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Electrical Engineer II Launch Operations amp Test Engineer

Company name
Rocket Lab

2 yrs required

Wallops Island, VA, United States

Employment Type


Posted on
Jun 18, 2022

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Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. 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 team is 1,100 people strong and we're adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly and we are action-oriented.

While other companies talk about it, we do it!

The Engineer II will be part of the Integrated Operations team at Rocket Lab which is the organization responsible for testing, launch, and mission operations of Electron launch vehicles starting with stack testing through pre-launch processing, launch operations, and on-orbit operations. Integrated Operations is also responsible for configuration, checkout, and operation of related facilities, equipment, and infrastructure. Testing and operations may be conducted remotely or on-site at propulsion test facilities, the Auckland Mission Control Centre (MCC), LC-1 (Mahia), LC-2 (Wallops Island, VA), or other designated locations.

This Engineer II position will focus on testing and operations requiring technical expertise in electrical systems including avionics, electronics, power systems, communication systems, software development, data handling, RF systems, tracking & telemetry, instrumentation, and command & control.

The Engineer II is an advanced role within Integrated Operations and will typically be skilled in multiple operational roles, including roles where he/she will direct, mentor, and train other operators. In addition, the Engineer II will take a leadership and/or ownership role in Integrated Operations process and/or tool development efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Define test and operational requirements
  • Define Concept of Operations (CONOPs) flow for testing and operations
  • Develop, coordinate, and execute plans and procedures to efficiently, effectively, and safely conduct testing, launch, and mission operations
  • Plan, schedule, and conduct test and operations to meet program schedules
  • Lead and conduct testing and operations activities in accordance with established practices and procedures
  • Lead and conduct test and operations on-console (while maintaining situational awareness and real-time communications throughout test and operations activities)
  • Ensure that testing and operations preserve the quality and integrity of critical flight hardware
  • Perform post-test and post-flight data review and analyses
  • Perform real-time troubleshooting to resolve test and operations issues
  • Work to continually improve and streamline integration, testing, and operations
  • Optimize and automate checkout, processing, testing, and operations
  • Ensure health and safety policies and standard operating procedures are followed
  • Domestic and international travel may be required

Skills & Expertise - Essential

  • Aerospace, mechanical, electrical, mechatronic engineering degree or equivalent
  • 2+ years of experience in engineering design, test and/or operations
  • Self-driven, motivated, and contagiously positive
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships
  • Careful work ethic with an eye for detail
  • Ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines

Skills & Expertise - Desirable

  • 3+ years of experience in engineering design, test and/or operations
  • Experience with launch vehicles or spacecraft including integration, testing, launch, or mission operations
  • Experience with Java, Python, or other object-oriented programming language
  • Software development skills with solid understanding and experience working with web-based tools such as HTML and XML
  • Good understanding of networking required with knowledge and experience in TCP/IP, UDP, multicast protocols, and packet switching and routing

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


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