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Lead Propulsion Test Engineer, Neutron

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Quality Assurance
John C. Stennis Space Center, MS, USA
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2022

About The Role

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,500 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.


Neutron is a medium lift launch vehicle capable of delivering the mega constellations of tomorrow, high assurance payloads, and human spaceflight. As a highly reusable launch platform, Neutron will deliver a highly cost-effective and reliable launch solution leveraging Rocket Lab’s proven execution history with the Electron program. If you’re interested in joining a high performing team, pushing the boundaries with a clean sheet development of re-usable liquid launch vehicle, this is your opportunity!

Lead Test Engineer- Neutron

Lead Test Engineer – Archimedes, is responsible for leading the team and engineering work for the Archimedes engine testing at Stennis Space Center. This role focuses on Archimedes achieving its functional requirements to the required quality and schedule. The Lead Engineer has the scope to direct the team's engineering efforts across and outside the direct team in the best interest of the company. Engineering direction and decisions are solved by the lead providing guidance and resource allocations to the rest of the team.


  • Design specification responsibility for existing products or new developments as assigned by management to meet company requirements
    • Engineering BOM responsibility and it's workflow with applicable software for new products or existing product (for components and assemblies)
    • Responsible for communication of the design for manufacturing purposes including materials, GD&T and unique design specifications by using drawings and appropriately referenced information/standards
    • Responsible for communication of R&D, qualification and acceptance test requirements of the product by using relevant engineering documents
    • Responsible for verification of design meeting company requirements in conjunction with analysis, manufacturing, testing and operations teams.
    • Responsible for product operation, lifecycle and maintenance by defining the necessary operating, maintenance, repair, calibration, and environmental care information for responsible product

YOU’LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATIONS: (– Note: Candidate must meet every qualification in order to be considered

  • 6 years’ industry experience
    • Engineering degree
    • Experience from previous employment that meets engineering experience title and skills
    • Has demonstrated skills within the rocket propulsion industry where applicable to deliver required company outcomes
    • Proven track record of leading a team to deliver multiple complete and successful engineering projects from conception to operation
    • Experience working in one or more of the areas below to solve industry related problems applicable to rocket engines:
    o Structural static and/or non-linear analysis
    o Modal and/or frequency domain analysis
    o Computational fluid dynamics analysis
    o Heat transfer or thermal analysis
    o Sensors and instrumentation
    o Software Engineering


  • Masters or PhD
    • End to end rocket engine development and operation program leadership experience
    • Relational database design
    • Serial communications

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations fromthe U.S Department of State.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


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 ITAR Regulations.

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