Lead System Safety Engineer

Job Ref: 2813479456 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

  • Wallops Island Based
  • Possible Sign on Bonus
  • Relocation Allowance Offered

Founded in June 2006 as a center for advanced space systems, Rocket Lab’s goal is to remove the commercial barriers to space by providing frequent launch opportunities to low orbit Earth.
Rocket Lab is rapidly expanding to meet the global demand for our commercial launch service. The Wallops Island launch facility is seeking passionate, highly-skilled individuals who are comfortable working in a dynamic, technically challenging environment where they will be given ownership of processes from start-to-finish. We believe that an empowered and motivated workforce has been the cornerstone of our success and will be essential to our long-term growth as we redefine how the world accesses space.


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. During launch campaigns responsibilities include leading or participating gated reviews as well as supporting operations on console.

  • Define and verify requirements for launch vehicle processing, pad activation and launch operations to ensure safety and maintain compliance with relevant range safety requirements.
  • Conduct technical analyses such as FMEA, hazard analyses, probabilistic risk assessments and fault tree analysis.
  • Develop and maintain launch plans for ground safety, flight safety and launch operations.
  • Generate and implement safety standards, work instructions, processes, procedures, and provide guidance to mitigate hazards and risks.
  • Review engineering designs, change requests, non-conformance reports, test/launch procedures for safety assurance.
  • Coordinate with Range safety authorities to support analyses, readiness reviews, technical meetings and launch operations.
  • Employ correct PPE in designated areas.
  • Four-year degree in Engineering or equivalent.
  • 10+ years experience with space vehicles system design, testing or operations.
  • Demonstrated experience with safety and/or risk engineering.
  • Preparing safety documentation and data packages experience.
  • Requirements development and management experience.
  • Project planning experience.
  • Familiarity with FAA Part 400, NASA, AFSPCMAN, RCC, EWR and MIL-STDs.
  • Familiarity with system safety analyses and tools.
  • Strong technical writing and communication skills.
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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