Lead Engineer - Propulsion Test

Job Ref: 3154785 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

Rocket Lab is excited to be developing its HyperCurie engine at its new propulsion test complex in addition to running continuous development on the existing Rutherford and Curie engines. This new complex will house Rocket Lab’s propulsion testing team who carry out rocket engine, stage and engine component testing. 

Currently all propulsion testing is undertaken on separate sites and this will bring them all together in the one location for the first time. With this development now well underway we have an opportunity for an experienced Engineer to join the team in the position of Lead Engineer – Propulsion Test.
In this role you will be responsible for leading the development test engineering work on the propulsion systems, your position will have the scope to direct the team's engineering efforts across and outside the direct team in the best interest of the company. Engineering direction and decisions are solved by the lead providing guidance and resource allocations to the rest of the team.
This is a fantastic opportunity that would suit an experienced mechanical engineer already working in research and development, who enjoys being hands on working in the testing and development space.  You will need to be capable of demonstrating previous team leadership experience and a track record of delivering engineering projects successfully. This is a great chance to bring your passion for new technology to the team at Rocket Lab.
What you need to bring to the role 
  • 6+ years’ experience working with in the mechanical research & development space
  • Bachelor degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent qualification
  • Proven track record of leading a team to deliver multiple complete and successful engineering projects from conception to operation
  • Experience working in one or more of the areas below to solve industry related problems applicable to rocket engines:
    • Structural static and/or non-linear analysis
    • Modal and/or frequency domain analysis
    • Computational fluid dynamics analysis
    • Heat transfer or thermal analysis
    • Sensors and instrumentation
    • Software Engineering 
  • The ability to work to deadlines in a high-pressure environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships         
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • A highly organised and proactive approach to your work
About Rocket Lab
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. 
Important Information: 
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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