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Incoming Quality Control (IQC) Inspector - Avionics

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Quality Assurance
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 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 Electron team is responsible for building, testing, and launching our Electron rocket across our launch sites and test facilities in the United States and New Zealand. Electron is one of the world’s most frequently-launched rockets, and our team behind its success are diligent, move fast, and have each others’ back to deliver a reliable rocket to the launch pad time and time again.


This role is within our team of Quality Control Inspectors who are responsible for ensuring all purchased materials conforms to our high-quality standards through technical inspections, documentation is filed and stored correctly, parts are supplied to flight stores and production on time. You will be responsible primarily, but not limited to, for the visual inspection of PCB assemblies under microscope i.e., components check and soldering quality, conformal coating. You should be able to perform component resoldering and other related PCBA reworks. Hence, a good manual soldering skill is required. Preferably, knowledgeable with IPC – J standard.

Training will be provided. However, you should be comfortable with engineering drawings, understanding inspection reports, administrative tasks, ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines, be well organised, have sharp time management skills and a high level of attention to detail.


  • 1+ years experience in hand-soldering.
  • 1+ years experience in Quality Inspection or Incoming Inspection of soldered components in PCB assemblies.
  • Able to understand engineering drawings
  • Familiar with Microsoft office suite products
  • Some experience working in a manufacturing environment ideally with experience around quality processes.
  • The ability to understand engineering
  • Ability to learn & operate new equipment
  • Proactive, enthusiastic, self-motivated and open to learning new skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Well organised with attention to detail
  • Robust communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships.


  • Certified/Trained/Experienced in compliance with IPC standard.
  • Experience in using Vernier callipers, micro-meters, gauges – height, thread, pin and other similar measuring equipment.
  • Working safely with ESD sensitive
  • Experience with CMM and non-contact measuring
  • Experience in manufacturing, automotive, medical, aerospace or aviation industry
  • Willing and able to commit to altering shift times, between day and night.

If the above sounds like you apply now!


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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