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Drafter/Designer I/II

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Design
Albuquerque, NM, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2024

About The Role

ABOUT ROCKET LAB

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!

SPACE SYSTEMS

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.

DRAFTER/DESIGNER I/II

Based out of Rocket Lab's site in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Drafter/Designer I/II is responsible for working with a team of engineers and technicians to create mechanical and manufacturing drawings to support the production of spacecraft solar panels.

(Please note: this position can be hired at the Drafter/Designer I or Drafter/Designer II level)

WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO:

  • Identifying and creating new design solutions or configurations.
  • Planning and coordinating schedules for task completion with program and company needs, including estimating time to completion for drafting/design tasks.
  • Creating and documenting changes to existing drawings.
  • Improvements and standardization of drawings and related documentation.
  • Works with Configuration Management and information systems for document control.
  • Supports SolAero engineering, drafting, and printing needs.
  • Once trained, the Drafter I is expected to perform the following with limited assistance from design engineering and drafter/designers:
  • Create solar panel drawings and details using CAD software, from designs, sketches, layouts, redlines or notes that may be provided by engineering, with sufficient detail and accuracy to facilitate successful manufacturing of the hardware.
  • Implement design rules and best practices to generate panel drawings to ensure compliance with design requirements.
  • To generate drawings and related documents to support production and manufacturing.
  • Work with engineers regarding model accuracy, design, drafting standards and ECN/ECR documentation.
  • Checking and verifying drawings and supporting documentation are accurate and complete.
  • Identifying nonconformance issues and participating in finding solutions.

QUALIFICATIONS YOU’LL BRING AS A DRAFTER/DESIGNER I:

  • High school diploma or GED.

QUALIFICATIONS YOU’LL BRING AS A DRAFTER/DESIGNER II:

  • 1+ years of experience using AutoCAD, NX, SolidWorks 2012 or newer.
  • High school diploma or GED.

THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE:

  • Certifications for AutoCAD and/or NX and/or SolidWorks
  • Experience generating and interpreting, mechanical drawings and electrical schematics.
  • Experience with BOM structuring.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word) and Adobe
  • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively and communicate with internal customers about their need.
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate organizational and time management skills.

WHAT TO EXPECT

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:

FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN US OFFICES ONLY:

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 CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN NEW ZEALAND OFFICES ONLY:

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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