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Mechanical Engineer - Test Infrastructure

Job Ref: 2644105 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

Rocket Lab’s mission is to revolutionize the way we access space. We develop and launch advanced rockets to put small payloads into orbit more frequently, at a fraction of the cost of cumbersome traditional launch services. We are ushering in a new era of unprecedented access to space.

Small satellites have a crucial role to play in improving understanding of our planet and humanity’s impact on it. Rocket Lab’s lightweight carbon composite Electron launch vehicle is designed to give these satellites dedicated launches and flexible orbit options. From real-time earth imaging and improved natural disaster prediction, to crop management and global internet, improved access to space enables us to take informed, deliberate steps in the management of our planet.

On May 25 2017, Electron made history as the first orbital-class launch vehicle to reach space from a private launch facility. It marked a significant milestone in eliminating commercial barriers and opening space for business.

Founded in 2006 by Peter Beck, Rocket Lab is headquartered in Los Angeles with operations and a launch site in New Zealand. It is a privately funded company with investors including Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Lockheed Martin, Promus Ventures and Data Collective.

About The Role
 
Testing rockets is one of the most exciting jobs out there. The test infrastructure must be state of the art to ensure the tests are carried out successfully and efficiently. Rocket Lab is looking for a mechanical engineer that can own mechanical engineering design and implementation of infrastructure on existing and new facilities.

Day to day you will be responsible for project scoping, design engineering, liaising with suppliers and fabricators, installation and commissioning of new and upgraded infrastructure. You will be required to take ownership of your work and meet deadlines that align with testing operations. You will be required to work on site regularly and contribute to test operations as needed.

Minimum Requirements
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • 5 years industry engineering experience
  • Solidworks experience (other platforms acceptable)
  • Excellent at mechanism design
  • Excellent understanding of pressure, temperature and flow physics of liquids and gases Excellent communication skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Hands on and initiative
  • P&ID experience
  • Stainless steel fluid systems experience
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 http://www.pmddtc.state.gov/regulations_laws/itar.html.

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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