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Senior HITL Technician I

Senior HITL Technician I

companyRocket Lab
locationLong Beach, CA, USA
PublishedPublished: 5/16/2024
Technician
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!

SPACE SYSTEMS

Rocket Lab’s Space Systems team is responsible for every satellite and satellite component made by Rocket Lab: from complete satellites destined for missions to the Moon and Mars, to the individual components and subsystems that make up a satellite like solar panels, flight software, reaction wheels and star trackers, separation systems, radios, and more. Our Space Systems team is made up of engineers, technicians, and designers who design, create, and put together our own satellites for missions across the commercial, government, and defense sectors, or who build and assemble satellite hardware and software that supports other satellite missions.

SENIOR HITL TECHNICIAN I

Based out of Rocket Lab's global headquarters in Long Beach, CA, the Senior HITL Technician I is responsible for designing, maintaining, and operating hardware in the loop (HITL) systems. You will support the HITL Manager, Shared Services and Space Systems organization, with deliverables requested by internal leadership, board of directors, and investors.

WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO:

  • Fabricate, assemble, and test high quality, high reliability wire harness and electro-mechanical assemblies
  • Work hands-on with test and flight hardware
  • Precisely follow quality inspection and manufacturing work instructions
  • Work in a cross-disciplinary team to verify the functionality and performance of the Rocket Lab spacecraft buses
  • Use and maintain technical documentation via system diagrams, schematics, ICDs, procedures or test/anomaly reports
  • Operate and capture data from test equipment (DMMs, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, spectrum analyzers, etc.)
  • Operate Rocket Lab test and simulation platforms
  • Assemble equipment racks and design layout arrangement

QUALIFICATIONS YOU’LL BRING AS SENIOR HITL TECHNICIAN I:

  • 8+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Precision soldering, harness manufacturing and assembly
  • Sound understanding of standard industry ESD
  • Experience with electronics debugging and testing (multimeters, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers)

THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE:

  • A very high level of attention to detail and the ability to produce work to an exceptional standard of accuracy
  • Trade qualified in relevant industry
  • Ability to understand or create technical documentation via system diagrams, schematics, CAD drawing, ICDs, procedures, test/anomaly reports
  • Ability to work under pressure and adhere to tight deadlines
  • Rack layout configuration and harness setup and installation
  • Mechanical assembly manipulation
  • Experience with network devices, ethernet cables and fiber debugging
  • Experience with basic remote systems configuration: servers, routers, switches, PLCs
  • Basic Python and Linux scripting
  • Computer literate, and comfortable using websites, clear laid out applications
  • Knowledge to use Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Visio, Teams)
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to be self-motivated
  • Exposure to spacecraft systems or similar highly complex and autonomous systems
  • Previous HIL/PIL experience

ADDITONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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.
  • Ability 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.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces.

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)$31—$48 USD

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.