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Instrumentation & Control Engineer

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Other Engineering
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 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

While other companies talk about it, we do it!


About the role
As an Instrumentation and Control Engineer you will maintain and build control systems that enable Rocket Lab Ground Systems to build world class facilities, to launch and test our Electron and Neutron Launch vehicles faster than they are produced. Your skill will aid both operational and design functions.

As such you are part of a team that continuously improves sites and requires you to take ownership of projects. The team will give you a unique opportunity to grow your skills (trained by experts), drive your career and collaborate on bigger projects. In any case you will make a difference when it comes to delivering projects in time and enable knowledge transfer over generations of engineers.  

Essential skills

  • Mechatronic Degree or comparable.
  • This position is open to all experience levels.
  • Knowledge of at least two different types of programming languages.
  • Ability to work in fast paced, self-driven environment. 
  • Ability to find software bugs fast, using multiple approaches in parallel.
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships.  

Desired Skills

  • Experience automating high reliability systems.
  • 2 of this list:
    • LabVIEW.
    • Structured text by  Codesys or Beckhoff.
    • Object oriented design.
    • Python or C++.
  • Gitlab/Git Version Control System.
  • Experience with design of electrical systems for explosive atmosphere environments (AS/NZS/IEC 60079 or equivalent).
  • Experience with industrial machinery and equipment.
  • Experience with ASME, ASTM, and/or NASA ground system standards.  

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and ground breaking technology
  • An employee stock purchase program
  • Access to world leading experts to develop your career
  • Unlimited barista coffee, fruit, and snacks
  • Rocket Lab merchandise – T-shirts, mission patches etc.
  • Discounted health insurance with Southern Cross
  • Additional parental leave entitlements
  • A vibrant team culture with social activities throughout the year

If the above sounds like you apply now!

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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