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Lead Test Engineer - Neutron Propulsion

Company: Rocket Lab USA
Location: Long Beach
Posted on: May 8, 2022

Job Description:

Job Description Rocket Lab Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab. Our team is 1,100 people strong and we're adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly and we are action-oriented. While other companies talk about it, we do it Rocket Lab Rocket Lab is the global leader in small satellite launch. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. There are endless possibilities for what we can achieve with better access to space, and that access is now a reality thanks to Rocket Lab. Our team is 1,100 people strong and we're adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly and we are action-oriented. While other companies talk about it, we do it Lead Test Engineer --- Neutron Propulsion Lead Test Engineer --- Archimedes, is responsible for leading the team and engineering work for the Archimedes engine testing. This role focuses on Archimedes achieving its functional requirements to the required quality and schedule. The Lead Engineer has the scope to direct the team's engineering efforts across and outside the direct team in the best interest of the company. Engineering direction and decisions are solved by the lead providing guidance and resource allocations to the rest of the team. Expectations Technical Knowledge --- Coordinates cross-functional engagement to drive engineering best practice, knowledge sharing, and improvements with global teams --- Consistently identifies the right person to produce the right solution when faced with an engineering challenge --- Able to accurately assess and estimate technical requirements and capacity for projects --- Able to coach basic best practice for multiple technical systems --- Able to coach or create opportunities to further team's technical expertise Documentation --- Can create a technical document pertinent to their role/expertise, including technical documents outside of their pertinent role/expertise --- Can provide feedback and improvements on technical documents, including technical documents outside of their pertinent role/expertise Project Management --- Can prioritize, manage, and drive multiple projects at the same time --- Gives transparency to the wider business on current status, any blockers and accommodates any discussions which can unlock current or future blockers --- Can unblock other's projects through cross-functional influence and communication skills --- Sets group/business priorities Risk Based Decision Making --- Able to prioritize risk effectively and make risk/reward trade-off calls by leveraging quality engineering, senior engineering, and production input to mitigate risk to rocket and risk to business Ownership --- Takes ownership of team decisions and behavioral tendencies --- Motivates and improves poor performance --- Delivers results by improving others --- Leads way in showing accountability and responsibility Applied Business Solutions --- Prioritizes team on biggest cost, quality, reliability, and/or delivery wins by accounting for global business needs --- Verifies that solutions are successful and communicates learning about effectiveness Strategic Planning --- Can create a team or department strategic plan --- Coaches the development of other's strategic plans --- Aligns team strategic plan with management to deliver team and business goal --- Adjusts and refines team strategic plan as business requires Attitude --- Coaches and mentors others to improve interpersonal and communication skills --- Develops actions plans for team members to achieve personal, team, and company goals --- Regulates team attitude by challenging when complacent, motivating when down, and rewarding when deserved Communication --- Able to communicate with peers, subordinates, and superiors --- Ensures meetings stay on track and constantly steers meetings to increase value add --- Encourages others to challenge and listen when required --- Demands transparency from all groups --- Able to give constructive feedback in difficult situations --- Capable of building performance management plans --- Adept at conflict resolution --- Can create presentations, metrics, and emails that concisely highlight information and steer business on biggest areas of impact Flexibility --- Identifies areas that need cross-functional support and puts solutions in place to mitigate --- Identified single points of failure in team and mitigates through cross-training --- Capable of competently and comfortably being deputy for manager at any time for any length of time --- Develops and assigns competent deputies throughout team by ensuring others are adequately trained Professionalism --- Punctual --- Adheres to company policies and standards --- Able to coach on appropriate professional behaviour Debate and logical skills --- Can listen and internalize all sides of the discussion --- Offers additional information, viewpoints, and insight during discussions --- Use logical reasoning to progress debates --- Willing to listen and change beliefs when challenged --- Coaches others on best approach to discussion --- steers team on when to debate aggressively and when to concede Health and Safety --- Ensure health and safety policies and standard operating procedures are followed --- Correct PPE is worn in designated areas --- Report near-misses and incidents promptly Other --- Domestic and international travel may be required --- Additional duties as reasonably required --- Adheres to company policies and procedures Role Specific Deliverables/Outcomes Engineering --- Design specification responsibility for existing products or new developments as assigned by management to meet company requirements --- Engineering BOM responsibility and it's workflow with applicable software for new products or existing product (for components and assemblies) --- Responsible for communication of the design for manufacturing purposes including materials, GD&T and unique design specifications by using drawings and appropriately referenced information/standards --- Responsible for communication of R&D, qualification and acceptance test requirements of the product by using relevant engineering documents --- Responsible for verification of design meeting company requirements in conjunction with analysis, manufacturing, testing and operations teams. --- Responsible for product operation, lifecycle and maintenance by defining the necessary operating, maintenance, repair, calibration, and environmental care information for responsible product Required Tools --- Requirements and verification (JAMA) --- EBOM and Workflow (Teamcenter, EPDM, Redmine) --- CAD (Solidworks and NX) --- General design, documentation and presentation (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) --- Engineering drawings (Solidworks and NX) --- Time recording (Jira) --- Support Production Engineers Quality reporting and management (Redmine) Work instruction peer review (Flame) --- Support Test Engineers Test procedure or data review --- Support Operations Engineers --- Mission procedure or data review Skills and Experience Essential --- 6 years' industry experience --- Engineering degree --- Experience from previous employment that meets engineering experience title and skills --- Has demonstrated skills within the rocket propulsion industry where applicable to deliver required company outcomes --- Proven track record of leading a team to deliver multiple complete and successful engineering projects from conception to operation --- Experience working in one or more of the areas below to solve industry related problems applicable to rocket engines: o Structural static and/or non-linear analysis o Modal and/or frequency domain analysis o Computational fluid dynamics analysis o Heat transfer or thermal analysis o Sensors and instrumentation o Software Engineering Desirable --- Masters or PhD --- End to end rocket engine development and operation program leadership experience --- Relational database design --- Serial communications Important Information: To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State. Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status

Keywords: Rocket Lab USA, Long Beach , Lead Test Engineer - Neutron Propulsion, Engineering , Long Beach, California

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