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Mission Integration Engineer

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Software Engineering
Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2023

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.

Life at Rocket Lab

Based out of Rocket Lab's our headquarters in Long Beach, CA the Mission Integration Engineer serves as a key point of contact for customers throughout the lifecycle of mission, from contract signing all the way through spacecraft deployment and activation. This role will actively support all mission management and integration activities including proposals, mission execution and delivery, and hands-on integration activities.


  • Collaborate with mission managers in supporting multiple Rocket Lab customer missions, including regular telecons and formal communications with the customer
  • Work with internal Rocket Lab subject matter experts and stakeholders to ensure clear communication of mission requirements and objectives, providing a smooth end-to-end mission delivery for the customer
  • Help lead mission planning and assist with creation and maintenance of master schedules for missions
  • Contribute to the quality of major contractual deliverables, including customer reviews and interface control documentation
  • Support payload integration activities, including fit checks, separation testing, and final integration and verification activities at the launch site
  • Development of integration skillset, including training and certifications needed to interface with separation system and dispenser hardware
  • Ensure launch manifests are met to deadline


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering and a minimum of 2 years of space industry experience
  • Experience working with spacecraft or launch vehicles


  • Minimum 2 years in technical project management or systems engineering
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong organizational skills
  • Minimum 2 years performing hands-on work with hardware
  • Experience working with CubeSats or other small payloads
  • Active Top Secret or Top Secret SCI clearance
  • Experience in negotiating technical deliverables
  • Experience working across teams and with customers
  • Excellent attention to detail and good organization skills
  • Ability to work extended hours and/or weekends to support mission schedules

The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the California Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience.

In addition to base salary, Rocket Lab offers a comprehensive total compensation offer package based on individual qualifications and experience, including company stock. Employees will also be eligible for medical, dental, vision coverage, 401(k) retirement plan options, and to purchase discounted stock through Rocket Lab's Employee Stock Purchase Program.
Base Pay Range (CA Only)
$115,000$140,000 USD

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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