Propulsion Operations Engineer

Job Ref: 2977036343 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

This is an excellent opportunity for a Propulsion Operations Engineer to contribute to the Propulsion Team test operations for Rocket Lab.
In the role of Operations Engineer, you will be responsible for planning and performing propulsion testing and launch activities within the company, this includes:
  • Rutherford and Curie propulsion systems
  • Vehicle stage assemblies
  • The propulsion launch processes and procedures during launch campaigns
On a day to day basis you will be testing rocket engines, subcomponents and full Electron stages for development and acceptance before launch to space, as well as participating in critical launch operations.
This is a truly brilliant opportunity to work on the most exciting engineering project currently being undertaken in New Zealand.
Key areas of responsibility include:
  • Test Operations – ensure activities are performed to the necessary quality and on time to meet company milestones. Define and peer review test requirements and test results.
  • Launch Operations – participate in critical launch operations as required, including launch operations as well as pre-launch preparation and post-launch reviews.
  • Test Facility – ensure that testing activities can be carried out to the defined test requirements and work with the test facility manager to achieve these activities.
  • H&S – Ensure that all staff, including yourself are trained to the appropriate safety practices and operating procedures.
Minimum Requirements
  • A Bachelor’s engineering degree or an equivalent qualification
  • 2+ years mechanical engineering experience in aviation or aerospace
 Desired Skills
  • Demonstrable understanding of thermodynamic and fundamental mechanical engineering concepts.
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • The ability to work well within a team environment.
  • Heavy emphasis on achievement and details – getting things done efficiently, effectively and to the highest quality standards.
  • The ability to take a flexible approach and to adapt to change quickly
  • Tenacity, a can-do attitude and the ability to think quickly and make accurate judgements.
About Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab is the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch. Launching from right here in New Zealand, we design and build innovative technology to give small satellites a premium ride to orbit. 
Small satellites play a crucial role in our day-to-day lives – they connect us, keep us safe, help us understand our planet and manage our impact on it, and they enable us to innovate and explore. 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 relentlessly innovative team is behind Electron, the world’s only truly commercial small satellite launch vehicle in operation today. With multiple orbital launches under our belt and a record of 100% mission success, we’re opening access to space to improve life on Earth. We’ve built a world class team with a reputation for doing the impossible. Every day we pursue ideas that challenge, excite and demand more of us, and we make them real. Be a part of it.


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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