Composite Technician - Assembly & Test

Composite Technician - Assembly & Test

companyRocket Lab
locationAuckland, New Zealand
PublishedPublished: 12/23/2023
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!

Rocket Lab’s Electron team is responsible for building, testing, and launching our Electron rocket across our launch sites and test facilities in the United States and New Zealand. Electron is one of the world’s most frequently launched rockets, and our team behind its success are diligent, move fast, and have each others’ back to deliver a reliable rocket to the launch pad time and time again. 


The (Composite) mechanical assembly and tests team, is responsible for assembling, installing and testing mechanical and avionics components with related harnesses used for Electron production. You will work closely with technicians on the floor to complete various mechanical assembly and integration tasks. It requires a versatile skillset, you will need to fulfil composite tasks alongside your primary mechanical fitout tasks. As a technician, you will be hands on, working with tools, plant equipment and facilities to build test and integrate hardware to the Electron launch vehicle. This role can be physical in nature and requires reasonable level of fitness.


  • Confined spaces activities, undertaking inspections and installation of mechanical and electrical hardware inside Electron propellant tanks
  • Assembly and installation of mechanical components onto and inside the Electron Launch Vehicle tanks, extending to Fairings, Next Gen Batteries and payload structures when required
  • Assembly of test equipment and other custom tooling as required
  • Test components and systems using specific test functional testing equipment and software driven tests including but not limited to Cryogenic and Hydrostatic tank testing
  • Use specialist tools and equipment – wire strippers, torque drivers, milliohmeter, multimeter, DC power supply etc


  • Trade qualified and can demonstrate 4+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Precision mechanical assembly
  • Comfortable with high precision lock wiring, riveting, and small component installation
  • Comfortable working to exacting standards
  • Have a good level of eyesight and be able to inspect assemblies to a high workmanship standard
  • Comfortable and competent at working in confined spaces
  • Comfortable working to exacting standards, including cleanliness for oxygen service
  • Have a sound understanding of standard industry ESD
  • Be able to manufacture components to a high workmanship standard


  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Precision avionic & mechanical assembly 
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as autonomously
  • Able to read, understand and follow manufacturing instructions and drawings
  • A high work ethic, always seeking more responsibility
  • Takes initiative & remains calm under pressure
  • Computer literate, and comfortable using smartphones and tablets

We offer world-class training so if you only meet some of the requirements but are seeking a new challenge apply now! All applications are reviewed and considered. 


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.