Pad Technician - Mechanical
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.
Based out of Rocket Lab's new launch complex in Wallops Island, VA the Pad Technician - Mechanical is key to enabling LC-2 in delivering launches at the highest rate. With a focus on mechanical systems, you will be assisting a tight-knit team of technicians to build, integrate, test, operate and maintain critical launch systems and process launch vehicles.
*This role requires up to 12 weeks of nonconsecutive international travel to our facility in New Zealand*
WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO:
- Fit-out, assembly & installation of launch pad systems such as heavy engineering structures, mechanisms, fluid lines and associated components, electrical and control hardware and RF equipment.
- Preventative maintenance and inspection procedures
- Pressure and leak testing of fluid systems
- Precision cleaning of critical components
- Troubleshooting mechanical issues on launch pad system
- Support activities during launch –pad and vehicle integration and checkouts
- Conduct routine maintenance and upgrades of the launch systems
YOU’LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATIONS:
- Current U.S. Passport or willing and able to obtain a valid U.S. Passport
- 2+ years of experience within an aerospace, industrial or relevant industry environment
- Experience with hydraulics, pneumatics and/or fluid components
- Previous experience in the assembly of large structures and mechanisms
THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE:
- Experience with launch campaigns
- Experience using heavy equipment such as overhead cranes and forklifts
- Ability to work at heights and in confined spaces
- Understanding of fluid systems - pneumatic, cryogenic and/or hydraulics preferred
- Basic understanding of pressure, temperature and flow measurement instrumentation
- Ability to read, understand and follow detailed schematics, drawings and instructions
FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN US OFFICES ONLY:
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 CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN NEW ZEALAND OFFICES ONLY:
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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