Launch 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 the boundaries of space.  

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 Launch Engineer will be responsible for building, evolving, and maintaining VECTOR launch license applications and associated technical documentation, developing relationships with existing and new launch ranges/sites, building out our launch operations capabilities, acting as a technical interface across multiple departments, and supporting periodic launches as part of the Mission Operations Center (MOC) team. This role is for a dynamic, self-starting individual with great attention to detail, ability to execute on-time, every time, and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position located at our Huntington Beach, CA facility.

A typical day might include the following:

  • Working with fellow members of the Launch Operations team to prepare and launch rockets!
  • Supporting and conducting Launch Operations in the MOC as a reserve on-console team member
  • Reviewing and complying with FAA Part 415 and 417, AFSPCMAN 91-710, Range Commander’s Council, and NASA regulations
  • Developing and writing launch license applications and technical documentation to comply with the applicable regulations
  • Acting as a technical interface between mission management/customers and the engineering team to ensure technical and mission success
  • Engaging with launch range personnel to develop, build, and maintain strong relationships as VECTOR enters new markets
  • Working with launch ranges to ensure VECTOR achieves technical and mission assurance goals for every mission
  • Implementing systems engineering best practices to support product and program development efforts across multiple Vector projects and products

This job might be for you if you have these:

  • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, systems engineering or closely related field
  • 2+ years of progressively responsible experience in an engineering capacity in support of launch operations/engineering or 0+ years with a Master’s degree
  • Experience in technical writing and requirements compliance
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Willing to travel <20% to Tucson, AZ facility and launch ranges, to support test/launch campaigns and support launch operation pathfinding activities, 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:

  • Advanced degree in Engineering
  • Experience with previous launch vehicle development projects
  • Working knowledge of flight safety systems
  • Proficiency with FAWS
  • Skill with Teamcenter
  • Capability to work as a member of a cross-functional team
  • BIG vision to reshape the multi-billion launch market
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • VECTOR strongly believes in the power of the individual and seeks people who share our passion for innovating, building and flying

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 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.