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Ground Systems Engineer II, Fluids

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Software Engineering
Wallops Island, VA, USA
Posted on Saturday, August 26, 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

Ground Systems Engineer II, Fluids 

Based out of Rocket Lab's Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) in Wallops Island, VA, the Ground Systems Engineer II, Fluids is responsible for leading the design, build, testing and commissioning of mechanical launch pad and local test sites for Neutron, including fluid systems, supporting structures and mechanisms. You will support the Director of Test and Launch Operations and Ground Systems team, supporting Neutron development and test at Wallops Island. 


  • As a Ground Systems Engineer II you will be responsible for design, draft, and analysis of launch range systems including but not limited to:
    • Cryogenics
    • Vehicle Support equipment
    • Component selection: Mechanisms, valving. piping, filtration, flow, pressure and temperature measurement, system feedback etc.
    • Gas systems
    • P&IDs
    • 2D & 3D modelling using CAD software
    • Design for high vibration, harsh, and hazardous environments
    • Launch vehicle umbilical and interfaces
  • Develop and maintain BOMs
  • Interact with suppliers and internal teams
  • Support certification of launch pad systems where applicable
  • Support maintenance program development


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, process or structural engineering, or other technical discipline
  • 2+ years of industry experience
  • Hands-on experience with fluid equipment or testing apparatus
  • Ability to read, understand, and produce schematics, blueprints, and/or diagrams (i.e. P&IDs)


  • Experience with design, commissioning, operation and maintenance of fluid systems to national and/or international codes and standards
  • Experience leading complex engineering projects
  • 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 with NX, Teamcenter, Draftsight would be an asset
  • Experience with structural design and analysis
  • Experience with design of fluid systems to PEPCR, ASME, ASTM and/or NASA Ground system standards would be an asset

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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