Lead System Safety Engineer

Wallops Island, Virginia, United States (USA), Rocket Lab

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.