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Composite Technician

Company: Rocket Lab
Location: Wallops Island
Posted on: January 26, 2023

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!

Rocket Lab USA Is Seeking a Composite Technician.
About the role:
As a Composite Technician manufacturing the Neutron Launch vehicle, your role will be focusing on, but not limited to, working on pressurized Tanks, fairings, Cored and monolithic structures of both the S2 and S1 components of the launch vehicle.
This role requires a wide knowledge of composite manufacturing techniques, product knowledge, and openness to trialingnew and exploratory methods of the building during the initial phase of neutron fabrication and assembly.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Pressurized tanks, fairings and structures
  • Trimming fitting and bonding of composite components.
  • Assembly of metallic components into Carbon composite structures
  • Fitting of Honeycomb, foam and syntactic core
  • Fitting and refurbishment of thermal protection systems.
  • Vacuum bagging, curing and processing in out of autoclave and Autoclave application
  • Working at heights (appropriate training and a safe environment will be provided)
  • Integration of mechanical hardware
  • Perform other standard composite and integration building techniques and practices as industries such as aerospace, space and other composite workplaces demand.
  • You may be requested to work on other products for Rocket lab in the Local area or travel as required


    • Support Testing campaigns by the means of manufacture, supply and conducting tests
    • Support test teams as required in Qual unit testing and Acceptance testing of components of the launch vehicle and structures


      • Develop form SOP's, work instructions and autonomously as required utilizing best practices.
      • Accurately capture fit out procedures and documentation aligning with Rocket Lab standards
      • Ensure all modifications, deviations and updates are accurately tracked during initial phases of product development
      • Follow Work instructions accurately during the production phase of manufacturing

        Skills & Experience:

        • Top tier, advanced Prepreg manufacturing knowledge
        • Experienced in Core bond and Splicing
        • Resin infusion knowledge
        • Broad Industry manufacturing experience from previous appointments
        • Basic I.T. skills
        • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
        • 5+ years of industry experience

          Important Information:To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.
          Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status


Keywords: Rocket Lab, Hampton , Composite Technician, Professions , Wallops Island, Virginia

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