Lead Engineer - Propulsion Test

Job Ref: 3154785456 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

Rocket Lab has recently built a new test complex that will house Rocket Lab’s propulsion testing team who carry out rocket component, engine and stage 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. We have an opportunity for an experienced Lead Engineer to join the team in the position of Lead Test Engineer.
As Lead Test Engineer you will be responsible for leading an entire function of engineering work on propulsion testing. You will have the scope to direct the team's engineering efforts, as well as provide direction for other teams across Rocket Lab for the organisation’s success. This position is vital to the success of Rocket Lab’s Propulsion testing program and requires an individual with a strong background in mechanical research and development. On a daily basis the role will predominantly be contributing to the development of new products with the development of existing products being second priority.

What you need to bring to the role
  • 6+ years in industry experience in the mechanical research & development space
  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent qualification
  • Proven track record of leading a team to deliver multiple projects from conception to operation
  • Experience working on 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 domains 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 
  • 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, 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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