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Propulsion Test Manager

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

John C. Stennis Space Center, MS, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 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


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!


You will be responsible for leading the team and engineering work for the Archimedes engine testing. You will focus on Archimedes achieving its functional requirements to the required quality and schedule. You will have the scope to direct the team's engineering efforts across and outside the direct team in the best interest of the company. Engineering direction and decisions are solved by providing guidance and resource allocations to the rest of the team.


  • Serve as the Manager of the team of engineers and technicians who run liquid rocket engine propulsion tests
  • Design, construct, operate and maintain propulsion test facilities
  • Generate and execute detailed test procedures
  • Review and interpret test data for facility health and engine performance
  • Specify and procure components and propellants
  • Manage vendors and subcontractors
  • Plan and oversee facility schedule
  • Support requirements development in conjunction with the propulsion design team to establish needs for test sequencing
  • Establish requirements for new facility capability
  • Contribute to configuration management, quality, cost, and process control
  • Be an advocate for safety of the test team and the test stand operations

YOU’LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATIONS: (– Note: Candidate must meet every qualification to be considered)

  • 8+ years industry experience
  • Engineering degree
  • Experience from previous employment that meets engineering experience title and skills
  • Demonstrated skills within the rocket propulsion industry where applicable to deliver required company outcomes
  • Proven track record of leading a team to deliver multiple complete and successful engineering projects from conception to operation
  • Broad experience in propulsion testing and operations that may include one or more of the following:
    • Structural design and analysis
    • Cryogenics systems design
    • High pressure gas systems design
    • High fidelity analytical modelling including dynamic fluid models


  • Masters or PhD in an engineering discipline
  • Direct experience with liquid natural gas or liquid methane as a rocket propellant
  • Demonstrated excellence in leading a test program from concept to completion
  • Background of technical expertise in sub-component to full flight system testing
  • Software development for data acquisition and control systems
  • Working knowledge of complex IT systems associated with propulsion testing

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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