Electrical Engineer (Avionics Hardware)

Job Ref: 4348983003 | Type: (a) Full-time

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About The Role

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!

The Photon Program
Rocket Lab is seeking exceptional engineers to work on the Photon satellite development team. Photon is a first-of-its-kind platform in the small satellite industry: a versatile satellite bus that is also an integral part of every Electron launch vehicle. Engineers on the development team will have a unique opportunity to help shape this space system and, given Electrons frequent launch cadence, will have an unparalleled opportunity to gain complete end-to-end hardware development and on-orbit operations experience across a broad range of missions and applications including Science & Research, Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) and interplanetary.


Electrical Hardware Engineer
Located on-site at Rocket Lab HQ in Long Beach, California the Electrical Hardware Engineer will participate in the development and test of avionics hardware for the Photon spacecraft. You will work collaboratively with engineers of various disciplines and participate in all aspects of electrical hardware development, from requirements definition through design, prototyping, fabrication, testing, and production. As an engineer on the Photon development team you will have frequent opportunities to test and operate your systems on-orbit.

Duties & Responsibilities

●Design PCB layout, schematic capture, and block diagramming in Altium Designer.
●Perform basic circuit analysis and simulations including power analysis, reliability checks, and circuit modeling.
●Support system integration and PCBA design verification tests
●Design harness and fabrication (fabrication what?)
●Production manufacturing support as needed.

Required Skills & Experience

●Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or equivalent.
●4+ years of experience in electrical hardware design including schematic capture and PCB layout.
●Experience designing; processors/MCUs/FPGAs, switch mode power supplies, communications interfaces (SPI, CAN, RS-422/485/232), analog-to-digital converters, and/or op amp circuits.
●Experience using schematic capture and layout tools.
●Proficiency with basic electronic lab equipment such as power supplies, oscilloscopes, DMMs, signal generators, soldering iron, etc.
●Ability to self-organize and manage competing priorities.
●Ability to learn new skills, tools, and technologies quickly.

Desired Skills & Experience

●Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or equivalent.
●Experience designing for aerospace applications.
●Successful completion of 2+ circuit board designs end-to-end from schematic capture, design layout, through testing.
●FPGA design experience.
●Embedded software development for ARM core processors.

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

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