Welder / Fabricator, Technician II

Job Ref: 4942095003 | Type: Regular

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About The Role


Rocket Lab is a global leader in launch and space systems. The rockets and satellites we build and launch enable some of the most ambitious and vital space missions globally, supporting scientific exploration, Earth observation and missions to combat climate change, national security, and exciting new technology demonstrations. Our Electron rocket has provided reliable access to orbit since 2018, becoming one of the most frequently launched rockets in the world. Neutron will be our next rocket on the launch pad, an advanced 13-tonne payload class, reusable rocket to launch the mega constellations of the future. Our space systems business includes our extensive line of satellites and components that have enabled more than 1,700 missions including the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA Psyche Mission, Artemis I, Mars Ingenuity helicopter, and more.  

Join our pioneering team and launch your career to new heights!


Neutron is a medium lift launch vehicle capable of delivering the mega constellations of tomorrow, high assurance payloads, and human spaceflight. As a highly reusable launch platform, Neutron will deliver a highly cost-effective and reliable launch solution leveraging Rocket Lab’s proven execution history with the Electron program. If you’re interested in joining a high performing team, pushing the boundaries with a clean sheet development of re-usable liquid launch vehicle, this is your opportunity!


The role of Welder/Fabricator is key to building, testing, and implementing LC-3 for the Neutron Launch vehicle. With a focus on the fabrication and fitout of fluid system piping, you will be part of a tight-knit team of technicians to build, integrate, test, operate and maintain critical launch ground systems. As a welder/fabricator you will work closely with the Engineering, Technician and Logistics teams to plan, fabricate, test and install various ground service fluid systems, including workshop based spool fabrication and site fitout/welding.



  • Preparation and fabrication of up to 24NPS schd40 spools
  • Preparation and fabrication of up to 2inch tube spools
  • On-site welding of pipework as required
  • Fabrication of support fixtures and bracketry
  • As needed Precision cleaning of critical components
  • Troubleshooting mechanical issues as needed
  • Maintain a tidy and efficient workspace
  • Safe rigging and lifting of pipe spools as required for fabrication


  • Routine maintenance and upgrades of ground system fluid and mechanical systems
  • Continued improvement of preventative maintenance and inspection procedures

Launch Operations

  • Support Neutron test operations as required · Support launch operations as required
  • Team Support · When applicable mentor technicians for specific tasks
  • Maintain systems and processes to support lean operations
  • Support On-time progress reporting
  • Maintain 5S - Continual improvement of processes and procedures


  • 5+ years of relevant welding experience.
  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Competency to answer technical questions on components and skills relevant to welding/fabrication.
  • Ability to read engineering drawings
  • Experience with GTAW stainless steel pipe and tube welding
  • Ability to pass ASME 6G tests on required coupons to cover WPS for up to 24 NPS schd40 pipe


  • Orbital welding
  • Tube bending
  • High pressure gas systems
  • Hydraulics
  • High familiarity with ASME B31.3 standards
  • Ability to assist in WPS creation and refinemen


  • Standing for long periods of time, climbing up and down ladders, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, and stretching may be required to perform the functions of this position
  • Able to lift up to 25lbs. unassisted
  • Must be able to climb ladders and be comfortable working in tight spaces.
  • Must be able to move repetitively, bend or twist, and use hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
  • Must be able to walk or stand for extended periods – 8 hours min 
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces


We’re on a mission to unlock the potential of space to improve life on Earth, but that’s not an easy task. It takes hard work, determination, relentless innovation, teamwork, grit, and an unwavering commitment to achieving what others often deem impossible. Our people out-think, out-work and out-pace. We pride ourselves on having each other’s backs, checking our egos at the door, and rolling up our sleeves on all tasks big and small. We thrive under pressure, work to tight deadlines, and our focus is always on how we can deliver, rather than dwelling on the challenges that stand in the way.   

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for the application/interview process for a job in the United States should contact Giulia Biow at dedicated resource is intended solely to assist job seekers with disabilities whose disability prevents them from being able to apply/interview. Only messages left for this purpose will be considered. A response to your request may take up to two business days.



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 ITAR Regulations.


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