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Mechanical Engineer I (Launch Operations & Test Engineer)

Company: Rocket Lab
Location: Wallops Island
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Job Description:

Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab. Our team is 1,100 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.While other companies talk about it, we do it!About the RoleThe Engineer I will be part of the Integrated Operations team at Rocket Lab which is the organization responsible for testing, launch, and mission operations of Electron launch vehicles starting with stack testing through pre-launch processing, launch operations, and on-orbit operations. Integrated Operations is also responsible for configuration, checkout, and operation of related facilities, equipment, and infrastructure. Testing and operations may be conducted remotely or on-site at propulsion test facilities, the Auckland Mission Control Centre (MCC), LC-1 (Mahia), LC-2 (Wallops Island, VA), or other designated locations.This Engineer I position will focus on testing and operations requiring technical expertise in mechanical systems including structures, mechanisms, propulsion, pressurization, hydraulics, pneumatics, HVAC, instrumentation, and/or related monitoring and command & control systems.The Engineer I is an intermediate role within Integrated Operations and will have a working understanding of disciplines related to testing and operations. The Engineer I will be skilled in at least one operational role and will function independently during conduct of testing and operations. The Engineer I will actively contribute to Integrated Operations projects and process/tool development efforts, including accountability for key elements of these efforts.Duties and ResponsibilitiesUnderstand test and operational requirementsDefine and optimize the flow of testing and operations activitiesPlan, schedule, and conduct test and operations to meet program schedulesPerform testing and operations activities in accordance with established practices and proceduresPerform test and operations on-console (while maintaining situational awareness and real-time communications throughout test and operations activities)Conduct testing and operations safely and ensure quality and integrity of critical flight hardware is maintainedPerform post-test and post-flight data review and analysesPerform real-time troubleshooting to resolve test and operations issuesWork to continually improve and streamline integration, testing, and operationsOptimize and automate checkout, processing, testing, and operationsEnsure health and safety policies and standard operating procedures are followedDomestic and international travel may be requiredSkills & Expertise - EssentialAerospace, mechanical, electrical, mechatronic engineering degree or equivalent1+ years of experience in engineering design, test and/or operationsSelf-driven, motivated, and contagiously positiveProven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationshipsCareful work ethic with an eye for detailAbility to work under pressure and to strict deadlinesSkills & Expertise - Desirable2+ years of experience in engineering design, test and/or operationsExperience with launch vehicles or spacecraft including integration, testing, launch, or mission operationsExperience with Java, Python, or other object-oriented programming languageExperience with LabVIEW and PLC development for data acquisition & real-time controlPI175533080SDL2017

Keywords: Rocket Lab, Hampton , Mechanical Engineer I (Launch Operations & Test Engineer), Engineering , Wallops Island, Virginia

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