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Spacecraft Assembly Integration and Test Technician

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 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


This is a rare opportunity to play a key role in Rocket Lab’s evolution into an end-to-end space company that delivers launch, spacecraft, and on-orbit operations. The Space Systems Division is shaping Rocket Lab’s future with Photon, our brand of high-performance satellites, enabling innovative missions in low Earth orbit and beyond including missions for NASA to LEO, the Moon, and Mars and commercial customers including leading the design and manufacture of 17 high power telecommunication spacecraft buses for Globalstar.


Based out of Rocket Lab's Headquarters in Long Beach, CA the Spacecraft AIT Technician will be trained on Rocket Lab systems and procedures in Electron Avionics Production while also supporting the space systems department to mature processes. The AIT Technician needs to be able to transverse both R&D and Manufacturing environments with ease and have high attention to detail in order to support rapid prototyping of Photon and Photon related satellite componentry.


  • Perform development and production of Space System componentry and Satellites with minimal documentation and oversight.
  • Utilizing detailed knowledge of electronic and mechanical fabrication methods to assemble or perform rework. Components include Fluid Systems, Propulsion Systems, Reaction Wheels, Star trackers, Deep Space Radios, Magnetorquers, Flight Computers and Solar Panel Arrays.
  • Perform tests on prototyping hardware with minimal direction from engineers.
  • Manufacture and integrate space standard harnesses.
  • Mechanically integrate space system components and associated hardware while adhering to all technical and environmental processes
  • Perform system level faultfinding activities on an integrated satellite. For example, continuity checks, functional checks, live voltage measurements, and leak tests.  
  • Author new or revised assembly work procedures and documentation as required and ensure they are aligned with industry standards and practices.
  • Follow department policy for As-built accuracy, Non-conformance and quality process while in the manufacturing environment.


  • 4+ years of Aerospace industry experience
  • Experience in development and production of space systems or satellite componentry
  • Understanding of electromechanical assembly, tooling, test, and quality techniques


  • Experience using electronic testing equipment including but not limited to oscilloscopes, power supplies, function generators, network analyzer and multimeters.
  • Familiar with ISO 9000 or AS9100 requirements
  • Experience with adhering to and developing industry standard environments (ESD safe zones and clean room)
  • Familiar with IPC/WHMA-A-620C and/or AC 43.13
  • Experience performing accurate measurements and quality inspections using calibrated tools such as calipers or micrometers.

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)
$62,400$74,880 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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