Lead System Safety Engineer

Virginia, United States (USA), Rocket Lab [281347934]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

Founded in June 2006 as a center for advanced space systems, Rocket Lab’s goal is to remove the commercial barriers to space by providing frequent launch opportunities to low orbit Earth.

Rocket Lab is rapidly expanding to meet the global demand for our commercial launch service. The Wallops Island launch facility is seeking passionate, highly-skilled individuals who are comfortable working in a dynamic, technically challenging environment where they will be given ownership of processes from start-to-finish. We believe that an empowered and motivated workforce has been the cornerstone of our success and will be essential to our long-term growth as we redefine how the world accesses space.

As the lead system safety engineer you will lead and support key safety engineering deliverables for ground safety, range/flight safety, launch integration, and operations.

In the early stages of this newly created role, you will travel to LC-1 in New Zealand to understand an already proven launch operation. During launch campaigns, responsibilities include leading or participating gated reviews as well as supporting operations on console.


  • Define and verify requirements for launch vehicle processing, pad activation and launch operations to ensure safety and maintain compliance with relevant range safety requirements.
  • Conduct technical analyses such as FMEA, hazard analyses, probabilistic risk assessments and fault tree analysis.
  • Develop and maintain launch plans for ground safety, flight safety and launch operations.
  • Generate and implement safety standards, work instructions, processes, procedures, and provide guidance to mitigate hazards and risks.
  • Review engineering designs, change requests, non-conformance reports, test/launch procedures for safety assurance.
  • Coordinate with Range safety authorities to support analyses, readiness reviews, technical meetings and launch operations.
  • Employ correct PPE in designated areas.


Required Education & Experience

  • Four-year degree in Engineering or equivalent.
  • 10+ years experience with space vehicles system design, testing or operations.
  • Demonstrated experience with safety and/or risk engineering.
  • Preparing safety documentation and data packages experience.
  • Requirements development and management experience.
  • Project planning experience.

Required Skills

  • Familiarity with FAA Part 400, NASA, AFSPCMAN, RCC, EWR and MIL-STDs.
  • Familiarity with system safety analyses and tools.
  • Strong technical writing and communication skills.

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