Test Technician I/II
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!
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.
TEST TECHNICIAN I/II
As a Test Technician I/II based at Rocket Lab’s site in Ontario, Canada, you will work closely with the technical staff to support test operations for spacecraft components such as reaction wheels and star trackers. Join a driven team of pioneers relentlessly tackling challenging projects, delivering on the impossible, and making an impact on the future of space!
(Please note: this position can be hired at the Test Technician I or Test Technician II level)
WHAT YOU'LL GET TO DO:
- Set up and perform acceptance and qualification testing (bench functional, dynamometer, vibrometer, burn-in, thermal, vibration, shock) of satellite flight hardware
- Set up and perform optical/mechanical calibrations and characterizations of satellite flight hardware
- Monitor hardware performance during testing
- Review and assess data after tests have completed
- Monitor and change nitrogen gas tanks for nitrogen purge system
- Communicate and work with technical staff in the troubleshooting of test anomalies
- Communicate and work with technical staff to develop and document test instructions & procedures
- Prepare product End Item Data Packages for peer review
- Assist in the design and/or fabrication of fixtures, processes, and setups for hardware testing
- Work with the Lab Manager to ensure test equipment is maintained and calibrated
- Work with the Lab Manager to improve area safety and efficiency through regular auditing and continuous improvement
YOU'LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATION AS A TEST TECHNICIAN I:
- 2+ years of experience with product performance testing, acceptance testing, environmental stress screening and safe handling of sensitive parts
- High School diploma or GED
YOU'LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATION AS A TEST TECHNICIAN II:
- 5+ years of experience with product performance testing, acceptance testing, environmental stress screening and safe handling of sensitive parts
- High School diploma or GED
THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE:
- Basic understanding of mechanical concepts such as vibration, force, and thermodynamics
- Familiarity with digital multimeters and power supplies
- Ability to lift objects (up to 25 lbs)
- Familiarity with best practices for working with ESD-sensitive hardware
- Familiarity with cleanroom/cleanbench best practices
- Strong computer skillset, including Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint and file manipulation
- Conscientious, and possesses strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
- Highly organized and able to work independently with strong attention to detail
- Experience with product performance testing (acceptance testing, environmental stress screening) and safe handling of sensitive parts
- Experience handling compressed gas cylinders
- Operation of thermal chambers
- Operation of vibration test equipment
- Ability to read electro-mechanical schematics to accomplish checkouts
- Ability to read mechanical assembly drawings and blueprints
- Ability to fabricate and repair cable harnesses including soldering, crimping, and assembling connectors
- MATLAB, Python, or other programming language
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.
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.