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Senior Integration & Test Engineer

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Quality Assurance
Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2024

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.


Based out of Rocket Lab's global headquarters in Long Beach, CA, the Senior Integration & Test Engineer is responsible for the development, test, and deployment of flight spacecraft systems, as well as the development, maintenance, and upgrading of the test systems for that hardware. You will support the Space Systems organization, with deliverables required for internal leadership, board of directors, and investors.


  • Lead and own integration and test campaigns at various levels of spacecraft development
  • Work collaboratively with team members to define systems requirements, as well as verification and validation plans
  • Develop acceptance, qualification, and R&D test plans for spacecraft systems
  • Develop, maintain, and operate environmental test systems (Vibe, TVAC, Thermal, EMI, etc.)
  • Develop and maintain mechanical and electrical ground support equipment and facilities
  • Interface with ground test software and implement flight software configuration changes
  • Lead investigations into anomalous vehicle behavior
  • Interface with hardware-in-the-loop test systems


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical, electronics, mechatronics, aerospace, or other engineering degree
  • 5+ years of experience in a test engineering or other hands-on engineering role
  • Experience with environmental testing, such as thermal vacuum or random vibration testing
  • Proficiency with C, C++, Python, or MATLAB; and Windows 10 and Microsoft Office products
  • Experience in writing technical documentation, such as procedures, reports, and requirements


  • Master’s or PhD in electrical, electronics, mechatronics, aerospace, or other engineering degree
  • 4+ years of professional experience as a test engineer in the aerospace industry
  • Strong understanding of satellite subsystems (CDH, ADCS, EPS, and COMM)
  • Experience working in a clean room and with ESD-sensitive equipment
  • Hands-on experience using electrical test equipment (PSU, Oscilloscope, DMM, etc.)
  • Exposure to designing and implementing test systems for electronics
  • Understanding of sensors, signal conditioning and data acquisition electronics
  • Familiarity with spacecraft harness design and best practices
  • Experience with 3D CAD software, preferably NX
  • Experience with RF testing and hardware-in-the-loop testing
  • Basic knowledge of networking
  • Experience with Linux systems


  • Ability to travel up to 25%, both domestic and international, to support spacecraft integration and test activities

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.

Base salary is only one part of Rocket Lab’s compensation package for this role. You may be eligible for company stock, stock options, or cash incentives, and can purchase discounted stock through Rocket Lab’s Employee Stock Purchase Program. Employee benefits may also include medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; 401(k) retirement plan options; paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; paid parental leave; and other discounts and perks.

Base Pay Range (CA Only)
$107,000$161,000 USD


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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