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Senior Spacecraft Technician

Varda Space Industries

Varda Space Industries

El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2024

About Varda

The environment of space hold the potential to craft products that profoundly enhance life on Earth. Varda is at the forefront of this endeavor, harnessing the unique environment of low earth orbit to produce these innovations and reintroduce them to our world. Our mission transcends mere exploration; we're expanding the economic horizons of humanity.

At Varda, you'll be positioned at the nexus of ambition and expertise. Our seasoned team, with its rich legacy in aerospace and technology, has honed its skills in the corridors of industry giants. Here, your contributions will be both cherished and critiqued by leaders who, with a wealth of experience behind them, are now devoted to the realm of extraterrestrial manufacturing.

While our aspirations soar high, our path is grounded in technical pragmatism and operational viability. Our conceptual operations are crystalline material processing and reentry, backed by years of research and development anchored in the International Space Station's, and commercial space sectors expansive achievements.

Join Varda, and work to finally create a bustling in-space ecosystem.

About This Role

As a Senior Spacecraft Technician, you will be responsible for the entire build process across Varda’s vehicle. At Varda, you will be empowered to improve manufacturing processes, own production facilities, and learn new skills sets to support full vehicle builds. A Senior Spacecraft Technician will have experience in one or more of the following areas and be willing to learn others: Metal Machining, Soldering & Harnessing, Structure Assembly, Propulsion Assembly, Vehicle Integration, and Testing. Technicians are the first and last line of defense in ensuring a successful build. Technicians taking responsibility for the quality of work performed is key.


  • Stage and assemble flight and test equipment according to technical work instructions across a satellites complete build campaign
  • Work directly with engineers to improve build processes
  • Hands-on operation on sensitive hardware
  • Execute electrical and fluid testing according to test plans
  • Rig vehicles for lifting operations
  • Use precision calibrated tools
  • Operate basic metal machining tools
  • Assemble and test wire harness assemblies
  • Complete production floor maintenance and upkeep

Basic Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 5+ years of experience working hands-on as a technician in aerospace or aviation sectors
  • Teamwork, communication, and problem solving in a collaborative environment
  • Basic computer skills
  • Must be physically able to regularly lift 25 lbs.
  • Must be comfortable bending, stooping, and standing
  • Hands-on position may require standing for up to 6 hours a day and working directly with hardware on the floor

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Ability to read and execute work to engineering drawings and schematics
  • Assembling and testing propulsion systems
  • Assembling and testing electronic components
  • Installing rivets, bolts, and HI-LITE fasteners
  • Testing integrated complex systems such as satellites, planes, or rockets
  • Experience with forklifts, cranes, and lift rigging
  • Working in cleanrooms with ESD sensitive components
  • Knowledge of pressure, temperature, and load measurement devices
  • Proficient with computers and MS Office
  • FAA Airframe and PowerPlant license

Pay Range

  • Salary Range: $30-$50/hour
  • This role is on-site in El Segundo, CA
  • Leveling and base salary is determined by job-related skills, education level, experience level, and job performance
  • You will be eligible for long-term incentives in the form of stock options and/or long-term cash awards
  • Offer compensation also includes the ability to purchase company stock through the Employee Stock Purchase Plan

ITAR Requirements

  • Varda, like all employers, must ensure that its employees working in the United States are lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Additionally, our employees are exposed to and have access to certain export-controlled items. At present, some of our technology to which employees have access requires a license to be exported to individuals other than “U.S. Persons” as defined in U.S. export regulations. Because our employees are provided access to export-controlled items, our current policy is to only hire “U.S. persons” who are permitted to have access to our technology without an export license.

    “US person” means: U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident, or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) (i.e., individual admitted to the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum in the U.S.)

    Learn more about the ITAR here.


  • Exciting team of professionals at the top of their field to working by your side
  • Working in El Segundo, CA - an awesome Southern California beach city with quick access to entertainment and outdoor activities
  • Equity in a fully funded space startup with potential for significant growth
  • 401(k) matching
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Health insurance, including Vision and Dental
  • Lunch and snacks provided on site every day. Dinners provided twice a week.
  • Maternity / Paternity leave

Varda Space Industries is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Candidates and employees are always evaluated based on merit, qualifications, and performance. We will never discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, martial status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status.

E-Verify Statement

Varda Space Industries, Inc. participates in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security E-Verify program. The E-Verify program is an Internet-based employment eligibility verification system operated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Learn more about the E-Verify program.

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