Senior Launch Engineer - Mechanical Systems

Job Ref: 2968084456 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

About Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch. Launching from right here in New Zealand, we design and build innovative technology to give small satellites a premium ride to orbit. 
Small satellites play a crucial role in our day-to-day lives – they connect us, keep us safe, help us understand our planet and manage our impact on it, and they enable us to innovate and explore. 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 relentlessly innovative team is behind Electron, the world’s only truly commercial small satellite launch vehicle in operation today. With multiple orbital launches under our belt and a record of 100% mission success, we’re opening access to space to improve life on Earth. We’ve built a world class team with a reputation for doing the impossible. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard and everyone makes a difference.  Every day, we pursue ideas that challenge, excite and demand more of us, and we make them real. Be a part of it. 

About the Role

As a Senior Launch Engineer – Mechanical Systems you work within the wide Launch Engineering team, your role will focus on the fluids and ground support equipment for launch pad systems.
Your responsibilities will include the design, build, testing and commissioning of mechanical launch pad systems which include fluids and gas storage and transfer systems, as well as supporting structures, mechanisms, and tooling.   This position will also see you involved in project planning and working closely with technicians to ensure projects are delivered on time and to specification. As a senior member of the engineering team you will be a subject matter expert and technical decision maker. 
The position has four main areas of responsibility
  • Design – You will take a senior lead in the design and development of mechanical systems which include vehicle interfaces, fluid systems, structures, and mechanisms
  • Integration & Test – Key responsibilities include the development and execution of test plans and procedures, development of test equipment and post-flight test data analysis
  • Operation Support – You will work closely with our Launch Test & Operations team you will design and maintain launch pad systems and procedures, whilst also supporting technicians remotely to trouble shoot activities
  • Team Development – As a senior member of the team you will be mentoring our junior engineers and undertaking technical design reviews.
Preferred skills and expertise 
  • Mechanical, or process, engineering degree or equivalent
  • 6+ years’ experience in engineering design, test and/or operations in aerospace and/or industrial sectors
  • CAD, SolidWorks, EPDM
  • Fluid system design to ASME B31.3
  • Ability to read, understand and follow detailed schematics, drawings and instructions
  • Ability to work in fast paced, autonomously driven environment
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships
Desirable skills
  • Experience with launch pad systems OR oil and gas, process, mining, or other similar industry
  • Experience with cryogenic, flammable, and combustible fluid storage and transfer systems
  • Experience with structural design and analysis
  • Experience with fabrication/production of industrial machinery and equipment 
  • NX and Teamcenter
  • Experience with ASME, ASTM, and/or NASA ground system standards would be an asset
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.

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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