Launch Engineer - Electrical Systems

Job Ref: 3094381 | 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
As an Electrical Engineer with the Launch Engineering team you will help develop and maintain ground systems to support the world’s first mass-produced orbital launch vehicle. You will work on everything from power generation to launch vehicle communications. This is a unique opportunity to transfer you skills from the industrial world to a career in space.
With launch complexes on the Mahia Peninsular and at Wallops Island, Virginia, USA, our Launch Engineering team continues to grow to support Rocket Lab’s continued expansion, this team is based at Rocket Lab’s Mt Wellington facility and travel regularly to our different launch locations.
This role covers three key areas:-  
  • Design – You will play a major part in the team designing the launch range electrical systems as well as risk assessments, system hazard analyses and FMEA’s, undertaking failure investigations and root cause analysis
  • Test & Integration – You’ll be involved with developing and executing test plans & procedures to conduct component and system level testing of launch pad systems and vehicle interface
  • Operational Support – Working closely with our Test & Operations team you will ensure that systems are operational whilst also designing and maintaining launch pad systems and procedures 
Preferred skills and expertise 
  • Electrical engineering degree or equivalent
  • 2+ years’ industry experience
  • Experience with design, commissioning, operation and maintenance of power supply and distribution systems including generators and UPS’s
  • Knowledge of low and high voltage AC & DC systems.
  • Hands-on experience with electrical equipment, data acquisition, control, and automation systems
  • Ability to read, understand, and produce electrical schematics
  • Experience with AutoCAD
  • Ability to work in fast paced, autonomously driven environment
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships
Desirable skills
  • Experience with launch pad systems OR oil and gas, process, mining, or other similar industry
  • Experience with EPLAN
  • Experience with NI LabVIEW an asset
  • Experience with design of electrical systems for explosive atmosphere environments (AS/NZS/IEC 60079 or equivalent)
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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