LC2 - Avionics Technician

Job Ref: 2987172 | 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, 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 member of the Vehicle Integration team, you will install avionic and mechanical components, wiring harnesses and high voltage batteries onto the Electron launch vehicle. 
The Vehicle Integration team is group of highly qualified technicians with backgrounds in both avionics and mechanical experience, with the team working together it is vital you have a versatile skill-set to ensure team goals and deadlines are meet.
You will also work closely with Rocket Lab’s production departments who supply the hardware assemblies as well as having regular contact with design and test engineers to achieve the highest product quality and safety standards required for Rocket Lab launch vehicles.
Preferred skills and expertise 
  • Must be able to demonstrate 8+ years of relevant industry experience in aviation manufacture or maintenance
  • A high work rate and be able to work overtime and long hours if needed
  • A very high level of attention to detail and the ability to produce work to an exceptional standard of accuracy
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as autonomously
  • Ability to read, understand and follow manufacturing instructions and drawings
Launch Complex 2:
NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island in Virginia, USA, is the site of Rocket Lab’s dedicated Launch Complex 2. Boasting a storied history in the space industry, Wallops Island has supported the launch of more than 15,000 rockets since June 1947, as well as testing for the United States’ human space program, Mercury space capsule, and science experiments of the Earth’s atmosphere and sea topography. Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 2 adds to that history, with the site bringing the company’s global launch availability across its launch complexes to more than 130 missions per year, as well as adding a Launch Vehicle Integration and Assembly Facility on-site.

Close to major hubs such as Washington D.C, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Baltimore Maryland, and Richmond Virginia, but free of the traffic and congestion, Wallops Island is a beautiful place throughout the four seasons, with many opportunities for hiking, rafting, canoeing, hunting, and fishing. 
The team at Launch Complex 2 come from various backgrounds, whether that’s building launch pads, integrating rockets, or launching balloons. They are smart, hard-working, look after each other, and are unafraid to take on a challenge. They innovate, test ideas, and succeed together. Join them.
Important Information:
To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.

Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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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