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LC-1 Electrical Technician

Job Ref: 295703445612 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

The Launch Technician - Electrical is part of a tight-knit team of technicians and engineers that build, test, and maintain critical launch systems at the world’s first - and only - private orbital launch site. The Launch Technician - Electrical’s work is varied, from working on critical launch pad hardware,to more delicate electrical support infrastructure.  The role focuses on the maintenance, repair, and installation of electrical equipment, systems, and components across the launch complex.

  • Perform daily scheduled maintenance and/or repair of systems and components critical for launch - specifically components and parts in electrical fixtures and circuits, wiring connections, systems, devices, and equipment.
  • Maintain, repair, replace, and install electrical components of machinery and equipment across the launch complex.
  • Install electrical enhancements and major upgrades across the launch complex.
  • Carry out electrical work from instructions, detailed schematics, and drawings - efficiently, accurately, and to architectural and code specifications.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned and required, including assisting other technicians during launches with vehicle roll out, launch procedures, and post-launch pad maintenance and repair.
Preferred skills and expertise 
  • Previous experience in a heavy commercial or industrial environment.
  • Experience and strong understanding of Instrumentation and control systems.
  • Ability to diagnose, test, and repair various electrical devices, systems, and components.
  • Knowledge and/or understanding of current New Zealand codes, rules, and regulations with regards to electrical work and equipment.
  • Experience with data systems and equipment.
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow technical manuals and reports. 
  • Basic computer and programming literacy and understanding.
Additional requirements
  • Current New Zealand electrical licence.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to represent Rocket Lab and  to build strong, long-term relationships within the local Mahia community.
  • Capability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines, with the initiative and confidence in your own skills and ability to make sound decisions under pressure.
  • Willingness to step up and outside your current skill set to learn and/or assist with additional tasks on-site when required.
  • High level of attention to detail and excellent troubleshooting capability.
  • Available to work extended hours and/or weekends as required.
The world’s only private orbital launch site, Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 is located on the beautiful Māhia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island - east coast. Though Rocket Lab designs and manufactures its rockets elsewhere in New Zealand, you’ll be part of the team at the actual Electron launch site, working alongside a dedicated, hard-working, tight-knit crew. The diverse team at Launch Complex 1 in Māhia is made up of locals from the East Coast, wider New Zealand and international staff who have relocated to this popular beach and holiday destination. As well as enjoying the most beautiful drive to work you could ask for, opportunities abound on days off for surfing, fishing, and other outdoor activities that aren't as easily accessible in major cities.

The teams and facilities at Launch Complex 1 are growing all the time, making Māhia an exciting location for your next career move.

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.

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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