Principal Manufacturing Engineer (Avionics)

Job Ref: 2843192 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About Rocket Lab
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 Huntington Beach 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.
Principal Manufacturing Engineer (Avionics)
Rocket Lab has an immediate opening available for a principal manufacturing engineer in the Avionics department. The ideal candidate; has experience guiding a fast-growth private manufacturing company through R&D/prototype to large-scale production, enjoys a hands-on manufacturing environment, has practical knowledge of both machining and design to manufacturing and can provide recommendations and guidance on critical production/manufacturing decisions.
Required Experience & Education
  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, electrical, aerospace, or manufacturing engineering.
  • 10+ years of experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Hands-on DFMEA, PFMEA methodologies and Fault Tree Analysis.
  • Conducted process and design FMEAs resulting in substantial reduction of risk and design changes.
  • Production ramp-up of complex electro-mechanical, mechanical, or composites systems.
  • Successfully introduced new product to shop floor.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal      
Preferred Skills
  • Experience modeling with 3D CAD software e.g.: SolidWorks, Inventor, NX/Unigraphics, Catia
  • SPC knowledge and experience applying statistical methods to track process capability.
  • Basic competency with SQL databases and SQL programming
  • Pareto analysis, root cause and corrective action experience.
  • Capacity modeling, process mapping, Lean and continuous improvement principles.

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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