Ground Segment Engineer

Job Ref: 3090437DBd | 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 Ground Segment Engineer, you will work closely with RF design engineers and contractors to establish, upgrade and maintain Rocket Lab’s ground station network. You will be challenged daily and to succeed you will need to adapt quickly and thrive under pressure to achieve tight project deadlines.Our next launch date is fast approaching and we are looking for someone who can hit the ground running, so previous RF test experience is essential.

There are three main areas of responsibility which are:

Maintenance of ground stations
  • Develop and maintain ground station maintenance schedules, procedures and spares parts lists
  • Conduct and coordinate routine ground station maintenance activities
  Ground station checkouts
  • Perform remote ground station checkout procedures to verify nominal ground station operation
  • Develop/extend ground station checkout procedures as needed
  • Train Operations team personnel to conduct ground station checkout procedures
  Establish and upgrade ground stations
  • Understand ground station requirement and design documentation
  • Conduct market surveys and procure and install ground station equipment
  • Coordinate and supervise on-site contractor activities
  • Conduct/support on-site installation activities
  • Conduct/support system testing activities
Essential Skills
  • Bachelors degree or diploma in Engineering, majoring in RF communications (or an equivalent qualification)
  • 3+ years' experience integrating and testing RF communications systems
  • Experience maintaining and troubleshooting RF systems
  • Experience using RF test and measurement equipment including network analysers and spectrum analysers
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Effective communication skills and the 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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