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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.ย  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.

ย ย  While other companies talk about it, we do it!

About the role
Rocket Labโ€™s Analysis Team uses first principles physics, modelling, simulation, and data analysis to solve challenging problems involving structures, dynamics, fluid flow, and thermodynamics. As a Structural Analyst I, you will contribute to the analysis, design validation, and future improvements of Rocket Labโ€™s suite of Launch Vehicles, Space Systems, and Space Components through analysis. Day to day, you will be expected to review flight data, define loads and environments, perform detailed simulations and physics-based analysis, guide design, and help validate analysis, design, and system performance through test. Scope of work may additionally extend to supporting launch and test ground systems, propulsion development, launch operations, customer interaction, and establishing technical methodology.

****Essential skills

  • A degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or similar field
  • 1 - 3 years industry experience, ideally from the Aerospace, Automotive, or Marine industries
  • A keen physics-based approach to problem solving
  • Strong command of structural mechanics
  • Experience with one or more industry standard structural FEA packages: ANSYS, Nastran, Abaqus, Optistruct/Hyperworks
  • Experience using NX CAD and Teamcenter packages (or comparable industry standard packages) with emphasis on model interrogation and defeaturing for subsequent analyses
  • Familiarity with programming, especially in Python
  • Comfort executing to changing deadlines within a high pressure environment
  • Comfort working independently and in a team
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues and engineering professionals

****Desirable skills

  • Familiarity with vibroacoustic modelling and analysis
  • Understanding of static and dynamic structural test methods, including:
    • o Modal Correlation
    • o Random Vibration
    • o Equivalent Sine Input
    • o Shock
  • Understanding of accurate prediction of component life and structural margins, including:
    • o Ductile metal failure
    • o Fatigue
    • o Fracture
  • Experience with sensor selection and data post-processing/ interpretation (accelerometers, strain gauges, thermocouples etc.)
  • Familiarity with manufacturing processes, including conventional machining, and additive manufacturing
  • Experience in structural analysis of composites (laminate design, joint design, materials characterization, environmental effects)
  • Familiarity with non-linear material simulation, including metal plasticity, elastomers, and adhesive joints
  • Familiarity with industry standards (e.g. MIL-STD-1540, GSFC-STD-7000, ECSS-E-HB-32, NASA-STD-5001)

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 โ€“ 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.ย  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.ย  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.ย  For more information on these Regulations, click here\_laws/itar.html

Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab

New Zealand, Auckland

Posted 2 months ago

Job offer closed

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