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Senior Test Engineer

Senior Test Engineer

companyRocket Lab
locationJohn C. Stennis Space Center, MS, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time


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 1,800 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.


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!


You will be responsible for engineering work related to Archimedes engine testing. You will focus on Archimedes achieving its functional requirements to the required quality and schedule. You will have the scope to direct engineering efforts across and outside the direct team in the best interest of the company. Engineering direction and decisions are solved by providing guidance and resource allocations to the rest of the team.


  • Serve as the Senior Test Engineer on a team of engineers and technicians who run liquid rocket engine propulsion tests
  • Design, construct, operate and maintain propulsion test facilities
  • Generate and execute detailed test procedures
  • Review and interpret test data for facility health and engine performance
  • Specify and procure components and propellants
  • Work with vendors and subcontractors
  • Plan and oversee facility schedule
  • Support requirements development in conjunction with the propulsion design team to establish needs for test sequencing
  • Establish requirements for new facility capability
  • Contribute to configuration management, quality, cost, and process control
  • Be an advocate for safety of the test team and the test stand operations

YOU’LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATIONS (Note: Candidate must meet every qualification to be considered):

  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 5+ years of work experience in the aerospace industry
  • Proven track record of delivering multiple complete and successful engineering projects from conception to operation
  • Broad experience in propulsion testing and operations that includes one or more of the following:
    • Structural design and analysis
    • Cryogenics systems design
    • High pressure gas systems design
    • High fidelity analytical modelling including dynamic fluid models


  • Master's or PhD in an engineering discipline
  • Demonstrated skills within the rocket propulsion industry where applicable to deliver required company outcomes
  • Direct experience with liquid natural gas or liquid methane as a rocket propellant
  • Demonstrated excellence in leading a test program from concept to completion
  • Background of technical expertise in sub-component to full flight system testing
  • Software development for data acquisition and control systems
  • Working knowledge of complex IT systems associated with propulsion testing
  • Working knowledge of complex IT systems associated with propulsion testing

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 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 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.