Senior Mechanical Design Engineer [Satellite Components]

Job Ref: 3224420SC | 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
As a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer at Rocket Lab, you will be required to work on projects to develop new space components that support the company evolution from a launch provider to an end-to-end space solutions company.  Rocket Lab is currently combining manufacturing capabilities and innovative technologies to make world-leading satellite hardware accessible to more customers, in a high growth industry.

We are looking for someone with expertise in reaction or momentum wheels, control-moment gyros, or brushless motors. This highly collaborative position will work closely alongside, and develop strong relationships with, a variety of different subject matter experts across a range of departments to enable the manufacturing and testing of new reaction wheel designs.
Required skills
  • Brushless motor drive circuits
  • Vacuum tribology
  • Microvibration measurement and mitigation
  • Rotor balancing
  • Rolling bearing analysis
  • Magnetics design
  • Brushless motor drive circuits
  • Electronics for space environment
  • Control systems and estimators
Highly Desirable: 
  • Experience in the design and manufacture of satellite reaction wheels, momentum wheels, or control-moment gyros
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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