Manufacturing Engineer - Fabrication

Job Ref: 4426031003 | Type: (a) Full-time

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About The Role

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. 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 team is 500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly and we are action-oriented.

While other companies talk about it, we do it!

Manufacturing Engineer - Fabrication
Located at Rocket Lab HQ in Long Beach, California.  The fabrication manufacturing engineer will develop, implement, and continuously improve propulsion component manufacturing process, as well as, machining, welding, tooling, and quality techniques. 


Process and Tooling

  • Train and develop CNC programmers. 
  • Create new and improve existing CNC programs.
  • Improve tolerances and machine efficiencies.
  • Develop production procedures and processes. 
  • Ensure documents are clear and accurate in support of repeatable and reliable manufacturing.
  • Design, develop, and implement production environment tooling to improve cost performance, delivery, and quality.
  • Provide engineering support for day-to-day production and quality processes.
  • Train production and leadership personnel on new and existing processes and procedures. 

Design for Manufacturability

  • Contribute and steer design reviews, and provide technical expertise in support of design for manufacture and test.
  • Oversee introduction and implementation of new products and product revisions.


  • Llead problem containment and root cause/corrective action investigations, when required.
  • Analyze and resolve manufacturing discrepancies and non-conformances.
  • Collaborate with Quality group to identify and drive quality-related initiatives and improvements.
  • Perform structured root cause analysis of in-process failures.
  • Liaison between production, quality, supply chain, and design engineering staff for complex problem solving and process changes.

Continuous Improvement

  • Identify, plan, and execute capital equipment, machine, and layout upgrades in preparation of business cases, and to meet production requirements.
  • Lead continuous improvement process via Lean & Six Sigma tools and techniques.
  • Develop, introduce, and maintain new planning, production, quality, ERP, data collection and analysis, and other processes where none currently exist.


  • Domestic and international travel may be required.
  • Additional duties as reasonably required.
  • Be a role model for a safety-conscious culture.
  • Ensure health and safety policies, PPE, standard operating procedures are followed.
  • Ensure near misses and incidents are reported promptly and accurately.


  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, aerospace, or manufacturing engineering, or equivalent.
  • 5+ years of experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to create and deliver accurate and concise presentations for design, manufacturing, and quality.
  • Experience modeling with 3D CAD software.
  • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision in a timely manner.
  • Adaptable and comfortable in an exciting, dynamic, and evolving environment.
  • Hands-on with a passion for continuous improvement and building the best hardware.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.


  • Working proficiency with DFMEA, PFMEA methodologies and Fault Tree Analysis.
  • SPC knowledge and experience applying statistical methods to track process capability and performance.
  • Competency with SQL databases and SQL programming.
  • Experience designing tooling in an aerospace manufacturing environment.
  • Pareto analysis, root cause and corrective action experience.
  • Working experience with capacity modeling, process mapping, Lean/Six Sigma, and value stream mapping.
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) experience.

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

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