Spacecraft Assembly Integration and Test Engineer

Job Description

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The Opportunity

The Space Institute is looking for an Assembly Integration and Test Engineer to participate in the production and test of small space missions being undertaken at the university, or for external customers wishing to utilise the university facilities. The successful applicant will have experience in mechanical and electrical integration of critical high reliability systems, ideally in the space sector. They will be able to perform mechanical integration of space structures, and also capable of electrical integration including soldering of electrical harnesses and printed circuit assemblies. They will enjoy being part of a small team, working in a leading edge industry in an often dynamic and challenging environment.

The main purpose of the position is to perform and manage spacecraft system, or subsystem, assembly, integration and test. The successful candidate will facilitate the use and management of complex equipment in the Te Pūnaha Ātea Space Institute laboratories/facilities including the National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF) and Fabrication and Assembly Facility (FAF), and will assist, or lead the assembly, integration and test of the institutes small satellite program.

For more details please view the Position Description.

He kōrero mōu | About you

Candidates will be expected to lead the Assembly and Integration of small spacecraft, including soldering of printed circuit assemblies, electrical harnesses and mechanical assembly. They will manage test campaigns, including vibration and thermal vacuum tests, on complex space hardware, both for missions developed internally by the Space Institute, and also for external customers using the National Space Test Facility. They will have good planning and communication skills to interact with internal and external customers to ensure tests are planned and conducted in a safe and efficient manner. They will have good technical skills such that they can integrate complex systems and operate complex test equipment to maintain the safety of both staff and equipment.

Along with this they will have:

  • At least three years’ experience (post training) as a technician building and testing complex equipment, ideally in the aerospace industry
  • Relevant experience with relevant measurement techniques, testing, calibration processes and ideally accreditation.
  • Experience in explaining and resolving difficult technical issues
  • Experience in implementing rigorous safety practices
  • Working knowledge of complex systems and interfaces, ideally associated with aerospace industry
  • Practical skills with mechanical and electrical tools
  • Electronic assembly skills including soldering and harnessing
  • Computer literacy and IT skills with strong skills in Excel or other spreadsheet applications
  • Ability to work proactively, autonomously and in a team
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Confidence in dealing and talking with staff and students in a respectful manner
  • Ability to understand and interpret relevant policies and procedures into role requirements
  • Ability to identify, assess and lead problem solving processes

Additional Information
Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities. Auckland itself is frequently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave
  • In addition, we also offer career development programmes, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online by the closing date of 24/05/2022 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and your CV highlighting how you can meet the skills and experiences detailed above.

Please reach out to Suhayl Mohammed Via for more information. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

Overseas Applicants

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government imposed travel restrictions but have recently announced a five-step plan for a phased border re-opening. This phased re-opening will take some time and this may alter the nature of the standard interview process for offshore candidates, particularly at the on-site interview stage. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions and phased re-opening, please visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.

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