Engineering

Graduate RF Systems Engineer

Job Ref: 3090991cc | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab is the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch. Launching from right here in New Zealand, we design and build innovative technology to give small satellites a premium ride to orbit.
  
Small satellites play a crucial role in our day-to-day lives – they connect us, keep us safe, help us understand our planet and manage our impact on it, and they enable us to innovate and explore. 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 relentlessly innovative team is behind Electron, the world’s only truly commercial small satellite launch vehicle in operation today. With multiple orbital launches under our belt and a record of 100% mission success, we’re opening access to space to improve life on Earth. We’ve built a world class team with a reputation for doing the impossible. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference.  Every day, we pursue ideas that challenge, excite and demand more of us, and we make them real. Be a part of it.
  
About the role
As a RF Systems Engineer, you will work closely with RF engineers and you will play an important role in the design and development, integration and testing, operational deployment and frequency licencing of radio frequency communications systems used to support Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle. You will be challenged daily and to succeed you will need to adapt quickly and thrive under pressure to achieve tight project deadlines.

There are three main areas of responsibility which are:

Systems Engineering
  • Support the systems engineering process associated with Electron RF systems and associated ground stations, including requirements definition, system design and associated documentation products
  • Conduct market surveys for prospective RF components, and support prototyping and evaluation activities
  • Support the engineering change process associated with deployment of new Electron RF systems and bringing new systems/components into operational use
Production and Operations
  • Support the production teams with RF related testing of Electron
  • Develop and conduct checkout procedures for ground stations to verify nominal operation
  • Train operations teams on how to conduction ground station checkouts
Frequency Licencing
  • Develop and maintain a broad understanding of Rocket Lab’s RF systems and associated licences
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of the RF regulatory environment
  • Support discussions with regulatory agencies
  • Prepare frequency licence applications associated with Electron, Photon and associated ground stations
  • Support frequency coordination activities]
Essential skills:
  • Bachelors degree or diploma in Engineering, majoring in electronics/communications/RF
  • A general understanding of RF communications systems and radio propagation theory
  • An understanding of systems engineering process and associated documentation
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Effective communication skills and ability to build strong working relationships
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.

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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