Safety engineer

Job Ref: 3262354CBC | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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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 from space systems, launch vehicles and hazardous ground support systems. The role involves working closely with multidisciplinary teams across mechanical, electrical, software and systems engineering to perform the appropriate safety and reliability design analyses, and to elicit the necessary design safety requirements. You will be responsible for the creation of safety arguments and documenting them in clear and concise product safety cases which will be reviewed by external stakeholders, regulators, and auditors.
Rocket Lab is an exciting environment where you can make a difference to how things are done including being part of the wider development and improvement of company engineering processes.
This role would suit systems safety, reliability, RAMS, ILS or trials safety engineers from other industries such as rail, aerospace, or defence.
Knowledge of:
  • Systems engineering standards such as Mil Std 882, Defence Standard 00-56, CENELEC standards e.g. EN 50129, EN 50126
  • Range safety standards such as AFSCMAN 91-710
  • Functional safety standards such as IEC 61508, ISO 26262, DO-178C, EN 50128
Key analysis techniques:
  • Fault tree analysis
  • Zonal analysis
  • O&SHA
Essential skills

  • 4+ years’ experience in a compliance engineering or technical writing role within a highly regulated, technical industry
  • Excellent skills in structuring, writing, and maintaining technical documents such as compliance expositions and process manuals
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent skills in the Microsoft Office suite, particularly Word and Excel 
Desirable skills

  • Tertiary qualifications in an engineering or related technical discipline, or equivalent experience
  • Experience automating document preparation and integration with XML or similar data sources
  • Experience using document preparation tools such as LaTeX or FrameMaker
  • Experience with document automation and templating systems
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.  For more information on these Regulations, click here

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