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Propulsion Technician

Propulsion Technician

companyRocket Lab
locationMaramarua 2471, New Zealand
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Technician
Full Time

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,500 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 position:

The Propulsion Technician team works closely with engineering and production teams to achieve the highest product quality and safety standards for Electron propulsion.

Propulsion Technicians receive engines and components from Production departments and complete the final assembly, testing and any maintenance activities require for those engines at the Test Complex.

Testing involves acceptance, qualification and sometimes development testing for the Rutherford engines, Curie engines and Electron stages. In addition to testing, facility infrastructure work is required from time to time to support maintenance, upgrades and contributions to new projects.

Propulsion Technicians are given a primary responsibility in one of three WorkCentres (Engine Test, Stage Test or Propulsion Assembly) and cross functional collaboration is in support of another WorkCentre as agreed with Management.

As a Technician, you will be hands on, working with tools, equipment and/or facilities to build, launch or test Rocket Lab launch vehicles or components. Your responsibilities contribute to the overall production and launch schedule.

Essential Skills:

  • Trade qualified and must be able to demonstrate 4+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Proven industry experience with mechanical and electrical production or maintenance activities
  • Capable of following a process without fault and show an impeccable attention to detail
  • Have a good level of eyesight and be able to inspect assemblies to a high workmanship standard
  • Experienced working with PPE and safety processes on/in hazardous equipment and environments
  • Experienced working in clean room environments including oxygen service cleanliness
  • Able to quickly identify and communicate deviations and has an eye for continuous improvement
  • Appropriate trade certificate in Mechanical or Electrical assembly

Preferred:

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as autonomously
  • Able to read, understand and follow manufacturing instructions and drawings
  • A high work ethic, always seeking more responsibility. Able to work long hours if required
  • Takes initiative & remains calm under pressure
  • Computer literate, and comfortable using smartphones and tablets

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits:

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and ground-breaking technology
  • An employee stock purchase program
  • Access to world leading experts to develop your career
  • Unlimited barista coffee, fruit, and snacks
  • Rocket Lab merchandise – T-shirts, mission patches etc.
  • Discounted health insurance with Southern Cross
  • Additional parental leave entitlements
  • A vibrant team culture with social activities throughout the year

If you would like to know more or receive a full position description apply now! All applications are considered and reviewed.

Important information:

FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN US OFFICES ONLY:

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 g.biow@rocketlabusa.com.This 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 CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN NEW ZEALAND OFFICES ONLY:

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.