Manufacturing

CNC Programmer & Operator - Composites

Job Ref: 2877312 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About the role:
As a CNC programmer/operator in the composites team at Rocket Lab, you will be part of a team responsible for the prototype, manufacture and development of parts for our Electron Rocket. 

Day to day you will be expected to use your expert manufacturing knowledge and skills to produce high quality components using a range of materials. The primary responsibility of the CNC Operator/Programmer is to maintain and operate the CNC machines to build flight-ready hardware that meet Rocket Lab specifications at the needed rate.

You will programme & operate a new CMS MX5 with a custom 6th axis to machine large composite components. This requires an experienced programmer/operator who can set up the machine, design holding fixtures, and general layout for efficiency.

The vast majority of the components that you machine are used directly on the rocket and will travel to space! 

Requirements:
An enthusiastic and self-motivated attitude is required to fit into the team. All parts require a high attention to detail to ensure success of the assemblies which make up the electron launch vehicle.
  • A toolmaker Fitter Turner background is preferable but not essential
  • 5+ years CNC milling or turning experience
  • Experienced and capable using manual machinery
  • A high level of attention to detail coupled with a methodical and careful approach to work
  • Proven experience working to deadlines
  • Experience working with SmartCAM or GibbsCAM
  • Experience with Siemens and Fanuc controllers
  • Able to self manage and prioritise work flow.

Why Rocket Lab?
We'll offer you a career-defining role, with interesting, meaningful projects working with world leading experts. You will be challenged every day; there will be lots to learn and plenty to do. Based at our new state of the art facility in Mt Wellington, Auckland, this role comes with a range of staff benefits including subsidised meals and an on-site gym. If you want to be challenged, solve problems with innovation and work on the advanced space systems that are changing an entire industry, Rocket Lab is the place to do it.

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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