Quality Inspector

Job Ref: 2696586 | 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. Our Huntington Beach facility is seeking passionate, highly-skilled Inspectors 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 a workforce of empowered and motivated individuals has been the cornerstone of our success and essential to our continued growth as we redefine how the world accesses space.

Quality Inspector

As the Quality Inspector you will ensure the quality of components used to build the Rutherford rocket engine. The Rutherford engine is a regeneratively cooled pump fed rocket engine with LOx and kerosene propellants. It is the primary propulsion system of Electron.

All major components of the engine are 3D printed including the thrust chamber, injector, main valves and pump parts. The remaining parts are machined from raw material or procured externally. Day-to-day responsibilities include inspecting and ensuring manufactured components and parts are within the critical dimension and are suitable for space flight. This role focus on ensuring a high level of quality is maintained while meeting production schedule. To succeed in this role it is vital that the Quality Inspector have an extremely high level of attention to detail.

Minimum Experience / Skills
  • 3+ years' of experience working in quality assurance role in aerospace industry or similar.
  • Experienced with hand measuring instruments including vernier calipers, micrometers, depth gauges, feeler gauges, pine gauges, thread gauges, surface roughness measurement, etc.
  • Ability to read GD&T symbols and interpret engineering drawings.
  • High attention to detail when performing in-process assembly inspections.
  • Proactive, enthusiastic, self-motivated and able to work productively without direct supervision.
  • Experience with non-conformance tracking and issue resolution in MRB processes.
  • Experience working under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Highly organised with faultless attention to detail.
  • Computer literate, able to follow instructions and record day to day activities.
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships.
Preferred Experience / Skills
  • 5+ years' of experience in the aerospace industry.
  • Knowledge of CMM machines.
  • Welding Visual Test (VT) certification
  • Ability to author inspection procedures via MS Word or PowerPoint.
  • Experience with additive manufactured components or castings.
  • Knowledgeable in a range of manufacturing techniques and processes.
Additional Information
This position requires travel to the New Zealand facility for training and/or production support as necessary. Frequency of such trips are dependent on specific role but generally do not exceed five per year and three weeks at a time. The role will otherwise be based in Huntington Beach, California.

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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