Avionics Test Lead

Job Ref: 3198741cb | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. 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 team is 500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action-oriented.
While other companies talk about it, we do it!
About the role
We are getting closer to embarking on our journey to the moon for NASA and our first private voyage to Venus in search of life and have a rare opportunity for an Avionics Test Lead who will play a pivotal role in the success of these missions!  You will be responsible for leading your team in testing, qualification and technical architecture of automated testing systems for Electron avionics.  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. 
Essential skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical/Mechatronics or a similar related field
  • High proficiency in multiple areas of electronic testing, including analog, high-speed digital, and power electronics.
  • High proficiency in environmental testing such as vibration, shock, thermal, burn-in, and TVAC.
  • Extensive understanding of instrumentation, interfaces, and sensors.
  • Programming experience in Python, LabView, or C/C++. Good understanding of software development processes.
  • Understanding of electrical schematics and electronics manufacturing to analyze and improve test coverage.
  • Strong troubleshooting skills and an aptitude for technical guidance and mentoring of junior engineers.
  • Demonstrated engineering judgement, looking at all available options to solve a problem.
  • The ability to communicate technical information in clear and concise ways to inform decision making.
  • The ability to generate and communicate business cases for capital investment, including test equipment or tools, or entering relationships with vendors or contractors.
  • The ability to communicate technical strategy and direction, creating engagement and motivation in the team.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a technical contributor while managing a small team and contractors.
  • Ability to mentor and coach for performance.
  • Effective at collaborating across teams and departments.
  • Effective at managing relationships with 3rd party vendors and contractors.
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.
Important Information
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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