Senior Mechanical Engineer (Propulsion Development)

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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.  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
Working as a Senior Engineer in the Propulsion Engineering Team at Rocket Lab will see you take ownership for product upkeep and development engineering work on the propulsion systems.   You will have the scope to perform independent engineering decisions across and outside the direct team.
This is an opportunity to bring your technical knowledge to assist in defining the standards set within the team, identifying the best solution when faced with engineering challenges and working through to implement solutions to ensure cost, quality, reliability and delivery requirements are achieved.
It is vital that you can bring with you a positive approach to your work and are capable of demonstrating a “how can I help” mentality to ensure Rocket Lab’s exacting standards of excellence are always met and the team continues to be motivated and encouraged to strive for higher goals.

Essential skills:

  • Bachelor's or higher in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
  • 5+ years of industry experience in Mechanical Design
  • Excellent knowledge of physics and engineering materials
  • Excellent knowledge of manufacturing processes
  • Capable of taking a concept into production
  • Experienced in Solidworks or equivalent CAD programs

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits:

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and ground breaking technology
  • 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


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.

Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab

New Zealand, Auckland

Posted 5d ago

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