Instrumentation & Control Engineer

Job Ref: 2993457 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

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
This opening presents a fantastic opportunity for an experienced instrumentation and controls engineer to join Rocket Lab and work on the most exciting engineering project currently being undertaken in New Zealand. You’ll be a crucial member of the company.
We are looking for someone who can hit the ground running when it comes to working with LabView. You will be challenged regularly, you will need to adapt quickly and thrive under pressure.

Day to day you will be working performing tasks related to data acquisition and control of hydraulic, cryogenic, pneumatic, electromechanical and electrical systems. You will be developing and implementing GUI and HMI as well as working on automation - designing, programming and testing automated launch machinery to ensure exact task completion.
Minimum requirements
  • Degree in Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering or equivalent qualification
  • 3+ years industry experience
  • Experienced working with Labview & C/C++
  • Excellent process controls and instrumentation understanding
  • Previous hands-on experience with data acquisition systems, sensors, motors, actuators and process controllers with an eye for detail
  • Capable of creating accurate schematics for manufacture, installation, testing and troubleshooting
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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