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Senior Ground Systems Engineer - Neutron Mechanical/Structural

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Software Engineering
Wallops Island, VA, USA
Posted on Friday, July 28, 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


Neutron is a medium lift launch vehicle capable of delivering the mega constellations of tomorrow, high assurance payloads, and human spaceflight. As a highly reusable launch platform, Neutron will deliver a highly cost-effective and reliable launch solution leveraging Rocket Lab’s proven execution history with the Electron program. If you’re interested in joining a high performing team, pushing the boundaries with a clean sheet development of re-usable liquid launch vehicle, this is your opportunity!

Senior Ground Systems Engineer - Neutron Mechanical/Structural

Based out of Rocket Lab's Launch Complex in Wallops, VA, the Senior Ground Systems Engineer - Neutron Mechanical/Structural, is responsible for the design, build, testing and commissioning of mechanical launch pad and test sites for Neutron including focusing on structures and mechanisms. This role may support other programs on occasion such as the Electron team at Wallops Island, VA and the Archimedes engine test site at Stennis Space Center, MS.


  • With minimal supervision, design, draft, and analyze launch range systems including but not limited to:
    • Fixed launch pad asset design: test stands, launch mounts, gantries, and others.
    • Vehicle support equipment: transportation fixtures, lifting apparatuses, breakover fixtures, and others.
    • Mechanisms: umbilicals, hold downs, strongback, and others.
    • High energy fluids systems: cryogenics, pneumatics, hydraulics, and others.
    • Component and material selection: Building materials including concrete, structural steel, and others. Mechanisms including pumps, winches, hydraulic actuators, and others. Instrumentation including load cells, pressure sensors, temperatures sensors, and others.
    • P&IDs, CAD design, Fabrication drawings, and others.
  • System sizing and analysis by hand calculation and numerical methods
  • Develop and maintain BOMs
  • Interact with vendors, suppliers, and internal production teams to optimize designs for manufacturability and/or confirm components are fit for purpose
  • Produce risk assessments, system hazard analyses and FMEA’s
  • Perform failure investigations and root cause analysis
  • Produce documentation including operator manuals, maintenance procedures, test procedures, and work instructions


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
  • 5+ years’ relevant engineering and/or hands on fabrication experience with large structures and mechanisms 
  • Experience in the design of large structures and mechanisms
  • Ability to read, understand, and produce fabrication drawings


  • Experience with launch pad systems OR oil and gas, process, mining, or other similar industry. This role is not limited to those with prior launch system experience.
  • Experience with NX, Teamcenter, Draftsight, or equivalent
  • Experience with Structural design and analysis.
  • Experience with software based analysis tools such as RISA, ANSYS, GFSSP, AFT, Thermal Desktop, or equivalent
  • Experience with design of fluid systems to PEPCR, ASME, ASTM and/or NASA Ground system standards would be an asset

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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