Quality Inspector

Job Ref: 2696586 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About the Role
As a Quality Inspector at Rocket Lab you will be in tasked with ensuring the quality of components that are used in the build of the Rutherford rocket engine. The 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 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 this role will be responsible for inspecting and ensuring that the components and parts manufactured are within the critical dimension and are suitable for space flight. This role will have a strong focus on ensuring a high level of quality is maintained while meeting production schedule. To succeed in this role it is vital you have an extremely high level of attention to detail.
Minimum requirements
  • 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.
  • The ability to read GD&T symbols and interpret engineering drawings
  • Extraordinarily 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
Desirable 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 Power Point
  • Experience with additive manufactured components or castings
  • Knowledgeable in a range of manufacturing techniques and processes
Additionally, you must be able to 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.

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. In support of this, Rocket Lab is developing the Electron orbital launch vehicle. Electron is a small launch vehicle capable of lifting a 150 kg payload to a 500 km sun-synchronous orbit.
Rocket Lab is rapidly scaling in size to meet the high demand from customers. The company is expanding globally and is currently growing the team based at Rocket Lab’s Los Angeles Headquarters. Rocket Lab believes in giving highly-skilled engineers ownership of complex aerospace programs from start to finish, creating a workforce of empowered and motivated individuals utilizing cutting-edge technologies to redefining how the world accesses space.
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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