Mission Assurance Engineer, Launch - Mission Formulation
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
MISSION ASSURANCE ENGINEER, LAUNCH – MISSION FORMULATION
Based out of Rocket Lab’s global headquarters in Long Beach, the Mission Assurance Engineer is responsible for carrying out mission assurance activities under the Launch Business Unit. You will support the Global Launch Services organization as we build out a Mission Assurance Strategy to support future launches.
WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO:
- Work closely with Program/Product Managers and their teams to ensure products meet requirements for mission success
- Develop and implement mission assurance plans based on company procedures, government/industry standards, and best practices to ensure products meet mission/customer requirements
- Develop and mature mission assurance tools and processes for managing and tracking risks, non-conformances, and component pedigree in the development of reusable hardware
- Drive the implementation for managing and tracking risks, non-conformances, and component pedigree for the Neutron vehicle throughout product lifecycle for testing and flight
- Provide oversight at technical reviews to ensure that products are being designed based on sound engineering principles
- Provide recommendations to programs and products to improve launch vehicle mission assurance
- Support test, verification, and validation planning and execution for hardware production and qualification testing
- Ensure that contract requirements are met and that documentation is compliant with requirements
- Define Mission Assurance Strategy for new proposals
- Support regulatory and customer reviews as needed
YOU’LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATIONS (Note: you must meet every qualification in order to be considered):
- Bachelor’s degree in aerospace, mechanical, electrical, or other engineering degree
- 5+ years experience in engineering problem solving in design, analysis, or test of systems
- Experience with launch vehicles and National Security Space Launch contracts
- Extensive knowledge of industry standards, such as SMC-S-021, SMC-S-016, SMC-G-1202, LE-P-024, etc.
- Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Clearance
THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE:
- Master's degree in engineering
- Hands-on experience in launch vehicle integration and test programs
- Working knowledge of Quality Management Systems IS09001 and AS9100, configuration and data management, and implementation of internal and contractual quality requirements
- Experience with anomaly investigations and root cause analysis via use of tools such as fault trees, fishbones, and 5 whys
- Previous experience in a mission assurance, program management, or systems engineering role
- Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings, fluid schematics, and electrical circuit diagrams
- Understanding of USSF and NASA mission assurance requirements for launch vehicles
- Experience with environmental testing, such as thermal vacuum or random vibration testing
- Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate technical information to non-technical partners
- Active DoD security clearance
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 package based on individual qualifications and experience, which may include cash or equity incentives. 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.
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.