Additive Manufacturing Technician I - 2nd Shift

Additive Manufacturing Technician I - 2nd Shift

companyRocket Lab
locationLong Beach, CA, USA
PublishedPublished: 4/20/2024
Full Time


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!


Neutron is a medium lift launch vehicle capable of delivering the mega constellations of tomorrow, high assurance payloads, and human spaceflight. As a highly reusable launch platform, Neutron will deliver a highly cost-effective and reliable launch solution leveraging Rocket Lab’s proven execution history with the Electron program. If you’re interested in joining a high performing team, pushing the boundaries with a clean sheet development of re-usable liquid launch vehicle, this is your opportunity!


Based onsite at Rocket Lab's global headquarters in Long Beach, California the Additive Manufacturing Technician I is responsible for supporting various Additive technologies (LPBF, DED, Hybrid Solutions) with various alloys. This role will support all Additive processes involved with the Rutherford & Archimedes engines. You will support the Manager of Additive Manufacturing and Production Additive Manufacturing organization, with deliverables required for internal leadership, board of directors, and investors.

This opening is for 2nd shift Monday - Friday from 1pm-9:30pm PST. 


  • Uphold and follow all Additive safety measures – be an advocate for safe operations.
  • Prepare additive print jobs for success through attention to detail on setups.
  • Operate a variety of metal 3D printers, experience with EOS, SLM, & DMG preferred.
  • Identify and troubleshoot mechanical, optical laser, electrical, and build issues.
  • Conduct calibration of 3D Printers and interpret findings with Engineering.
  • Ensure conformance of part/build through independent inspection and print detail verification.
  • Follow work orders, procedures, specifications, and test instructions with attention to detail. Communicate any issues that are found.
  • Perform daily, weekly, and monthly preventative maintenance – as directed by Engineering.
  • Provide process improvement feedback and implement solutions in collaboration with Engineering.
  • Collaborate with Engineers on setup and fabrication of 3D prints and new hardware.
  • Kick off issue tickets based on process/product non-conformances.
  • Drive Additive Internal 5S system with actions promoting sustainability in the Additive Department.
  • Utilize measurement tools (micrometer, caliper, surface plate etc.) to ensure high quality inputs and outputs, including post-print inspection and post-processing inspection.


  • 2+ years of experience in a manufacturing, fabrication, assembly or testing environment.
  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Proficient in hand, power, and pneumatic tools such as drills, chisels, taps.
  • Proficient in inspection methods: surface plate, calipers, micrometers, height gauge.
  • Experience with operating machine tools: vertical mills, lathes, media blasters, cranes, or forklifts


  • 4+ years of experience with operating metal 3D printers and knowledge of associated hazards Experience with Additive Manufacturing (AM) principles.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • Experience interpreting engineering drawings.
  • Experience using JIRA.


  • Ability to work the following shift, Monday-Friday 1pm-9:30pm PST. 
  • Standing for long periods of time, climbing up and down ladders, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, and stretching may be required to perform the functions of this position 
  • Able to lift up to 25lbs. unassisted 
  • Must be able to climb ladders and be comfortable working in tight spaces. 
  • Must be able to move repetitively, bend or twist, and use hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls. 
  • Must be able to walk or stand for extended periods – 8 hours min  

The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the California Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience. 

Base salary is only one part of Rocket Lab’s compensation package for this role. You may be eligible for company stock, stock options, or cash incentives, and can purchase discounted stock through Rocket Lab’s Employee Stock Purchase Program. Employee benefits may also include medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; 401(k) retirement plan options; paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; paid parental leave; and other discounts and perks.  

Base Pay Range (CA Only)$20—$35 USD


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.

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.