Avionic Systems Engineer

Job Ref: 2831213JD1 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About the Role 
Rocket Lab’s mission is to revolutionize the way we access space. We develop and launch advanced rockets to put small payloads into orbit more frequently, at a fraction of the cost of cumbersome traditional launch services. We are ushering in a new era of unprecedented access to space.We are seeking a Systems Engineer to lead the high-level architecture of our flight electronics, as we move into an exciting phase of launch capability.   As a member of the Avionics group, you will bring systems engineering expertise to the design of complex electronic systems, ranging from flight control electronics, power systems, and communication systems, and more. Working in a small and dynamic team, your role will be fast-paced and inter-disciplinary, and require excellent domain knowledge as well as communication and team skills. 

Core Responsibilities
  • Work in multi-disciplinary teams to identify and understand system requirements, including management of competing or conflicting requirements. 
  • Translate system requirements into functional architectures and interfaces.  
  • Create harness design and interconnectivity solutions for electronic systems. 
  • Create and maintain accurate launch vehicle electrical schematics
  • Identify and quantify technical risks for the launch vehicle including fault tree analyses and FMECA, proposing mitigation strategies for managing risk. 
  • Work with mission management to accommodate unique spacecraft electrical requirements. 
  • Lead working groups our design teams as needed to conduct trades or resolve technical issues. 
  • Develop system processes and contribute to configuration management processes. 
  • Create simulations and analyses to predict launch vehicle behaviour, including signal/power integrity, timing/power budgets, etc.   
  • Perform hands-on troubleshooting during integration and operations of the avionic system, investigating system-level anomalies and behaviour. 
  • Perform trade studies and R&D to optimise the electronic systems for performance, reliability, manufacturability, and testability. 

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in mechatronics, electronics or equivalent. 
  • 5+ years’ relevant industry experience.    
  • Strong experience with Systems Engineering design practices.  
  • Strong experience with electronics, signal integrity, layout, and grounding principles. 
  • Experience in system-level design tools, requirements management tools, fault tree analyses, failure mode and effects analysis, and hazard and risk analysis. 
  • Demonstrated experience in assessing risk, prioritizing, and working with multiple competing tasks. 
  • Excellent multi-disciplinary skills and the ability to learn new fields quickly. 
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, both written and oral.Preferred Skills And Experience
  • Experience in high-reliability and/or high-performance industries. 
  • Experience in process improvement and automation techniques. 
  • Understanding of communication protocols (TCP/IP, UDP, RS422, SPI, etc)

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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