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Engineering Analyst II

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

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Silver Spring, MD, USA
Posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2023

About The Role


Rocket Lab is a global leader in launch and space systems. The rockets and satellites we build and launch enable some of the most ambitious and vital space missions globally, supporting scientific exploration, Earth observation and missions to combat climate change, national security, and exciting new technology demonstrations. Our Electron rocket has provided reliable access to orbit since 2018, becoming one of the most frequently launched rockets in the world. Neutron will be our next rocket on the launch pad, an advanced 13-tonne payload class, reusable rocket to launch the mega constellations of the future. Our space systems business includes our extensive line of satellites and components that have enabled more than 1,700 missions including the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA Psyche Mission, Artemis I, Mars Ingenuity helicopter, and more.

Join our pioneering team and launch your career to new heights!


Rocket Lab’s Space Systems team is responsible for every satellite and satellite component made by Rocket Lab: from complete satellites destined for missions to the Moon and Mars, to the individual components and subsystems that make up a satellite like solar panels, flight software, reaction wheels and star trackers, separation systems, radios, and more. Our Space Systems team is made up of engineers, technicians, and designers who design, create, and put together our own satellites for missions across the commercial, government, and defense sectors, or who build and assemble satellite hardware and software that supports other satellite missions.


Planetary Systems Corporation by Rocket Lab (PSC) is a manufacturer of aerospace and satellite mechanisms, including separation systems, on-orbit devices, and other electro-mechanical deployables.

We’re seeking an Engineering Analyst II who has experience in structural and dynamic analysis. You will support the Engineering Director and Space Systems organization.

This role sits onsite at Rocket Lab’s PSC site in Silver Spring, Maryland – remote work is not considered.


  • Perform normal modes analysis with classical hand calculations and FEA
  • Help develop internal vibration, shock and strength test requirements tailored around industry standards such as SMC-S-016 and NASA GEVS
  • Create test-correlated structural and dynamic models of aerospace mechanisms
  • Make technical recommendations based on engineering judgment and interpretation of analysis results
  • Mentor and train junior engineers
  • Review analysis work performed by design engineers
  • Develop and validate Finite Element Models for internal and external use
  • Analyze development hardware and mechanisms to reduce design and prototype iterations
  • Participate in anomaly and failure analysis of space vehicles, mechanisms, and payloads


  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering, or other technical engineering degree
  • 2+ years of experience with detailed Finite Element Analysis (FEA); including creating, analyzing, and troubleshooting models
  • Experience with SolidWorks Simulation and Simcenter Femap software
  • Experience with Object Oriented Programming to tackle engineering problems
  • Familiarity with aerospace industry structural analysis standards


  • Master’s or PhD in mechanical or aerospace engineering, or other technical engineering degree
  • Experience analyzing mechanisms
  • Experience with fatigue analysis and fracture mechanics
  • Experience with vibration and shock analysis techniques
  • Experience modelling free-body dynamic events
  • Experience using implicit and explicit non-linear solvers
  • SolidWorks CAD proficiency
  • Process automation experience using scripting tools such as VBA, MATLAB, Python


We’re on a mission to unlock the potential of space to improve life on Earth, but that’s not an easy task. It takes hard work, determination, relentless innovation, teamwork, grit, and an unwavering commitment to achieving what others often deem impossible. Our people out-think, out-work and out-pace. We pride ourselves on having each other’s backs, checking our egos at the door, and rolling up our sleeves on all tasks big and small. We thrive under pressure, work to tight deadlines, and our focus is always on how we can deliver, rather than dwelling on the challenges that stand in the way.

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.


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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