Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Job Ref: 2762044RL | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

This newly created offers a fantastic opportunity for an experienced manufacturing engineer to join Rocket Lab’s Propulsion Team.  As Propulsion Manufacturing Engineer you will work with the team to develop and improve the production of Rocket Lab’s Rutherford Engine components and assemblies.

Working closely with the R&D team in Auckland you will also interact daily with Rocket Lab’s Production Facility in Huntington Beach, USA, as well as working with a global network of suppliers. 

Key tasks will include troubleshooting of detail component defects up to developing new assembly tooling fixtures and procedures and working with the design team to improve production time and quality.

Propulsion Manufacturing Engineer Key Responsibilities
  • Perform manufacturability reviews on new designs
  • Develop new and review existing production processes for precision machined parts, additive manufactured parts, fabricated parts and o assemblies
  • Work alongside design engineers and supply chain to bring newly developed hardware into production to meet flight schedule
  • Achieve “production ready” date from “design freeze” date
  • Proactively identify opportunities for quality improvements or cost/efficiency reductions
  • Reactively troubleshoot and resolve production quality, cost and delivery issues
  • Work with technicians and other engineers performing production to create simple and easy to interpret processes
  • Support the design and test teams in qualification testing of new designs
  • Develop production acceptance testing process and equipment based on qualification testing requirements
Minimum requirements
  • A degree in mechanical, manufacturing, aerospace engineering or equivalent qualification
  • 10+ years of experience in manufacturing or production environments
  • Proficient knowledge in Solidworks or equivalent CAD program experience
  • Strong Document management system experience
  • Manual and CNC machining experience
  • Excellent knowledge of manufacturing processes
  • The ability to take a prototype into production
  • Lean manufacturing experience
  • Hands on experience

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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