Senior Mechanical Development Engineer
Rocket Lab
Auckland, New Zealand
6d ago

About Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth.

There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab.

Our team is 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 role

The Senior Mechanical Development & Test Engineer works with the design and analysis teams to develop launch vehicle fluid systems and fluid components, mechanisms and structures.

Responsibilities include developing component requirements, prototype testing, specifying and executing testing in formal qualification programs, and the specification of acceptance test programs for flight articles.

In addition, you will be expected to mentor and teach junior engineers.

In this role you can expect to be involved in cutting edge programs from Rocket Lab’s Neutron medium-lift vehicle to interplanetary missions.

Essential skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (Aerospace / Mechanical / Mechatronics Engineering)
  • 5+ years’ developing and testing mechanical systems
  • Knowledge of instrumentation and signal acquisition (pressure, temperature, flow, etc.), a good understanding of error in measurement.
  • Creative, analytical, good at problem solving with a strong physics and mechanical engineering intuition
  • Ability to see the big picture and make connections i.e. think at the system level
  • The ability to take a flexible approach and to adapt to change quickly
  • Clear communication skills and ability to convey your technical understanding to juniors
  • Calm under pressure
  • Good hands on engineering skills
  • As well as a being a career-defining role, working at Rocket Lab means being part of meaningful projects with world-leading experts.

    Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference.

    We get things done . Our team is nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented. While other companies talk about it, we do it.

    This means projects get the green light faster and ideas are put into practice rapidly.

    Everyone works on the big stuff. This isn’t a huge aerospace company where you get lost in bureaucracy and end up a tiny cog in a giant machine.

    At Rocket Lab, your work directly impacts the success of each mission. Everyone’s voice is heard, and everyone can contribute major projects.

    This is your chance to play a pivotal role in developing space systems that change the way we access space.

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