Safety and Reliability Engineer

Job Ref: 3307518cbc | Type: Contract or Temp

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About The Role

About Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. 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 team is 500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.

           While other companies talk about it, we do it!
About the role

Working within the Safety and Mission Assurance team you will be responsible for ensuring the safe and reliable design of Rocket Lab engineering products including launch vehicles, spacecraft, and ground support systems.

The role involves working closely with multidisciplinary teams across mechanical, electrical, software and systems engineering to identify and assess hazards by performing the appropriate safety and reliability analyses such as preliminary hazard listing and analysis (PHL/PHA), HAZOPs, fault tree analysis, event tree analysis, zonal analysis and FMECAs. You will ensure identified hazards are assessed and tracked in the product hazard log.

You will be responsible for the creation and maintenance of system safety files. You will ensure they are technically accurate and that they clearly and concisely document the safety argument and supporting evidence to aid regulator review.  

This role would suit systems safety, reliability, RAMS, ILS or trials safety engineers from other industries such as rail, aerospace, or defence.

  • 2 to 4+ years of experience in a safety or reliability engineering role
  • Tertiary qualification in engineering or related science discipline
  • Proficient in analysis techniques to meet a range of safety and reliability objectives
  • Self-starter ability to gather evidence from different engineering disciplines
  • Ability to execute project safety plans
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office suite, particularly Word and Excel
  • Able to work in NZ and meet all Rocket Lab security requirements
  • Proficient in using requirements management tools e.g. IBM DOORS, JAMA Connect
  • Experience with hazardous systems such as ordnance systems, cryogenic systems, high pressure systems, high voltage systems, highly combustible materials or toxic materials
  • Understand the interaction of safety with environmental and mission assurance functions
As well as a being a career-defining role, working at Rocket Lab means being part of meaningful projects with world-leading experts.

Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference.

We get things done. Our team is nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented. While other companies talk about it, we do it. This means projects get the green light faster and ideas are put into practice rapidly.

Everyone works on the big stuff. This isn’t a huge aerospace company where you get lost in bureaucracy and end up a tiny cog in a giant machine. At Rocket Lab, your work directly impacts the success of each mission. Everyone’s voice is heard, and everyone can contribute major projects. This is your chance to play a pivotal role in developing space systems that change the way we access space.

Important Information
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.

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