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Mission Assurance Engineer, Launch - Mission Formulation

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 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


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.


  • 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 


  • 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.

Base Pay Range (CA Only)
$117,000$147,000 USD

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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