Manufacturing Engineer II - Avionics

Job Ref: 3153298cb | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About 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!

About the role
We have been selected by NASA to launch a path finding mission to lunar orbit in 2021.  This historic mission will lay the groundwork for the Lunar Gateway, paving the way for future missions to the moon and further exploration of our solar system. This role is essential to the success of this mission and for future exploration opportunities. We have an opportunity for an experienced Manufacturing Engineer to join the team to facilitate and optimize the production of Launch Vehicle system components for a high-growth Avionics production environment.
  • Develop, implement and continuously improve the avionics component, assembly and test manufacturing processes
  • Work on test solutions for in-house developed avionics hardware products which will fly to space
  • Develop modular and reusable automated test architectures which can efficiently be deployed across multiple product lines
  • Write automation software to interact with units under test, test equipment, instrumentation, and production documentation systems
  • Work closely with and consistently provide feedback to design engineers, test engineers on design or infrastructure improvements to increase product reliability and yield
  • Root-cause test failures to ensure issues are understood and develop/implement mitigations as part of a process of continuous improvement
  • Provide technical guidance and mentorship to junior engineers and technicians
Essential skills:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Electrical, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, or related
  • 5+ years’ experience as a Manufacturing / Production / Process Engineer ideally for electromechanical systems
  • Hands-on technical experience debugging complex systems within a Manufacturing environment
  • Strong communicator, with proven ability to deliver KPI’s with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
  • Can-do approach and flexibility to thrive around growing teams and processes
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Desirable skills:
  • Experience with ERP/PLM Systems - Siemens Team Center / Infor LN
  • Knowledge of production quality metrics
  • Experience transitioning products from prototype to production (Assisting NPI engineers via DFMEA and PFMEA)
  • IQ / PQ process driven project completion
  • PPS problem solving
  • Programming (LabVIEW, Python, C++, Git)
  • Understanding of electrical schematics and electronics manufacturing (SMT, PCB, PCBA and electromechanical assemblies)
  • Experience with automating test equipment and measurement techniques
  • Familiarity with National Instruments platforms including DAQmx, PXI, and cRIO
  • Extensive understanding of instrumentation, interfaces, and sensors including DMMs, DAQ, power supplies, oscilloscopes, DIO, GPIB, USB, Serial-422, GigE, SPI, switch technologies and topologies, accelerometers, RTDs, thermocouples, and 4-20mA sensors.
  • Understanding of environmental testing such as vibration, shock, thermal, burn-in, and TVAC
  • Experience modelling/drafting with 3D CAD software (GD&T ASME Y14.5 2009

As well as a being a career-defining role, working at Rocket Lab means being part of meaningful projects with world-leading experts.
Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference.
We get things done. Our team is nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented. While other companies talk about it, we do it. This means projects get the green light faster and ideas are put into practice rapidly.
Everyone works on the big stuff. This isn’t a huge aerospace company where you get lost in bureaucracy and end up a tiny cog in a giant machine. At Rocket Lab, your work directly impacts the success of each mission. Everyone’s voice is heard, and everyone can contribute major projects. This is your chance to play a pivotal role in developing space systems that change the way we access space.
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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