Vehicle Design Engineering

July 28, 2018
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For most people the idea of a rocket launch brings up images from the Apollo era: monstrous booster engines, ground-shaking noise, and a behemoth of a machine slowly climbing against the grasp of Earth’s gravity. This iconic image, the one that transformed us into a space-going species, captures the power and strength of rockets. But it is not the image that will make space a commercial reality.

Replace this image with the bustle of a high speed assembly line, where rocket boosters feed off a conveyor belt connecting to pre-encapsulated payload stages, rolling out on to the launch pad one after the other. This image, by contrast, is about speed and efficiency and what the Rocket Lab Electron orbital project is all about.

Rocket Lab has created a legacy of excellence by developing innovative solutions to ambitious aerospace problems for the likes of DARPA and other technically demanding customers. Now fully funded by major Silicon Valley venture capital funds, Rocket Lab is focused on redefining how the world accesses space by building Electron; a revolutionary launch system designed to meet the launch requirements of the rapidly expanding small satellite market.

Known in the industry for rapidly developing cost effective solutions from the ground up, Rocket Lab believes in giving highly skilled engineers ownership of complex aerospace systems from start to finish. This ethos offers engineers the satisfaction of moving from the conceptualization and design phase through to hands on work; building, testing and ultimately flying their creations.

Rocket Lab also offers a unique opportunity for the world’s best and brightest engineers to work with a young team passionate about what they are doing while also enjoying the high standard of living New Zealand has to offer.

About The Role

Working as part of the Electron Vehicle Team, you will have the opportunity to work on a new launch vehicle using state of the art manufacturing and production techniques.

You will make a real difference. As a design engineer at Rocket Lab, you are creating the world’s first mass-produced orbital launch vehicle. Every idea you have, every detail you catch that will make this vehicle safer, more efficient and easier to produce will contribute to the success of this adventure.

We need your expertise in compact, complex and reliable mechanical assemblies design working in extreme environments. We need your passion for simple, functional and nice designs. It works nice only if it’s looking nice. You will design assemblies using the SolidWorks CAD package, select off-the shelf components and perform trade-off-studies to achieve the best design performances.

We are thinkers and we are doers. You will be working in a very dynamic, fast pace environment of makers and problem-solvers. So each of your ideas are very quickly put to the test and integrated on-board of the vehicle.

Minimum Requirements

  • A mechanical engineering degree or equivalent qualification
  • 5+ year’s work experience in components and systems design
  • A thorough understanding of manufacture techniques, including 3D printing.
  • Proficient in SolidWorks CAD package.
  • Experience with various off-the-shelf components and knowledge of classic mechanical systems from the aeronautic and automotive industries.
  • Proactive, enthusiastic, creative and open to learning
  • Capable of working as part of a team as well as autonomously
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships
  • 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.

Desirable Skills

  • Experience in the aeronautic and aerospace industries

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 .

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