About The Role
Founded in June 2006 as a center for advanced space systems, Rocket Lab’s goal is to remove the commercial barriers to space by providing frequent launch opportunities to low orbit Earth.
Rocket Lab is rapidly expanding to meet the global demand for our commercial launch service. The Huntington Beach facility is seeking passionate, highly-skilled individuals who are comfortable working in a dynamic, technically challenging environment where they will be given ownership of processes from start-to-finish. We believe that an empowered and motivated workforce has been the cornerstone of our success and will be essential to our long-term growth as we redefine how the world accesses space.
As a test technician for Rocket Lab you will be working on the electrical and electromechanical assemblies of the Electron Launch Vehicle avionics and Rutherford rocket engine. Electron is a unique LOx and kerosene vehicle in which the rocket engines are powered by electric pumps and batteries.
For the avionics testing there are flight computers, general avionics computers and control systems. For the engine testing there are motor controllers, engine computers and electromechanical actuators. All of which need to be tested for space flight. This test technician role fills the responsibility for the testing of these components and signing them off for use on the vehicle.
Specifically, day to day tasks will involve functional testing, bench testing, vibration and environmental testing. Technical capability with testing apparatus is critical to ensure all component are tested to the appropriate levels to be accepted for spaceflight. Superb hand skills are required with a good eye for detail to ensure all components meet the performance and quality requirements.
Required Experience & Skills
- Industry or trade certified
- 3+ years of experience in electronic component assembly for aerospace applications
- Talented with electrical assembly tools, bench testing and measuring instruments
- Experienced with vibration tables
- Experienced with thermal environment chambers
- Experienced with vacuum chambers
- Excellent time management and the able to work overtime and long hours if needed
- Eye for detail and a methodical, tidy and careful work ethic
- 5+ years of industry experience with vibration tables, vacuum and environmental chambers
- Experience with in-space electrical assemblies
- Experience with Labview
- Knowledgeable in manufacturing process and continued product development
Second Shift: 3:00pm - 11:30om
To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.
Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.
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.