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Lead Certification Engineer, Flight Termination Systems

Job Ref: 2791840 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

Rocket Lab is expanding rapidly to develop launch capabilities in the US, and with it are exciting opportunities to drive this capability from the get-go. Designed to serve both commercial and U.S. government missions, the second launch site expands Rocket Lab’s existing position as the industry leader providing frequent and tailored access to orbit. 

As the Lead Certification Engineer in the Flight Termination team, you will ensure the Flight Safety System is certified for all Rocket Lab launch facilities. You’ll work to understand unique range requirements, providing a direction for the certification of FTS and AFTS systems for the U.S. range.

You will work in cross-disciplinary teams, wearing many hats between electronics, vehicle systems, and range safety. You will work closely with the Avionics team to ensure new developments meet range safety requirements, and set up core infrastructure for launch operations. Getting in at the ground floor, you’ll drive the development of unique launch capability with highest strategic importance for the company. 

Responsibilities
  • Plan and execute Flight Safety System certification tasks with U.S. government agencies (e.g. FAA, Air Force, NASA) across all Rocket Lab launch locations
  • Evaluate FAA, RCC, DoD and/or U.S Air Force compliance of the FTS and AFTS system, providing direction for tailoring, waivers, or delta-qualification programs
  • Review and tailor the EEEE Piece Parts Program and ongoing compliance
  • Analyze new vehicle changes for electrical, mechanical, and EMI/EMC compliance impacts
  • Analyze technical issues for the risk to the flight safety system, including determination of probability and consequence
  • Expand and manage FTS and AFTS operator training and certification programs
  • Work with cross-departmental teams to analyze flight data and generate post-flight FTS/AFTS performance reports
  • Review operational and non-operational environments including vibration, thermal, and EMI/EMC environments to ensure FTS testing compliance
  • Work with vendors and suppliers to set up quality controls and supplier relationships
  • Support the AFTS program lead in establishing quality processes for manufacturing, installation, and testing
Minimum Requirements
  • Degree in electrical, electronics, aerospace engineering, or equivalent
  • 5+ years professional industry experience
  • Knowledge of US Government flight safety system requirements
  • Knowledge of US Government testing standards and specifications
  • Broad technical knowledge of flight safety system design and testing
  • Highly detail oriented, with excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to build relationships with vendors and external parties
Preferred Skills and Experience
  • Experience with CFR-417, RCC-319, RCC-324, 91-710 compliance programs.  
Important Information
To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State. 

Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States’ International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here.

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