Senior Recovery Systems Engineer

Job Ref: 3215112 | 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
Rocket Lab is developing the systems required to recover and reuse the Electron first stage. A ‘fail fast’ approach is used to meet aggressive schedules and quickly build institutional knowledge, and this approach is instrumental to the development of the recovery system. The Senior Recovery Systems Engineer will play a critical role in the development of the systems to facilitate the deceleration and retrieval of the Electron first stage. The role requires a versatile and hands-on engineer with a good level of physical fitness; in addition to the design, development and testing of recovery systems, the Senior Recovery System Engineer will participate in and lead offshore recovery operations on occasion.

Essential skills
  • Bachelors or Masters in Mechanical, Aerospace, Marine Engineering, or a related field
  • 5+ years’ experience with mechanical and structural design
  • Experience with NX CAD or SolidWorks CAD software and production of manufacturing drawings
  • Goal oriented attitude focusing on achieving the requirements in aggressive timelines
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong hands-on approach to system and component development
  • Ability to work in a team and to build effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Able to function in an offshore environment without debilitating sea-sickness
  • Willing to work offshore for extended durations
  • Able to climb ladders and stairs, carry loads, operate at height or in confined spaces on a pitching vessel
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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