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Rocket Lab is redefining how we access space by providing frequent and reliable launch to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) – we’re opening access to space to improve life on Earth. Rocket Lab is the global market leader in dedicated small satellite launch, with a strong leadership team, solid financial backing and a full launch manifest.

To meet the growing demand of dedicated small satellite launch, Rocket Lab is assembling a world-class team.

Rocket Lab is it’s people. We are seeking passionate, highly-skilled individuals who are comfortable working in a dynamic, technically challenging environment where they will be given ownership of processes from start-to-finish.

The Photon Program

Rocket Lab is seeking exceptional engineers to work on its recently-announced Photon program. Photon is a first-of-its-kind platform in the small satellite industry: a versatile satellite bus that is also an integral part of the launch vehicle.

Engineers within the Photon team have a unique opportunity to help shape this space system and, given the high launch cadence of Electron, have unparalleled opportunities for end-to-end hardware development and on-orbit operations.

The successful candidate will have a strong set of technical skills, will have experience in related projects, and will thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Electrical Power Systems Engineer

Rocket Lab is seeking an engineer with experience designing space vehicle power systems and/or implementing power control and distribution avionics for space vehicles. As an electrical power systems engineer, you will participate in the design, development, and implementation of battery charging, power control, and distribution.

Position Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop & implement the power control system.
  • Develop methods for and participate in hardware testing.
  • Develop schematics and layouts, working with team members and external vendors.
  • Develop, in collaboration with SW & embedded systems teams, software and firmware.
  • Perform trade studies on architecture and implementation options.
  • Collaborate with systems engineers in developing requirements and managing interfaces with other vehicle elements.

Required Skills

  • FPGA design experience.
  • Solar panels and battery charging experience.
  • Schematic & layout experience.
  • Document management & systems engineering exposure.
  • Lab testing of both development and production-level PCB’s.
  • Experience working with subcontractors and vendors.
  • Ability to work independently and successfully manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to take a concept from requirements through design, build, test, production, and operations.

Required Education & Experience

  • 4-year degree in Electrical or Aerospace Engineering, or equivalent years of experience.
  • 2+ years’ of experience developing power control systems and/or other embedded systems for space application(s).

Desired Skills / Experience

  • Space-based electronics and radiation tolerance experience.
  • Altium Designer experience.

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.


  • Power system design experience for Space applications.
  • FPGA design.
  • Power control and embedded systems development.

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.

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