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Mechanical Engineer II

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Software Engineering
Silver Spring, MD, USA
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 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.


PSC by Rocket Lab is a well-known supplier of aerospace mechanisms for the satellite industry since 1998. To date, PSC has over 100 successful product operations in orbit. For more information about PSC, see

PSC’s products include separation systems, on-orbit devices, and other electro-mechanical deployables. PSC’s ~18,000 sq. ft. facility includes areas for office, lab, shipping/receiving and material storage space. 


Planetary Systems Corporation by Rocket Lab (PSC), a manufacturer of satellite mechanisms, is seeking a proactive Mechanical or Aerospace Engineer with experience in design and development of aerospace mechanisms for commercial and government customers. PSC’s products include separation systems, on-orbit devices, and other electro-mechanical deployables. Candidates must be able to work independently in a small company environment. This position is not remote.  


  • Hands-on assembly and physical production of mechanical space systems. 
  • Identify and implement quality and process-related initiatives and improvements.  
  • Development of electro-mechanical space systems. Includes design, prototyping, production, and test. 
  • Analysis of mechanical systems via classical and computer methods. 
  • Consultation with machinists and vendors to assure proper manufacture of components. 
  • Inspection and quality control of machined parts. 
  • Occasional travel to meet with customers about PSC products.  


  • BS in Aerospace, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Robotics or Systems Engineering and 2 years of engineering experience in the aerospace or manufacturing industry.
  • Basic understanding of electrical circuitry.   


  • Master's and/or PhD in Aerospace, Mechanical, Robotics or Systems Engineering.  
  • Mechanically inclined and able to troubleshoot basic equipment issues. 
  • Passion for mechanisms and structures. 
  • Strong analytical mindset. 
  • Self-motivated. 
  • Effective verbal and written communication abilities. 
  • Attention to detail. 
  • Ability to schedule and work on multiple projects concurrently. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other engineers. 
  • Experience with common manufacturing processes (e.g. CNC, turning, wire EDM, 3D printing)  


Position Type: Full-time  

Location: Silver Spring, MD 

Salary: Competitive with industry standards  

Benefits: Paid vacation and holidays, medical, life, and disability insurance, 401k plan with company match, flex-time work schedule, new parent leave, free coffee and snacks, and more   

Travel: Typically, 1 week per year  

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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