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Ground Systems Engineer II - Electrical

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Wallops Island, VA, USA
Posted on Saturday, July 15, 2023

About The Role

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.

Life at Rocket Lab


Neutron is a medium lift launch vehicle capable of delivering the mega constellations of tomorrow, high assurance payloads, and human spaceflight. As a highly reusable launch platform, Neutron will deliver a highly cost-effective and reliable launch solution leveraging Rocket Lab’s proven execution history with the Electron program. If you’re interested in joining a high performing team, pushing the boundaries with a clean sheet development of re-usable liquid launch vehicle, this is your opportunity!

Ground Systems Engineer II – Electrical (Instrumentation and Control)

Based out of Rocket Lab's Launch Complex in Wallops Island, VA, the Ground Systems Engineer II - Electrical (Instrumentation and Control) supporting Neutron is responsible for the automation, testing and commissioning of fluid and gas systems at all Rocket Lab launch and engine test facilities. This role may support other programs on occasion such as the Electron team at Wallops Island, VA and the Archimedes engine test site at Stennis Space Center, MS


  • Design control systems for sites supporting Neutron operations including launch pad, launch vehicle transporters, erectors, and launchers, propulsion test stands
  • Support certification of launch pad systems including producing documentation operator manuals, maintenance procedures, test procedures, and work instructions
  • Develop and execute test plans to validate the performance of systems and vehicle interfaces
  • Design, develop and maintain test equipment
  • Post-flight and post-test data analysis
  • Support technicians remotely or in person during installation, commissioning, testing, and troubleshooting activities
  • Follow code standard guidelines


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical, Aerospace, Mechatronics Engineering, or equivalent
  • 2+ years’ industry experience
  • Hands-on experience with data acquisition, control, and automation systems
  • Experience with object Oriented PLC programming
  • Ability to read, understand, and produce electrical schematics


  • Experience with launch pad systems OR oil and gas, process, mining, or other similar industry. This role is not limited to those with prior launch system experience
  • Experience implementing functional safety (IEC 61508 & IEC 61511)
  • Experience with NI LabVIEW an asset
  • Development with tools including: C/C++, Python, TeamCity, EPlan, Bekhoff PLC Programming, NI cRio controller programming, Perforce Version Control System, Gitlab/Git Version Control System
  • Experience with design of electrical systems for explosive atmosphere environments (AS/NZS/IEC 60079 or equivalent)

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.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for the application/interview process for a job in the United States should contact Giulia Biow at [email protected].This dedicated resource is intended solely to assist job seekers with disabilities whose disability prevents them from being able to apply/interview. Only messages left for this purpose will be considered. A response to your request may take up to two business days.



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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