Propulsion Testing Technician

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Rocket Lab is the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch.

Rocket Lab is the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch. Launching from right here in New Zealand, we design and build innovative technology to give small satellites a premium ride to orbit.

Small satellites play a crucial role in our day-to-day lives – they connect us, keep us safe, help us understand our planet and manage our impact on it, and they enable us to innovate and explore. 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 relentlessly innovative team is behind Electron, the world’s only truly commercial small satellite launch vehicle in operation today. With multiple orbital launches under our belt and a record of 100% mission success, we’re opening access to space to improve life on Earth. We’ve built a world class team with a reputation for doing the impossible. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard and everyone makes a difference. Every day, we pursue ideas that challenge, excite and demand more of us, and we make them real. Be a part of it.

About the Role

We are looking for a driven Propulsion Testing Technician to support our Rutherford Testing Team. This is an entirely hands on role where you will be required to reliably and consistently perform duties for engine testing.

The testing team is responsible for completing all of the development, qualification and acceptance testing for the Rutherford rocket engine. The engine uses liquid oxygen and hydrocarbon propellants that are fed to the combustion chamber with electric turbo pumps. Rocket Lab averages one hot fire (engine test) per day at the test site, so if you like powerful advanced engineering then this role is for you.


  • Contribute to engine assembly and pre-test checks
  • Contribute where necessary on the engine testing
  • Responsible for engine strip down and cleaning processes
  • Ongoing improvements and maintenance when not engine testing

Preferred skills & expertise

  • A qualified Fitter Turner or Aircraft Technician
  • Mechanical assembly experience (preferably aerospace)
  • Can-do attitude, enthusiastic, proactive and open to learning
  • Ability to work long hours during the week and at least one weekend day
  • Methodical work ethic with a excellent eye for detail

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.

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. For more information on these Regulations, click here.

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