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Avionics Manufacturing Engineer

Avionics Manufacturing Engineer

companyRocket Lab
locationAuckland, New Zealand
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time

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.

While other companies talk about it, we do it!

About the role

The Avionics Manufacturing Engineer enables the production team to achieve the required production rates with the right quality.  

The Manufacturing Engineer will work closely with other Engineers, Technicians, and subject matter experts across a range of departments developing improvements to the production process within a high-growth, high-consequence production environment. 

This role requires candidates to take ownership of production lines, remove production blockers, understand vehicle risk, and improve manufacturing processes and products to improve build rate and product yield.  

They are also responsible for the development of new products and processes, leveraging their strong working knowledge of both the product and best-practice manufacturing through prototyping, test, and integration. 

The Manufacturing Engineering team regularly are required to undertake practical problem solving over a wide variety of systems and situations, so the ability to remain flexible while applying sound, risk-based engineering decision making processes is critical

Essential skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, or Mechatronics Engineering 
  • Experience with electrical hardware systems, PCBA Assemblies, or instrumentation and control systems
  • Experience designing and debugging electrical test infrastructure or automated test systems
  • Experience developing basic automation or data analysis scripting in Python, C or similar
  • Hands-on technical experience debugging complex electrical or software systems within a production environment 
  • Proven ability to deliver engineering projects with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team 
  • Can-do approach and flexibility to thrive around growing teams and processes 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • Proven risk assessment and risk-based decision-making skills 

Desired Skills

  • Experience with ERP/PLM Systems - Siemens Team Centre / Infor LN 
  • Knowledge of production quality metrics 
  • Strong experience in configuration control and configuration management in production systems 
  • Understanding of instrumentation, interfaces, and sensors including power supplies, accelerometers, thermocouples, RTDs, and pressure sensors  
  • Working experience with environmental acceptance/production acceptance testing, such as vibration, shock, thermal, and vacuum 
  • Demonstrated experience with DFMEA, PFMEA methodologies, Fault Tree Analysis, Pareto analysis, root cause and corrective action 
  • Proven ability to deliver new product implementation activities on time and to budget 
  • Familiar with engineering change processes and implementation in production environments

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits

  • The opportunity to work on innovative technology
  • An employee stock purchase program
  • Access to world leading experts to develop your career
  • Rocket Lab merchandise – T-shirts, mission patches etc.
  • Discounted health insurance with Southern Cross
  • Additional parental leave entitlements
  • A vibrant team culture with social activities throughout the year

If the above is aligned and you would like to know more apply now, all applications are considered and reviewed.

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 g.biow@rocketlabusa.com.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.