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Composites Technician - Level I-IV

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Albuquerque, NM, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2023

About The Role

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

ABOUT SOLAERO

SolAero Technologies is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of highly efficient radiation-hardened solar cells, Coverglass Interconnected Cells (CICs), and solar panels for space power applications. Since 2001, SolAero solar cells or panels have supplied primary power to over 1,000 successful space missions with zero on-orbit failures. Our proven manufacturing capability, technology leadership, and unsurpassed reliability makes SolAero the supplier of choice for demanding space programs.

Composite Technician- LEVELS I-IV

SolAero has an immediate need for Technicians of all levels for team to join a fast-paced, team-oriented manufacturing environment in Albuquerque.

What you’ll get to do:

  • Assembly of structures including setup, bonding and fastener applications
  • Laminate assemblies by determining proper placement of composite materials
  • Prepare parts for bagging, including placement of bleeders, thermocouples, probes and vacuum connections
  • Vacuum bag processing, bonding, and oven/autoclave curing
  • Making basic layouts on parts or assemblies in order to establish reference points and to check dimensions using calipers, micrometers, precision scales and torque wrenches
  • Fitting of Honeycomb, foam and syntactic core
  • Fitting and refurbishment of thermal protection systems.
  • Integration of mechanical hardware
  • Perform other standard composite and integration building techniques and practices as industries such as aerospace, space and other composite workplaces demand.
  • You may be requested to work on other products for Rocket Lab in the local area or travel as required.

This requisition can be hired at a Technician Level I, II, III or IV.

You’ll Bring these Qualifications for Composite Tech I:

  • Minimum 1+ years of experience in composite or lamination experience OR
  • 2+ years of military equipment maintenance experience OR
  • 2+ years of experience in electronics, mechanical troubleshooting, installation, repair of manufacturing equipment
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Basic Math Skills
  • Knowledge of the following tool use (or if no previous experience, open to training on):
    • Pneumatic tools
    • Caliper
    • Micrometers
    • Hand tools
    • Power tools
    • Precision measurement instruments
    • familiarity working with and conforming to drilling, laminating, and assembly prints
    • Experience working with material data sheets
  • Shop organization and cleanliness
  • Use of personal protective equipment

You’ll Bring these Qualifications for Composite Tech II:

  • Minimum 3+ years of experience in composite or lamination experience OR
  • 4+ years of military equipment maintenance experience OR
  • 4+ years of experience in electronics, mechanical troubleshooting, installation, repair of manufacturing equipment
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be certified or able to become certified in two composite work centers
  • Intermediate Math Skills
  • Experience in the use of the following tools to achieve complex composite assemblies:
    • Pneumatic tools
    • Caliper
    • Micrometers
    • Hand tools
    • Power tools
    • Precision measurement instruments
    • familiarity working with and conforming to drilling, laminating, and assembly prints
    • Experience working with material data sheets
  • Shop organization and cleanliness
  • Use of personal protective equipment

You’ll Bring these Qualifications for Composite Tech III:

  • Minimum 6+ years of experience in composite or lamination experience
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be certified or able to become certified in all composite work centers
  • Intermediate Math Skills
  • Significant on the job experience of the following tool use to achieve complex composite assemblies:
    • Pneumatic tools
    • Caliper
    • Micrometers
    • Hand tools
    • Power tools
    • Precision measurement instruments
    • familiarity working with and conforming to drilling, laminating, and assembly prints
    • Experience working with material data sheets
  • Shop organization and cleanliness
  • Use of personal protective equipment

You’ll Bring these Qualifications for Composite Tech IV:

  • Minimum 12+ years of experience in composite or lamination experience
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be certified or able to become certified in all composites work centers
  • Intermediate Math Skills
  • Experience training and mentoring newer composite technicians on industry standards and specific processes
    • Expert knowledge of the following tool use and demonstrated capability to apply them to achieve complex composite assemblies:
    • Pneumatic tools
    • Caliper
    • Micrometers
    • Hand tools
    • Power tools
    • Precision measurement instruments
    • familiarity working with and conforming to drilling, laminating, and assembly prints
    • Experience working with material data sheets
  • Shop organization and cleanliness
  • Use of personal protective equipment

These qualifications would be nice to have:

  • Experienced in Core bond and Splicing
  • Broad Industry manufacturing experience from previous appointments
  • 1+ years composite experience (aerospace industry experience preferred)
  • Advanced Prepreg manufacturing knowledge
  • Resin infusion knowledge

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to travel and communicate outside of work hours. Must be able to work extended hours and/or weekends as needed.

Important information:

FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN US OFFICES ONLY:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations fromthe U.S Department of State.

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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