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Avionics Engineer - Neutron Avionics Systems

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Wednesday, July 5, 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

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About the role

Neutron is Rocket Lab’s new, medium-lift, reusable launch vehicle currently under development. The Neutron Avionics department is responsible for the delivery of all avionics systems across the vehicle, including integrated Avionics Hardware, Flight Software and Flight Safety Systems.

The Neutron Avionics Systems team is a hands-on engineering group spanning multiple domains including Electrical Power Systems, Flight Computers, Networking, Harnessing, Remote I/O Interfaces, Data Acquisition, Sensing, Actuation and Control. The team is responsible for the high-level design and architecture of these subsystems, defining their functional and performance requirements, carrying out proof of concept testing, prototyping, system integration, and Integrated Systems Testing (IST).

Neutron Avionics Systems Engineers are responsible for the end-to-end development of major launch vehicle subsystems and functions, including requirements definition, architecture design, proof of concept testing, system modelling, automation, deployment, integrated test, and launch operations support. We are open to all levels for this role.

Essential skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or related discipline.
  • Relevant industry experience in electrical system design, hardware development, or electronics test engineering.
  • Experience with programming languages, scripting tools, and automation (C/C++ or Python preferred).
  • Highly proficient in electronics principles and electrical systems, such as power electronics, communication protocols (e.g RS-422, SPI, Ethernet, CAN bus), signal integrity and grounding.
  • Highly proficient with instrumentation, interfaces and sensors including power supplies, oscilloscopes, serial devices, and industry standard analog/digital input/output types.
  • Experience with CAD software packages such as Altium, SolidWorks Electrical, Rapid Harness, VeSys, Capital, ePLAN, or Siemens NX.
  • Professional experience in a fast-paced engineering environment.
  • Excellent communication both written and verbal.

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits:

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and groundbreaking technology.
  • 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.
  • An employee stock purchase program.

If the above sounds like you,

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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