Manufacturing Liaison Engineer at Vector
Huntington Beach, CA, 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 Manufacturing Liaison Engineer will be responsible for ensuring components and subsequent processes are designed for manufacturability. This role is for a dynamic, self-starting individual with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at our facility in Huntington Beach, CA with occasional travel to our facility in Tucson, AZ.  

A typical day might include the following:

  • S/he will be directly reporting to the Director of Manufacturing
  • Work with engineering team to ensure DFM and DFA is appropriately addressed prior to design release.
  • Provide guidance and implement processes to streamline vehicle part count and implement poke-yoke where possible.
  • Review design technical data packages to ensure manufacturability and perform Manufacturing sign off.
  • Lead the Manufacturing and Assembly of Development Vehicle build. 
  • Ensure that appropriate tooling and fixtures are available to support MAIT activities.
  • Provide direction to the build technicians and work closely with them during the build process.
  • Generate MAIT sheets/work instructions for inspection, installation, and testing of structures components, and highlighting best practices and quality points in the processes.
  • Develop tools and processes to track and document Manufacturing and Assembly process steps and ensure documentation of the as-built vehicle configuration.
  • Work with vendors to identify tools and equipment that can be used to improve the manufacturing/assembly process.
  • Act as vendor manufacturing PoC to ensure appropriate manufacturing documentation and act as liaison to resolve manufacturing issues and non-conformances.
  • 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:

  • B.S./M.S. in Aerospace/Mechanical/Industrial Engineering or equivalent is required
  • 5+ years of relevant manufacturing engineering experience
  • Proficient in Teamcenter and NX
  • Must be proficient using Microsoft Office suite
  • Willing to travel approx. 15-20% to Tucson, AZ facility to support test campaigns and support program reviews is likely
  • 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:

  • 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.