Propulsion Test Engineer I or II

  • Contract
  • Posted 3 months ago
  • 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.

Company Details

Rocket Lab is redefining how we access SPACE. The satellites of today are getting smaller, doing more and costing less � and thousands of them need to get on orbit. Small satellites have been promised frequent, reliable and affordable dedicated launch for decades. Rocket Lab is delivering on this with a tailored, responsive launch service operating right now.


About Rocket Lab

At Rocket Lab, we believe the future will be defined and enabled by access to space.  As a world leader in launch and space systems, we’re making the future a reality and enabling the ideas of tomorrow to reach orbit today.  We’re unlocking the potential of space and ushering in a new era of opportunity and exploration for the benefit of humankind.

The Mission

As a Test Engineer in the Propulsion Test Team at Rocket Lab you will be responsible for contributing to test operations and development engineering work on the propulsion tests systems.  You need to be able to perform independent engineering as allocated with the possibility of product ownership as a responsible engineer. Risk, cost or quality-based decisions are escalated or reviewed as part of the workflow from the judgement of the engineer in this position.

This is a rare opportunity to join the team as we transition to a state-of-the-art new test facility where you’ll have access to the best equipment and learn from industry-leading engineers.

We are looking for an individual who is experienced working in one or more of the following areas:

  • Structural static and/or non-linear analysis
  • Modal and/or frequency domain analysis
  • Computational fluid dynamics analysis
  • Heat transfer or thermal analysis
  • Sensors and instrumentation

Essential Skills:

  • A mechanical or mechatronics engineering degree or equivalent qualification
  • 2+ years hands on testing experience within in a similar industry
  • A proven track record of contributing a successful engineering project from conception to operation
  • A solid mechanical and electrical understanding and able to demonstrate good hands skills with mechanical and electrical assemblies
  • Proactive, enthusiastic, creative and open to learning
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well within a team environment
  • Heavy emphasis on achievement and details – getting things done efficiently, effectively and to the highest quality standards
  • The ability to take a flexible approach and to adapt to change quickly
  • Have tenacity, a can do attitude and the ability to think quickly and make accurate judgements.

Preferred Experience

  • University rocketry or FSAE experience

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.

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.  For more information on these Regulations, click here


Tagged as: fsae experience, conception to operation, mechanical/electrical assemblies, structural static/non-linear analysis, modal/frequency domain analysis, computational fluid dynamics analysis, heat transfer/thermal analysis, sensors/instrumentation

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