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Senior Propulsion Test Engineer

Rocket Lab Ltd
Date Posted
24th July 2018
Auckland / New Zealand
Competitive Salary offered, opportunity to join Rocket Lab and live and work in New Zealand
Competitive Salary

We go to space to improve life on Earth. We are driven to broaden the horizons of what’s already possible in space and are inspired by the possibilities not yet imagined.  Rocket Lab is ushering a new era of unprecedented access to space.


In the role of Senior Propulsion Test Engineer, you will be responsible for leading the propulsion testing within the company, this includes:

  • The propulsion testing activities at the Auckland Airport Test Cell for the Rutherford and Curie propulsion systems
  • The testing activities at the Stack Test Site for the stage stack testing
  • The propulsion testing activities during launch campaigns

On a day to day basis you will be testing rocket engines, sub-components and full Electron stages for development and acceptance before launch to space.

This is a truly brilliant opportunity to work on the most exciting engineering project currently being undertaken in New Zealand.
Key areas of responsibility include

  • Team Management – Effectively managing the current team of 8 highly skilled and experienced test engineers
  • Test Operations - Scheduling and undertaking test operations to ensure activities meet current company deadlines and milestones
  • Hardware Development - Working with other Propulsion Team members to continually improve the design and functionality of the products through R&D and qualification testing
  • Health & Safety – Ensuring all staff are trained in safety practices and procedures and that Rocket Lab’s health & Safety strategy is followed at all times

Minimum Requirements

  • 5+ years testing experience ideally gained in the Aerospace industry
  • 5+ years team leadership and people management experience, with a proven record in being able to effectively manage and motivate a team.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or mechatronics engineering degree or equivalent qualification
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well within a team environment
  • Heavy emphasis on achievement and details – getting things done efficiently, effectively and to the highest quality standards.
  • The ability to take a flexible approach and to adapt to change quickly
  • Have tenacity, a can-do attitude and the ability to think quickly and make accurate judgements

Desired Skills

  • Experience with national instruments (although not essential is preferred)
  • Experience with Solidworks (although not essential is preferred)

About Rocket Lab 
Rocket Lab’s mission is to revolutionize the way we access space. We develop and launch advanced rockets to put small payloads into orbit more frequently, at a fraction of the cost of cumbersome traditional launch services. We are ushering in a new era of unprecedented access to space.

Small satellites have a crucial role to play in improving understanding of our planet and humanity’s impact on it. Rocket Lab’s lightweight carbon composite Electron launch vehicle is designed to give these satellites dedicated launches and flexible orbit options. From real-time earth imaging and improved natural disaster prediction, to crop management and global internet, improved access to space enables us to take informed, deliberate steps in the management of our planet.

On May 25 2017, Electron made history as the first orbital-class launch vehicle to reach space from a private launch facility. It marked a significant milestone in eliminating commercial barriers and opening space for business. Founded in 2006 by Peter Beck, Rocket Lab is headquartered in Los Angeles with operations and a launch site in New Zealand. It is a privately funded company with investors including Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Lockheed Martin, Promus Ventures and Data Collective.

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 http://www.pmddtc.state.gov/regulations_laws/itar.html. 

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