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. 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
Launch your career with one of the most exciting internship opportunities in New Zealand! This is a fantastic opportunity for an aspiring manufacturing engineer to kickstart their career and learn from some of the best in the business.
You will help engineer Rocket Lab’s manufacturing processes, design equipment to be used in production lines, and help troubleshoot manufacturing/quality issues to affect production and delivery targets at Rocket Lab’s state of the art manufacturing facilities in Auckland, NZ.
- Working towards a BS, MS, or an advanced degree in a relevant engineering program.
- Capable of being self-managed and committed to working in a fast-paced environment.
- Hands-on experience through engineering project teams, lab research, or through a prior relevant internship or work experience.
- Professional and positive communication skills.
- The ability to read and interpret basic mechanical drawings and electrical schematics
- Familiarity and/or experience working with a 3D CAD package (i.e. SolidWorks/NX/Catia)
- Enrolled in a relevant course of studies with a preferred minimum of 4 completed semesters with composite focused courses
- Experience or knowledge of most composite manufacturing techniques (autoclave pre-preg, compression molding, filament winding, wet lay-up etc.)
- Knowledge of standard composite practices (cleaning, bonding, curing cycles etc.)
- Practical experience through school or private projects, work or internships (Please include extensive information on these with your application)
- Strong English communication skills (written and spoken)
- Experience with CAD (Solidworks, NX or Catia preferred)
Auckland Production Complex:
Rocket Lab’s state-of-the-art rocket development and production facility in Mt Wellington, Auckland, is designed for rapid mass production of the Electron rocket. Opened in October 2018, the facility enables the company to build an Electron rocket every week.
Being based at this facility, this role comes with a range of team benefits including subsidised meals and an on-site gym.
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.