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Manufacturing Engineer I / Manufacturing Engineer II - Fabrication

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 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

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!

Manufacturing Engineer I / Manufacturing Engineer II - Fabrication

Based out of Rocket Lab's headquarters in Long Beach, CA the Manufacturing Engineer I or Manufacturing Engineer II - Fabrication will develop, implement, and continuously improve the propulsion component, assembly, and integration manufacturing process through strong working knowledge of additive manufacturing, machining, welding, assembly, integration, tooling, test, and quality techniques. 

WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO:

  • Lead design & build of the Neutron & Archimedes development area in Long Beach
  • Oversee introduction and implementation of new products and product revisions
  • Develop the procedures & processes for the fabrication department
  • When required, lead problem containment and root cause/corrective action investigations
  • Quickly analyze and resolve manufacturing discrepancies and non-conformances
  • Collaborate with the quality team to identify and drive quality-related initiatives and improvements
  • Perform structured root cause analysis of in-process failures
  • Liaison between production, quality, supply chain and design engineering staff for complex problem solving and process changes
  • Identify, plan and execute capital equipment, machine, and layout upgrades to meet production requirements, including preparation of business cases
  • Lead the continuous improvement process via Lean/Six Sigma tools and techniques
  • Develop, introduce, and maintain new planning, production, quality, ERP, data collection and analysis, and other processes where none exist

(This position can be hired as a Manufacturing Engineer I or Manufacturing Engineer II Level)

QUALIFICATIONS YOU’LL BRING AS A MANUFACTURING ENGINEER I - FABRICATION:

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, aerospace engineering, or other engineering discipline
  • Knowledge developing and introducing fabrication methods such as OTW, TIG, proof testing and cleaning
  • Experience setting up and/or operating a tube shop or build area

QUALIFICATIONS YOU’LL BRING AS A MANUFACTURING ENGINEER II – FABRICATION:

  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, aerospace engineering, or other engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of experience developing and introducing fabrication methods such as OTW, TIG, proof testing and cleaning
  • Experience setting up and operating a tube shop or build area

THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE:

  • 2+ years’ experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to create and deliver accurate and concise presentations for design, manufacturing, and quality
  • Strong knowledge of metal working and fabrication processes
  • Experience designing tooling in an aerospace manufacturing environment
  • Hands-on with a passion for continuous improvement and building the best hardware
  • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision in a timely manner
  • Adaptable and comfortable in an exciting, dynamic and ever-evolving environment

Manufacturing Engineer I - $85,000-$90,0000

Manufacturing Engineer II - $90,000-$110,000

The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the California Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience. 

In addition to base salary, Rocket Lab offers a comprehensive total compensation package based on individual qualifications and experience, which may include cash or equity incentives. Employees will also be eligible for medical, dental, vision coverage, 401(k) retirement plan options, and to purchase discounted stock through Rocket Lab's Employee Stock Purchase Program.

Base Pay Range (CA Only)
$85,000$110,000 USD

Important information:

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.

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 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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