Integrated Operations Engineer - Ground Systems Operations

Integrated Operations Engineer - Ground Systems Operations

companyRocket Lab
locationAuckland, New Zealand
PublishedPublished: 1/26/2024
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!


Engineering is at the heart of Rocket Lab. Our engineering team has a proven track record of designing and developing world-class rockets and spacecraft that are changing the way we access and use space. You’ll work alongside driven, talented engineers from varied backgrounds and experience levels, all committed to the same mission. Our engineering team members span design, analysis, prototyping, testing, manufacturing, assembly and integration, quality control, engineering documentation, and more.  


Integrated Operations is the Rocket Lab organization responsible for Electron launch vehicle and Photon testing and operations starting with stack testing through pre-launch processing, launch, on-orbit operations, and mission disposal. Integrated Operations is also responsible for configuration, checkout, and operation of related facilities, equipment, and infrastructure. Testing and operations may be conducted remotely or on-site at propulsion test facilities (MTC, ATC, PTC), the Auckland Mission Control Centre (MCC), LC-1 (Mahia), LC-2 (Wallops Island, VA), or other designated locations. 

Team Z specializes in ground systems operations and support including structures, mechanisms, pressurization, hydraulics, pneumatics, HVAC, instrumentation, and related monitoring, command & control systems that are used at our test and launch facilities. Team Z operators are on console providing command and control capabilities to the Rocket Lab ground equipment in support of rocket test and launch operations. 

The Engineer II is an intermediate role in Integrated Operations. The Engineer II will have a command of various disciplines related to testing and operations. The Engineer II will typically be skilled in multiple operational roles, including test and operational lead roles where he/she will direct other operators during testing and operations. The Engineer II will routinely mentor and train other operators. The Engineer II will take a leadership/ownership role in Integrated Operations projects and process/tool development efforts. 


  • Aerospace, mechanical, electrical, mechatronic engineering degree or equivalent
  • 2+ years of experience in engineering design, test and/or operations 
  • Ability to read, understand and follow detailed schematics, drawings, and instructions 
  • Self-driven, motivated, and contagiously positive 
  • Proven communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships 
  • Careful work ethic with an eye for detail 
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines 
  • Ability to work at heights and in confined spaces 


  • 5+ years of experience in engineering design, test and/or operations 
  • Demonstrated experience working in safety/mission-critical, high-stress environments 
  • Experience working with launch vehicles or spacecraft including integration, testing, launch, and/or on-console mission operations 
  • Experience with CAD systems preferably SolidWorks 
  • Experience with Java, Python, or other object-oriented programming language 
  • Experience with LabVIEW and PLC development for data acquisition & Realtime control 

If the above sounds like you, apply now!


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.