Launch Technician – Electrical

  • Full Time
  • Posted 1 week ago
  • Current NZ electrical licence. 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. Will involve working outdoors in all weather conditions.

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.


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, 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.

The role of the Launch Technician – Electrical is key to enabling LC-1 in delivering launches at the highest rate of any launch site in the world.  You will be working with a tight-knit team of technicians and engineers to build, test and maintain critical launch systems.

We are looking for a technically driven individual who wants to be part of changing the way the world accesses space, this opportunity gives the successful individual the chance to make a true contribution to the work Rocket Lab is undertaking.

You will be working on launch critical hardware so it is vital that you have exceptional practical skills and are experienced using a wide variety of tools. You will be challenged on a daily basis and your tasks will be varied.  You will need to be able to think on your feet, evaluate changing priorities and be capable of problem solving in a relatively remote location.

Key responsibilities

  • Support launch campaigns in an electrical capacity
  • Carry out detailed pre-launch inspections and test procedures
  • Fault finding and rectification of launch pad systems
  • Install control wiring and instrumentation
  • Install data systems wiring and equipment
  • Liaise with engineers to ensure projects are completed accurately and on time.
  • Design and install 230v/415v wiring systems and install equipment
  • Maintain accurate as built drawings in conjunction with engineering
  • Maintain Launch Range electrical facilities
  • Fabricate brackets and install cable support systems
  • Ensure site safety with regard to electrical regulations and standards
  • Maintain minimum stock levels and ensure required equipment is available onsite.

This position is based at Mahia peninsula and will involve working outdoors in all weather conditions.

Minimum Requirements

  • Previous experience in heavy commercial or industrial environment
  • Experience and strong understanding of Instrumentation and control systems
  • Current NZ electrical licence
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills
  • Experience with Data systems and equipment
  • Computer literate and able to understand basic programming
  • Proven ability to read, understand and follow detailed schematics, drawings and instructions
  • A high level of attention to detail
  • Capable of working under pressure and to strict deadlines
  • Team player with a willingness to do what needs to be done when it needs doing along with a willingness to step outside skill set to learn and/or assist when required
  • Confidence in skills and ability to make sound decisions under pressure
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to represent Rocket Lab within the local community and to build strong long-term relationships
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and capable of using your own initiative

Desired Skills 

  • Previous experience working at a rocket launch facility and supporting launch campaigns
  • Experience using Labview or comparable User Interface
  • Experience with maintenance and repair of generators and UPS Systems
  • Understanding of fluid systems – pneumatic, cryogenic and/or hydraulics preferred
  • Computer literate and able to understand basic programming
  • First Aid Qualifications
  • Heavy machinery endorsements

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.

JOB REF: 3147402

Tagged as: data systems, labview, control systems, ups systems, instrumentation, computer literate, detailed schematics/drawings, rocket launch facility

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