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Senior Manufacturing Engineer - Metallic Structures

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Friday, November 3, 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.

While other companies talk about it, we do it!

About Neutron

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! 

About the role

The Senior Manufacturing Engineer – Metallic Structures will be responsible for the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of metallic manufacturing technologies and processes used in the production and assembly of the Neutron Launch Vehicle. They will support the Director of Production, Neutron Stages and Launch Systems Development organization, with deliverables required for internal leadership, board of directors, and investors. 

What you'll get to do

  • Identify, plan, and execute capital equipment, machine, and layout definitions to the meet volume requirements including preparation of business cases.  
  • Develop production processes and ensure they are accurately and clearly documented, including testing procedures, health and safety requirements and supervisor signoffs.   
  • Design, develop, and implement tooling and equipment for use in a production environment where required to achieve safety, quality, delivery and cost requirements.  
  • Actively contribute to facility construction projects including requirements generation, design reviews and implementation support.  
  • Contribute to design reviews acting as an expert in design for manufacture, design for test, productivity, supplier capability assessments, quality control, etc. 
  • Oversee introduction and implementation of new products and product revisions as related to the Neutron. launch vehicle metallic structure and components.
  • Lead problem containment and structured root cause & corrective action investigations.  
  • Quickly analyze and resolve manufacturing discrepancies and non-conformances.  
  • Introduce automation where appropriate and ensure equipment data links directly to MRP and quality systems.  
  • Identify risks and improvements to develop the manufacturing engineering department to meet company needs.  
  • Develop and mentor less experienced engineers and technicians daily.  

Essential skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, aerospace, or manufacturing engineering, or equivalent. 
  • 5+ years of metallic manufacturing experience. 
  • Experience in the selection, procurement, and installation of metallic manufacturing equipment.  
  • Technical project management or manufacturing design experience. 
  • Advanced understanding of mechanical design principals. 

Desired Skills

  • Working experience with capacity modeling, process mapping, Lean/Six Sigma and value stream mapping. 
  • Detailed knowledge of Siemens NX or similar CAD and PLM packages. 
  • Proficient in reading and interpreting engineering drawings and GD&T. 
  • Project management experience in a fast-paced prototype fabrication shop environment.
  • Detailed knowledge of quality standards for typical fabrication and production products.
  • Proficient with all types of hand tools and basic fabrication equipment.
  • Understanding of basic structural analysis and solid mechanics as it relates to fabrication. 

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and groundbreaking 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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