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Avionics Technician, Lead

Job Ref: 2843384 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About Rocket Lab
Founded in June 2006 as a center for advanced space systems, Rocket Lab’s goal is to remove the commercial barriers to space by providing frequent launch opportunities to low orbit Earth.

Rocket Lab is rapidly expanding to meet the global demand for our commercial launch service. The Huntington Beach facility is seeking passionate, highly-skilled individuals who are comfortable working in a dynamic, technically challenging environment where they will be given ownership of processes from start-to-finish. We believe that an empowered and motivated workforce has been the cornerstone of our success and will be essential to our long-term growth as we redefine how the world accesses space.

Avionic Technician, Lead
The Lead Avionics Technician will supervise a team of up to 10 technicians to manufacture and test to the engineering specifications. You will lead daily activities for technicians to meet quality and schedule. 

Key Responsibilities Include
  • Managing leave requests and leave schedule.
  • Responsible for assigning workflow and delegating day to day task.
  • Provide immediate feedback on performance.
  • Manage the team’s skills matrix. Ensure required training is carried out.
  • Interview new candidates.
  • Can authorize training and certification of other direct reports.
Responsible for health and safety in your area
  • Ensure all health and safety procedures are followed.
  • Ensure training is completed.
  • Ensure all people (direct reports and others) act in accordance with safety requirements.
  • Identify and implement improvements if necessary and share with other areas.
  • Responsible for the quality of the work at their designated functional area of work.
  • Ensure team have read, understand and follow necessary manufacturing instructions and drawings.
  • Basic root-cause-analysis (incl. 5-whys and process adherence/validation checks) and the implementation of corresponding production related corrective action plans.
  • Authorize the release of flight components to the next workstation in accordance with the relevant component procedures.
Product Introduction
  • Support R&D activities by managing the R&D tech population in your area
  • Assist with pre-production manufacturing and develop the process to full rate production
  • Responsible for the scheduling of the work at their designated functional area of work
  • Assist the line manage in meeting production rate increases
  • Identify schedule risks and report to management and propose mitigation ideas
Report on daily team metrics and outputs
  • Quality
  • Delivery
  • Cost
  • People

Required Education & Experience
  • High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent. A&P license.
  • 5 years of quality assurance inspection in aviation / aerospace manufacturing
  • Experience with either soldering, wire harnessing, potting, or circuit board assembly and testing supervision.

Preferred Experience & Skills
  • Must be able to demonstrate a minimum of 8 years relevant industry experience
  • Proven ability to manage resources to meet expected production rate increases.
  • Proven ability to aligning capacity to production forecast
  • Proven ability to develop leadership in direct reports
  • Has shown high level of responsibility towards team
  • Has shown ability to improve processes and increase efficiency of tasks within functional area
  • A high work rate and be able to work overtime and long hours if needed
  • A very high level of attention to detail and the ability to produce work to an exceptional standard of accuracy
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as autonomously
  • Able to read, understand and follow manufacturing instructions and drawings
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.

Role Requirements

  • Recent leadership experience in avionics preferred.
  • 5+ years of QA inspection experience in aviation/aerospace manufacturing
  • Soldering, wire harnessing, potting, circuit board assembly experience.

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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