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AFP Operator

AFP Operator

companyRocket Lab
locationMiddle River, MD, USA
PublishedPublished: 5/24/2024
Full Time

ABOUT ROCKET LAB

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  

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.  

AFP OPERATOR  

Rocket Lab is installing the world’s largest post-style automated fiber placement machine (AFP) at our Space Structures Complex in Middle River in order to build large scale components for our new Neutron Launch Vehicle. As an AFP Operator you’ll get to build some of the largest carbon fiber composite fuselage structures ever made using cutting edge technologies and space grade materials.    

WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO:   

  • Run the Rocket Lab Automated Fiber Placement machine to build very large carbon fiber structures for our Neutron Rocket  
  • Work with Engineering and Programming teams on continuous improvement of our processes  
  • Engage directly with a total preventive maintenance program to ensure all equipment stays in safe and efficient condition  
  • Train on new processes and transition new components to AFP manufacturing  
  • Assist in setting up and calibrating the AFP machine for optimal performance   
  • Load and off-load composite tooling from the AFP machine  
  • Gain hands-on experience in loading and unloading composite materials onto the AFP machine, ensuring proper alignment and placement for the lamination process.   

YOU’LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATIONS:   

  • High School Diploma or GED 
  • 8+ years experience in Composites production and manufacturing. 
  • Ability to follow precise instructions and willingness to give feedback when instructions need improvement  
  • Experience operating large/heavy equipment  
  • Understanding of manufacturing environment and willingness to operate in a safe and effective manner  
  • Basic understanding of quality control, measurement systems, etc.   
  • Effective communication with a diverse team of Engineers, Technicians, Supervisors and others  

THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE:  

  • Associates Degree in a technical field  
  • Experience operating an AFP Machine   
  • Experience operating other robotic equipment  
  • Experience in an Aerospace   
  • Certified in crane or forklift opration  

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  

  • Repetitive assembly operations, grasping, standing, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position.  
  • 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   
  • Must be able to lift up to 25lbs. unassisted. 

WHAT TO EXPECT 

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:

FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN US OFFICES ONLY:

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 CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN NEW ZEALAND OFFICES ONLY:

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.