Propulsion Technician- ATS at Vector
Tucson, AZ, US

With nearly two decades of sub-orbital launch experience and technology development, VECTOR needs your help in taking the next steps to push space boundaries.  

Job Summary

Innovation in space occurs when people have the freedom to imagine and to do. We are looking for other thought leaders in their fields of expertise who also believe in our vision and can work beside us to make this dream a reality. The Propulsion Technician- ATS will work closely with the Engineering personnel to assemble, integrate, test and operate flight and ground systems related to the VECTOR-R launch vehicle and its propulsion elements. This includes integrating and maintaining ground test equipment and supporting launch operations as required. This role is for a dynamic, self-starting individual with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position located at our Arizona Test Site (ATS) facility north of Tucson, AZ., with periodic travel to our Huntington Beach, CA site.

A typical day might include the following:

  • Support, lead and conduct the assembly, integration and checkout of propulsion and related elements onto flight and ground systems, including tubing, composite structures, electronics, mechanisms, pressure vessels and wire harnesses
  • Follow established documentation and hardware tracking practices to inspect, install, and configure propulsion and related test hardware elements
  • Work with Engineering personnel to develop jigs and fixtures in support of assembly and integration procedures.In addition to you will help to define and clarify assembly procedures to ensure correct built sequence, quality and verification
  • Collaborate with Engineering staff to finalize documents for dissemination to and training of other staff
  • Train and mentor junior staff in production and testing best practices
  • Maintain clean and organized work cells. Communicate needs for tools, storage, consumables, support equipment, etc.
  • Recommend means to improve the efficiency, safety, quality, and ergonomics of the propulsion build area
  • Identify and communicate means to improve tooling and processes where applicable
  • VECTOR strongly believes in the power of the individual and seeks people who share our passion for innovating, building and flying

This job might be for you if you have these:

  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • 3+ years of relevant experience in:
    • Manufacturing, assembly and test of launch vehicles, aircraft or other aerospace systems
    • Assembly, integration and test of high-pressure fluid systems (tanks, valves, regulators, etc.)
  • Willing to travel approximately 10% to Huntington Beach, CA
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 25 lbs (unassisted)
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Operate predominantly in an outdoor setting, with limited air-conditioned office space
  • Walking outdoors over unprepared surfaces
  • Work near and around cryogenic containers, explosive fuels and oxidizers
  • Manipulation of, and working around, large structures and mechanisms, including tubing, pressure valves, elevated propellant tanks, articulated and portable shelters
  • Extremely diligent when completing tasks, with a focus on proper documentation
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed

It would be impressive if you also have these:

  • Additional certifications, licenses, or other continuing education in manufacturing, machining or testing, preferred
  • MS Office in a Windows environment
  • Experience in hot fire testing of liquid rocket propulsion systems
  • Experience in the integration of flight propulsion systems
  • Experience with electronics and electrical equipment
  • Experience with fabrication, welding and metalwork
  • Leadership or supervisor experience
  • Experience using precision calibrated tools maintenance, upgrades and calibration of test stand equipment and support systems
  • Ability to troubleshoot both electrical, mechanical and software issues
  • Experience with CAD systems (NX, SolidWorks, etc.)
  • BIG vision to reshape the multi-billion launch market
  • Ability to work as a member of a cross-functional team
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team

Personal Requirements

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit and desire to be part of an innovative team that designs, builds and flies rockets? Put your skills to work and see if you have what it takes to become a part of the new frontier of rocket science. Search all of our job 

ITAR Requirements
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

VECTOR is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Each individual has the right to work in a professional environment that promotes equal employment opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.