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Propulsion Assembly Technician

Job Ref: 4011185003 | Type: Full-time

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About The Role

Why Rocket Lab?

"Make everything you do a work of art." - Peter Beck

Rocket Lab is redefining how we access space by providing frequent and reliable launch to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) - we’re opening access to space to improve life on Earth.

Rocket Lab is the global market leader in dedicated small satellite launch, with a strong leadership team, solid financial backing and a full launch manifest. To meet the growing demand of dedicated small satellite launch, Rocket Lab is assembling a world-class team.

Rocket Lab is its people. We are 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.


Propulsion Assembly Technician

The ideal candidate will have industry experience as a propulsion assembly technician or an A&P license with 2+ years of experience in aviation, aerospace, or similar industry performing functions such as; mechanical assembly, repair, rebuild and/or overhaul (R&O), modification & maintenance.

As a propulsion assembly technician you will build sub-assemblies for the Rutherford rocket engine. Rutherford is regeneratively cooled electric turbo-pump rocket engine with LOx and kerosene propellants. The engine consists of a thrust chamber, pumps, valves, plumbing, TVC actuators, motor controllers, and other mechanical components.


Required Education & Experience

  • Industry or trade certified.
  • 2+ years of experience in mechanical assembly for aerospace applications.
  • Talented with mechanical assembly tools, pressure testing equipment and welding preparation.
  • Talented with electrical assembly tools, bench testing and measuring instruments.
  • Excellent time management and the ability to work overtime and weekends, as needed.
  • Eye for detail and a methodical, tidy and careful work ethic.


Preferred Experience & Skills

  • 5+ years of industry experience in mechanical fitting.
  • Experience with in-space mechanical assemblies.
  • Knowledgeable in manufacturing processes and continued product development.


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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