Lead System Safety Engineer

Wallops Island, Virginia, United States (USA), Rocket Lab [2813479456]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

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.



  • 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.


  • 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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