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Principal Manufacturing Engineer, Space Systems

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

Job Description:

Why Rocket Lab? From missions to the Moon & Mars, to looking for life on Venus, Rocket Lab has opened up a solar system of possibilities for innovation, exploration and infrastructure in space to make for a better world down here on Earth. At Rocket Lab, our employees have a once in a lifetime opportunity to work on cutting edge projects and leave their footprint in history. Rocket Lab has vertically integrated to become the world's leading end-to-end space company. From space software, separation systems, solar panels, reaction wheels, and in-house 3D engine builds, anything that goes to space will have a Rocket Lab logo on it. With our Electron rocket and Photon spacecraft, we---ve simplified space, making it easy and affordable to get your ideas to orbit. And with the development of our re-usable rocket, Neutron, we will have the capabilities for mega constellation deployment, high value payloads, deep-space missions and human spaceflight come 2024. Rocket Lab has the only private orbital launch site in the world. The satellites we build and launch are enabling innovation and exploration, they---re keeping countries connected and borders protected, they're monitoring weather and managing waste, they're providing insights on climate change, and helping us manage resources for future generations. While other companies talk about it, we do it Manufacturing Engineer, Principal (Space Systems) As the Principal Manufacturing Engineer for Rocket Lab---s Space Systems programs, you---ll play a pivotal role in technology development and platform development for high performance missions in Defense and Intelligence Space. In addition, you will participate in the development of technologies and platforms that will see the Space Systems team deliver a NASA mission to the Moon, Venus, and Mars. What you'll get to do: Design for Manufacture: Contribute to design reviews acting as an expert in design for manufacture, design for test, productivity, supplier capability assessments, quality control, etc. Oversee introduction and implementation of new products and product revisions as related to Space Systems products and Electron/Neutron Avionics. Process, Tooling & Equipment: Provide Engineering support for day-to-day production processes Complete analysis and identify improvements for production safety, quality, delivery and cost Develop production processes and ensure they are accurately and clearly documented, including testing procedures, health and safety requirements and supervisor sign-offs. Design, develop, and implement tooling and equipment for use in a production environment where appropriate to improve quality, delivery and/or cost performance Quality: When required, lead problem containment and structured root cause & corrective action investigations Quickly analyze and resolve manufacturing discrepancies and non-conformances Interface with the quality team to resolve manufacturing engineering quality responsibilities Liaise between production, quality, supply chain and design engineering staff for complex problem solving and process changes Continuous Improvement: Identify, plan, and execute capital equipment, machine, and layout upgrades to the meet volume requirements including preparation of business cases Lead the continuous improvement process in your area using lean tools and techniques such as 5S Introduce automation where appropriate and ensure equipment data links directly to MRP and quality systems Identify risks and improvements to develop the manufacturing engineering department to meet company needs Develop and mentor less experienced engineers and technicians daily You---ll bring these qualifications: 4-year engineering degree (Preferably Electrical, or Aerospace) 10 years--- of experience in a satellite design, development, manufacturing and test environment. These qualifications would be nice to have: Have expert capability to execute projects for product, process and equipment manufacturing improvements including the design, build, commissioning and production hand-off Develop, implement, and continuously improve avionics processes through strong working knowledge of EEE piece parts, PCB, PCBA, electromechanical assembly, tooling, test, and quality techniques. Have expert knowledge in manufacturing processes for space systems and aerospace materials including but not limited to soldering, cleaning, solar panel production, vibration testing, thermal testing, RF testing, radiation testing. Have performed root cause and corrective action projects and PFMEA / DFMEA of complex manufacturing processes and products Have a successful track record coaching and mentoring engineers of different experience levels Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. We do what we say we---re going to do, we are fiercely efficient and best of all, we build beautiful things. 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, Long Beach , Principal Manufacturing Engineer, Space Systems, Other , Long Beach, California

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