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Avionics Test Engineer

Job Ref: 2992181ccccc | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About Rocket lab
Rocket Lab is the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch. Launching from right here in New Zealand, we design and build innovative technology to give small satellites a premium ride to orbit.
 
Small satellites play a crucial role in our day-to-day lives – they connect us, keep us safe, help us understand our planet and manage our impact on it, and they enable us to innovate and explore. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab.
 
Our relentlessly innovative team is behind Electron, the world’s only truly commercial small satellite launch vehicle in operation today. With multiple orbital launches under our belt and a record of 100% mission success, we’re opening access to space to improve life on Earth. We’ve built a world class team with a reputation for doing the impossible. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference.  Every day, we pursue ideas that challenge, excite and demand more of us, and we make them real. Be a part of it.
 
About the role
As a member of the Avionics Test group, you will be on the front-line of cutting-edge avionics hardware development. You will have the unique opportunity to develop novel and streamlined test systems for mission-critical avionics and software used on the Electron rocket. This includes but is not limited to flight computers, power electronic systems, high-voltage components, FPGAs, RF systems, and components used in guidance, navigation, and control. In your role you will work to uncover how electronic circuits behave under the harshest of conditions and support the development of new test systems from the ground up including software and custom electronics. Our fundamental goal is to ensure our payloads reach orbit on time, every time. Your role working with avionics hardware is critical to this mission, and the main line of defence to ensure the quality and reliability in a fast-paced production environment.
 
Essential skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or other engineering discipline
  • 5+ years relevant industry experience
  • Experience with hardware development or electronics test engineering
  • Experience in programming, preferably in python, LabView or C/C++
  • Experience in analysing circuits and developing functional test plans
  • Understanding of electronic circuits, design principles and manufacturing techniques to analyse and improve test coverage
  • Understanding and experience in environmental design testing, such as vibration, shock, thermal and TVAC
  • Familiarity with national instruments platforms including DAQ, PXI and cRIO
  • Understanding of instrumentation, interfaces and sensors including power supplies, oscilloscopes, serial devices, switch topologies, accelerometers, thermocouples, RTDs and 4-20mA sensors
 
As well as a being a career-defining role, working at Rocket Lab means being part of meaningful projects with world-leading experts.
 
Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference.
 
We get things done. Our team is nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented. While other companies talk about it, we do it. This means projects get the green light faster and ideas are put into practice rapidly.
 
Everyone works on the big stuff. This isn’t a huge aerospace company where you get lost in bureaucracy and end up a tiny cog in a giant machine. At Rocket Lab, your work directly impacts the success of each mission. Everyone’s voice is heard, and everyone can contribute major projects. This is your chance to play a pivotal role in developing space systems that change the way we access space.

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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