Avionics Test Lead [Electronics / Avionics]

Job Ref: 3198741cbc | 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
As part of the Avionics team your role will be Test Lead, a hands-on people manager role reporting to the Avionics Manager alongside the Leads for the Integrated Electronics & Design team(s). Your team will have 8-10 members and you’ll need to guide and mentor them whilst working alongside them, as well as managing Avionics Testing projects with budget and time constraints. These are the two principle components of the role, but other elements will include communicating your technical strategy to other teams and working cross-functionally on projects with almost every other team. We’ve built up a very collaborative environment at Rocket Lab and there’s a lot of room to build more.

Our ideal candidate is someone from a strong DFM background who has led Design & Test efforts of highly customized Electronics, because that is what our Avionics team work on most of the time. We build flight computers, power electronic systems, high-voltage components, FPGAs, RF systems, and many other components used in the guidance, navigation, and control of Rocket Lab vehicles.
Essential skills
  • Bachelors Degree or higher in Electronic Engineering or similar
  • Minimum 10 years experience in the Design & Manufacturing of Electronic Systems
  • 3-5 years experience as a People Lead, with a preferred focus on Design & Testing
  • Demonstrable methodological approaches to troubleshooting complex Electronic Systems
  • High proficiency in multiple areas of testing; analog; high-speed digital; power electronics


  • Knowledge of Environmental Testing; Vibration, Shock, Thermal, TVAC
  • Experience Python, C/C++ and the SDLC in general
  • Project / Program Management skills

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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