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Senior Panel Program Engineer

Senior Panel Program Engineer

companyRocket Lab
locationAlbuquerque, NM, USA
PublishedPublished: 6/5/2024
Engineering
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 PANEL PROGRAM ENGINEER

Based out of Rocket Lab's site in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Senior Panel Program Engineer provides technical support and coordination to meet Solar Panel and Solar Array program objectives, ensure requirements, and realize system concepts throughout execution of the project plan. This position serves as the main liaison between program engineering leadership and program management team with technical experts internally to define an executable project to satisfy program needs. Prepare presentations and diagrams in relationship to technical requests or problem analysis and coordinate recommended solutions with program leadership team and other stakeholders.

WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO:

  • Create clear and succinct documentation of analyses and proposals to disseminate assumptions, methodologies, and conclusions. 
  • Support proposal compliance reviews and consult on technical input.
  • Interact with a broad cross-functional team of individuals from R&D, operations, program management, design and manufacturing.
  • In partnership with the Spacecraft Subsystems Project Engineer
  • Prepare engineering documentation for both internal and external customers.
  • Support product configuration management tasks such as review and/or release of program specifications, travelers, and test procedures. 
  • Interface with production team and manufacturing engineer as required to resolve program related manufacturing issues.
  • Support closure of all engineering-related actions items. 
  • Review all program related engineering documents.
  • Provide instructions for special operations. 
  • Review all program-related Engineering Change Requests. 
  • Support Production Simulations and Test Data Reviews. 

YOU’LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BS degree in engineering, material science, or applied physics.
  • 8+ years of experience using NX, AutoCAD (DWG viewer) or SolidWorks 2012 (e-drawings) or newer.
  • Experience with power systems design for spacecraft and spacecraft environments.

THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE:

  • Experience in space-related manufacturing.
  • Spacecraft Systems Engineering related degree is desired.
  • Leadership experience in a project engineering role.
  • Proficient in all MS Office applications.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal to create clear and succinct technical documentation using technical writing fundamentals.
  • Able to quickly absorb, process, and apply information outside of one’s core competencies.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.
  • Regularly required to sit, use hands and fingers, operate computer keyboard and controls, and communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Must be physically able to commute to buildings
  • Occasional exposure to dust, fumes and moderate levels of noise.

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.