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Test Operations Electrical Technician

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Other Engineering, Operations
John C. Stennis Space Center, MS, USA
Posted on Friday, April 28, 2023

About The Role

Rocket Lab

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.

Life at Rocket Lab


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!


Based out of Rocket Lab's Test Facility at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, the Test Operations Electrical Technician is responsible for helping build and operate critical test facilities to support the Archimedes rocket engine and the Neutron launch vehicle.  You will become skilled in Test Operations roles and be expected to work in collaboration with a team of other technicians and engineers in support of the overall test facility design, build, activation and engine test efforts.


  • Build facility systems including computer and other IT systems, data acquisition hardware, control system and PLC hardware, instrumentation, wiring, conduit, cameras, communication, etc
  • Bring your specialized skill and experience to specific areas of the facility to help build the best possible test facility systems
  • Be personally responsible for your safety and for those around you
  • Use knowledge and skills to build electrical systems that adhere to standards of integrity and cleanliness
  • Work hands on with check out, calibration and functional testing of instrumentation and control systems for high pressure and cryogenic fluid systems involving valves, regulators, flow meters and other plumbing elements
  • Setup a new shop starting with an empty high bay.  Help specify tools & equipment.  Build up needed inventory
  • Adhere to best practices for electrical and data acquisition system buildup
  • Help stand up a test facility control room
  • Maintain situational awareness and constant communication with others involved in the test activity
  • Both lead and be part of a team of technicians and engineers who setup and operate the test facility


  • At least 3 years demonstrated experience in test operations or in designing, building and activating test facilities.
  • Familiarity with LabVIEW, NIDAQ, Python and various PLC platforms
  • Knowledge of aerospace processes for electrical and data systems – NFPA 70A, various IEST or ISA standards, NASA & Air Force Range Safety
  • Demonstrated experience with facility wiring, harnessing, MIL Spec connectors, cable tray, and various connection devices
  • Understanding of instrumentation typical for rocket engine testing including flow meters, thermocouples, accelerometers, etc.
  • General knowledge of distributed I/O systems including POe cameras, communication platforms, etc.
  • Ability to work inside or outside, lift 35 pounds unassisted and stand for extended periods


  • Additional experience operating and/or building large industrial complexes
  • Post-secondary education that might include technical degrees or licenses (A&P or similar)
  • Experience with rocket engines or launch vehicles or similar aerospace hardware
  • Experience operating facilities for liquid oxygen and liquid methane
  • Demonstrated ability to be assertive in a fast paced operations environment and stand up for what you know is right
  • Ability to trouble shoot systems and collaborate to develop corrective work instructions
  • Basic computer skills in MS Office, email, collaborative networks like JIRA or CONFLUENCE


  • Ability to travel and communicate outside of work hours
  • Must be able to work extended hours and/or weekends as needed 

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

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.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for the application/interview process for a job in the United States should contact Giulia Biow at dedicated resource is intended solely to assist job seekers with disabilities whose disability prevents them from being able to apply/interview. Only messages left for this purpose will be considered. A response to your request may take up to two business days.



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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