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CNC Operator - Composites (Evening Shift)

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Saturday, December 23, 2023

About The Role


Rocket Lab is a global leader in launch and space systems. The rockets and satellites we build and launch enable some of the most ambitious and vital space missions globally, supporting scientific exploration, Earth observation and missions to combat climate change, national security, and exciting new technology demonstrations. Our Electron rocket has provided reliable access to orbit since 2018, becoming one of the most frequently launched rockets in the world. Neutron will be our next rocket on the launch pad, an advanced 13-tonne payload class, reusable rocket to launch the mega constellations of the future. Our space systems business includes our extensive line of satellites and components that have enabled more than 1,700 missions including the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA Psyche Mission, Artemis I, Mars Ingenuity helicopter, and more.

Join our pioneering team and launch your career to new heights!

Rocket Lab’s Manufacturing team are the builders and the doers who work with our advanced machinery across our global manufacturing sites to get our satellites, satellite components, and rockets out the door. They bring the designs of our engineers to life by using advanced manufacturing techniques and are responsible for delivering our projects and missions on time and on budget to our customers.

CNC OPERATOR (Evening Shift)

As a CNC Operator at Rocket Lab you will play a crucial role in the production of highly complex components that are destined for space. You will work in a clean, temperature-controlled environment alongside other skilled professionals, using modern CNC equipment including dual spindle lathes and 5-axis mills. Your attention to detail, technical expertise, and commitment to quality will contribute to our overall manufacturing success.

Our machining facility operates the following repeating fortnightly pattern:

  • Week 1: Four days on, three days off. 1pm – 1am
  • Week 2: Three days on, four days off. 1pm – 1am


  • All aspects of machine setting including vice and chuck change over, setting work coordinate systems, tool setting, loading and measurement
  • Proving safety and accuracy of programs through simulation, dry runs and checking code prior to running
  • In process part inspection and measurement
  • Support Research and Development tasks as required


  • Fanuc and/or Siemens controls
  • Proven experience as a CNC Operator, preferably with evening/night shift experience
  • Strong mechanical aptitude and attention to detail
  • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings and blueprints
  • Proficiency in using precision measuring tools
  • High level of workmanship
  • Problem-solving skills to troubleshoot machine issues
  • Time management and organisational abilities
  • Ability to stand for extended periods and lift moderately heavy materials
  • Collaborate effectively with colleagues, supervisors, and other team members
  • Communicate clearly and professionally


  • Manual turning and milling experience would be an advantage
  • Takes initiative and remains calm under pressure
  • Computer literate, and comfortable using smartphones and tablets
  • Experience (or interest) in working in a fabrication/machining environment
  • Previous experience in aviation, motorsports or defence

If you're considering a new challenge apply now! All applications are reviewed and considered.


We’re on a mission to unlock the potential of space to improve life on Earth, but that’s not an easy task. It takes hard work, determination, relentless innovation, teamwork, grit, and an unwavering commitment to achieving what others often deem impossible. Our people out-think, out-work and out-pace. We pride ourselves on having each other’s backs, checking our egos at the door, and rolling up our sleeves on all tasks big and small. We thrive under pressure, work to tight deadlines, and our focus is always on how we can deliver, rather than dwelling on the challenges that stand in the way.

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.


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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