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Aerospace Inspection Technician

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Silver Spring, MD, USA
Posted on Friday, October 20, 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 (PSC) by Rocket Lab, a manufacturer of satellite mechanisms, is seeking a proactive Aerospace Inspection Technician to execute various aerospace inspections.

PSC’s products include separation systems, on-orbit devices, and other electro-mechanical deployables.


  • Inspect mechanical and electrical components before use in traceable spacecraft assemblies
  • Use and maintenance of Coordinate Measurement Machines (CMM), calipers, micrometers, gages, 
    comparators, hardness testers, and other common mechanical inspection tools.
  • Create Standard Operating Procedures for specific mechanical parts.
  • Communicate findings through written standardized documentation and verbal discussion.
  • Assemble space flight mechanisms following written production drawings and procedures.
  • Idea generation of potential process improvements.
  • Shipping and receiving of components per standard company procedures.


  • 1+ years of work experience.
  • Familiarity with common manufacturing processes.
  • Familiarity with common aerospace inspection tools, e.g. calipers, multimeters, micrometers, gages, 
    comparators, etc. 
  • Familiarity with common aerospace assembly tools, e.g. torque wrenches, force gages, load cells, scales, etc.
  • Candidate has capacity to comply with the federally mandated requirements of U.S. export control laws.


  • At least 2 years engineering experience in the aerospace industry.
  • Direct inspection or design experience with parts complying to the ASME Y14.5 standard.
  • Familiarity with use of CMM.
  • Strong technical and mechanical capability.
  • Familiarity with simple electrical schematics and components.
  • Attention to detail necessary to verify inspected components meet required specifications.
  • Integrity and focus to follow and execute procedures.
  • Familiarity with common geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) practices.
  • Passion for doing excellent work with mechanisms and physical assemblies.
  • Mechanically inclined and able to troubleshoot basic equipment issues
  • Self-motivated mind-set.
  • Effective verbal and written communication abilities.
  • Desire to work in a small-company environment.


  • Salary: Equal to regional and industry standards
  • Position Type: Hourly, 40 hours per week, in-person
  • Location: Silver Spring, MD
  • Benefits: Paid holidays, paid time-off, health care plan, and more competitive with regional and industry standards.
  • Travel: Occasional to local external test facilities (typically less than 1 hour drive)

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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