Electronics Design Engineer [Avionics R&D]

Job Ref: 3216149cb | 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
The Avionics Design Engineer is an experienced contributor and a respected ‘go-to’ person within the Avionics department, responsible for components and subsystems for the Electron avionics system, upper stage, and other custom specialist electronics. Furthermore, the Avionics Design Engineer II will be a prime point of contact for issues, questions, and design changes for any given area of expertise. This role is highly technical, demanding specific experience in requirements capture and design, electronic circuit design, schematic capture, printed circuit board design, electromechanical design, and electronic testing for mission-critical and safety critical circuits. Our teams Avionics Components form a key part of the Electron launch vehicle, upper stage and orbital electronics, and electronics used in supporting equipment and ground support equipment.
Essential skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or other engineering discipline.
  • 3+ years of experience with hardware development or electronics test engineering.
  • Experience designing hardware from concept through production inclusive of developing requirements in accordance with provided constraints.
  • Understanding of electronic circuits, design principles, and SMT manufacturing techniques.
  • Experience in design and analysis of power electronic circuits and brushless motor control
  • Experience with eCAD software such as Altium to design analogue, digital and high-speed circuits and layouts.
  • Experience with mCAD software such as NX or Solidworks.
  • Experience using change management systems such as Altium Vault, SVN, or Git and PLM systems such as Teamcenter.
  • Understanding of FMECA, Reliability, derating and related analyses.
  • Understanding and experience in environmental design testing, such as vibration, shock, thermal, and TVAC.
  • Understanding of interfaces, sensors and instrumentation including power supplies, oscilloscopes, spectrum analysers, serial devices, and instrumentation.
  • Programming experience in Python, C/C++, or Rust an advantage.
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.

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