Senior Engineer - Integrated Operations (Avionics Systems)

Job Ref: 3173103768 | 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.
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Integrated Operations
Integrated Operations is the Rocket Lab organization responsible for integrated testing, launch, and mission operations for Electron launch vehicles and Photon spacecraft starting with stack testing through pre-launch processing, launch operations, on-orbit operations, and mission disposal. Integrated Operations is also responsible for configuration, checkout, and operation of related facilities, equipment, and infrastructure.
Senior Engineer - Integrated Operations (Avionics Systems)
In this position you will focus on testing and operations requiring technical expertise in electrical systems on launch vehicles, spacecraft, test facilities, and launch sites.  This includes avionics, electronics, power systems, communication and network systems, software development, data handling, RF systems, tracking & telemetry, instrumentation, and command & control systems.
Duties and Responsibilities

  • Derive test and operational requirements from program requirements
  • Develop, optimize, and maintain Concept of Operations (CONOPs) flow for testing and operations
  • Develop, coordinate, and execute plans and procedures to efficiently, effectively, and safely conduct a range of testing and operations across multiple programs
  • Plan, schedule, and conduct test and operations to meet program schedules
  • Develop, review, maintain, and improve test and operations procedures
  • Lead and conduct testing and operations activities in accordance with established practices and procedures
  • Lead and conduct test and operations on-console (while maintaining situational awareness and real-time communications throughout test and operations activities)
  • Ensure that testing and operations preserve the quality and integrity of critical flight hardware
  • Perform post-test and post-flight data review and analyses
  • Perform real-time troubleshooting to resolve test and operations issues
  • Work to continually improve and streamline integration, testing, and operations
  • Optimize and automate checkout, processing, testing, and operations
  • Contribute to and take ownership and accountability for Integrated Operations process improvement efforts
  • Develop and drive common processes and tools across Integrated Operations
  • Define, develop, and implement solutions to support increasing operational cadence
  • Ensure health and safety policies and standard operating procedures are followed
  • Domestic and international travel may be required
Skills & Expertise - Essential
  • Aerospace, mechanical, electrical, mechatronic engineering degree or equivalent
  • 5+ years of experience in engineering, test and/or operations
  • Self-driven, motivated, and contagiously positive
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships
  • Careful work ethic with an eye for detail
  • Ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines
Skills & Expertise - Desirable
  • 8+ years of experience in engineering, test and/or operations
  • 2+ years of experience in leading time critical multi-disciplinary engineering operations or equivalent
  • Experience working with launch vehicles or spacecraft including integration, testing, launch, and/or mission operations
  • Experience working with radio frequency (RF) systems including testing, operation, and maintenance of ground and flight RF systems
  • Experience with Java, Python, or other object-oriented programming language
  • Software development skills with solid understanding and experience working with web-based tools such as HTML and XML
  • Good understanding of networking with knowledge and experience in TCP/IP, UDP, multicast protocols, and packet switching and routing
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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