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Rocket Lab

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 1,300 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.

About Rocket Lab

From missions to the Moon & Mars, to looking for life on Venus, Rocket Lab has opened up a solar system of possibilities for innovation, exploration and infrastructure in space to make for a better world down here on Earth. At Rocket Lab, our employees have a once in a lifetime opportunity to work on cutting edge projects and leave their footprint in history. 

Rocket Lab has vertically integrated to become the world's leading end-to-end space company. From space software, separation systems, solar panels, reaction wheels, and in-house 3D engine builds, anything that goes to space will have a Rocket Lab logo on it.

With our Electron rocket and Photon spacecraft, we’ve simplified space, making it easy and affordable to get your ideas to orbit. And with the development of our re-usable rocket, Neutron, we will have the capabilities for mega constellation deployment, high value payloads, deep-space missions and human spaceflight come 2024.

Additive Manufacturing Technician

We are currently seeking an Additive Manufacturing Technician to join our highly dynamic team based out of Long Beach, CA.

What You'll Get to Do:

  • Uphold and follow all Additive safety measures – be an advocate for safe operations.
  • Prepare additive print jobs for success through attention to detail on setups.
  • Operate a variety of metal 3D printers, experience with EOS, SLM, & Renishaw preferred
  • Monitor operating parameters on production builds such as build times, recoat levels, early defects, material consumption rate.
  • Review print files and suggest manufacturing strategies to ensure success.
  • Execute additive finishing operations including powder and support removal, cleaning, and part handling.
  • Document build characteristics and observations to feed into Rocket Lab Additive Body of Knowledge via JIRA & Flame.
  • Identify and troubleshoot mechanical, optical laser, electrical, and build issues.
  • Conduct calibration of 3D Printers and interpret findings with Engineering.
  • Ensure conformance of part/build through independent inspection and print detail verification.
  • Follow work orders, procedures, specifications, and test instructions with attention to detail. Communicate any issues that are found.
  • Perform daily, weekly, and monthly preventative maintenance – as directed by Engineering.
  • Provide process improvement feedback and implement solutions in collaboration with Engineering.
  • Collaborate with Engineers on setup and fabrication of 3D prints and new hardware.
  • Utilize Root Cause Analysis tools to determine faults drivers.
  • Kick off issue tickets based on process/product non-conformances.
  • Drive Additive Internal 5S system with actions promoting sustainability in the Additive Department.
  • Utilize measurement tools (micrometer, caliper, surface plate etc.) to ensure high quality inputs and outputs, including post-print inspection and post-processing inspection.
  • Establish Additive operational foundation and drive process sustainability.

You’ll bring these qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Experience in a manufacturing, fabrication, assembly or testing environment.
  • Proficient in hand, power, and pneumatic tools such as drills, chisels, taps.
  • Proficient in inspection methods: surface plate, calipers, micrometers, height gauge.
  • Experience with operating machine tools: vertical mills, lathes, media blasters, cranes, or forklifts.

These qualifications would be nice to have:

  • Experience with operating metal 3D printers and knowledge of associated hazards Experience with Additive Manufacturing (AM) principles.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • Experience interpreting engineering drawings.
  • Experience using JIRA.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to climb ladders and work in tight spaces.
  • Ability to lift at least 25 lbs unassisted.
  • Willingness to work overtime, flexible shift schedules and weekends when needed.
  • Willingness to work around potentially hazardous material; Respiratory equipment and flame retardant PPE may be required.

Important information:


To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.

Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status

Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab

United States, Long Beach, California

Posted 2 months ago

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