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Avionics Manufacturing Technician

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 16, 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.


Based out of Rocket Lab's Headquarters in Long Beach, California the Avionics Manufacturing Technician is responsible for building and testing components and electrical assemblies of the Rutherford rocket engine - an electric propellant pump system. Avionics Manufacturing Technicians are responsible for a broad range of responsibilities including soldering, wire harnessing, PCB assembly, functional testing, operating thermal chambers, creative ideas, and offer continuous improvement recommendations.

You will support senior leadership and the Avionics Production organization with deliverables required for internal leadership, board of directors, and investors.


  • Follow work instructions and offer recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Speak openly and elevate concerns / recommendations to Leading Hand.
  • Think creatively, and question status quo.
  • Actively contribute to local 5S work center.
  • Identify and highlight abnormalities.
  • Complete assigned special projects and scheduled jobs.


  • Minimum 3 years of experience with electrical assemblies and components
  • PCB assembly experience
  • Soldering and/or harnessing of small electrical assemblies
  • Use of common tools such as; screwdrivers, pliers, spanners, soldering irons


  • 5+ years of experience with electrical assemblies and components
  • Inspect PCB and wiring assemblies meet customer workmanship standards
  • Use of specialist tools and equipment; wire strippers, torque drivers, milliohmmeter, multimeter, DC power supply etc
  • Experience testing components, sub-assemblies, and operating test equipment
  • Operate thermal chambers, functional test equipment, and perform software driven tests
  • Knowledge of standard industry Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) policy
  • Manufacture electronic components to NASA workmanship standards using either IPC-J-STD-001 or IPC-610
  • Manufacture electrical harnesses to IPC-620 standards
  • Experience assembling per manufacturing instructions and drawings


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)
$55,000$65,000 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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