Lead System Safety Engineer

Job Ref: 2813479 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

Rocket Lab has an opportunity for a Lead System Safety Engineer to join the team!  This person is responsible for pioneering technical and program level safety engineering efforts to establish and operate Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex – 2.
As the Lead System Safety Engineer you will lead and support key safety engineering deliverables for ground safety, range/flight safety, launch integration and operations. In the early stages of this newly created role, you will travel to LC-1 in New Zealand to understand an already proven launch operation.
This role also plays an active part during launch campaigns where responsibilities include leading or participating gated reviews as well as supporting operations on console.
Safety Engineering, Certification & Compliance:
  • Define and verify requirements for launch vehicle processing, pad activation and launch operations to ensure safety and maintain compliance with relevant range safety requirements such as FAA Part 400, NASA, AFSPCMAN, RCC, EWR and MIL-STDs
  • Lead safety engineering deliverables from planning through to delivery and acquiring approvals
  • Analyse existing and proven integration, test and launch processes at Rocket Lab’s LC-1 to produce equivalent safety documentation and data packages required at LC-2
  • Conduct technical analyses such as FMEA, hazard analyses, probabilistic risk assessments and fault tree analyses
  • Produce and maintain safety documentation and data packages encompassing launch vehicle systems, payload systems, launch pad systems, launch processing and operations
  • Develop and maintain launch plans for ground safety, flight safety and launch operations
  • Responsible for obtaining safety approvals from LC-2 range authorities
  • Generate and implement safety standards, work instructions, processes, procedures, and provide guidance to adequately mitigate identified hazards and risks
  • Continually review engineering designs, change requests, non-conformance reports, test/launch procedures for safety assurance
  • Support launch operations
Range Safety Integration & Coordination:
  • Liaison with range safety authorities
  • Coordinate with Range safety authorities to support analyses, readiness reviews, technical meetings and launch operations
  • Coordinate and work closely with Rocket Lab engineering teams to produce safety data packages and deliverables
Health & Safety:
  • Follow health and safety policies and standard operating procedures
  • Employ correct PPE in designated areas
  • Report near-misses and incidents promptly

  • Engineering degree or equivalent
  • 10+ years experience with space vehicles system design, testing or operations
  • Demonstrated experience with safety and/or risk engineering
  • Familiarity with FAA Part 400, NASA, AFSPCMAN, RCC, EWR and MIL-STDs
  • Experience with preparing safety documentation and data packages
  • Experience in requirements development and management
  • Familiarity with system safety analyses and tools
  • Strong technical writing skills
  • Project planning experience
  • Strong communication skills

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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