Manufacturing Engineer – Design

Auckland, New Zealand, Rocket Lab [3109921CB]

Field(s) of expertise
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Job type

About this job

Rocket Lab is the global leader in dedicated small satellite launch. Launching from right here in New Zealand, we design and build innovative technology to give small satellites a premium ride to orbit.

Small satellites play a crucial role in our day-to-day lives – they connect us, keep us safe, help us understand our planet and manage our impact on it, and they enable us to innovate and explore. 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 relentlessly innovative team is behind Electron, the world’s only truly commercial small satellite launch vehicle in operation today. With multiple orbital launches under our belt and a record of 100% mission success, we’re opening access to space to improve life on Earth. We’ve built a world class team with a reputation for doing the impossible. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Every day, we pursue ideas that challenge, excite and demand more of us, and we make them real. Be a part of it.


The purpose of the Manufacturing Engineer – Design is to support the efficient and cost-effective production of launch vehicles through improved production equipment designs and processes. This role will ensure the Production teams meet their stringent customer requirements by easing fabrication tasks while maintaining quality.  This position will work closely and develop strong relationships with Manufacturing Engineers, Production staff and subject matter experts across a range of departments.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or related.
  • 5+ years experience as a Manufacturing/Quality/Process/Mechanical Design Engineer.
  • Strong 3D CAD skills – ideally SolidWorks or Siemens NX.
  • Understanding of standard production principles.
  • Experience designing equipment for high complexity, fast moving production environments and smoothly transitioning these from prototype to production.
  • Previous knowledge of equipment qualification ‘best practice’ from a relevant regulated industry.
  • Strong communicator, with proven ability to write clear and concise technical documentation.
  • Can-do approach and flexibility to thrive around growing teams and processes.
  • Strong GD&T knowledge.

As well as a being a career-defining role, working at Rocket Lab means being part of meaningful projects with world-leading experts. 

Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference.

We get things done. Our team is nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented. While other companies talk about it, we do it. This means projects get the green light faster and ideas are put into practice rapidly.

Everyone works on the big stuff. This isn’t a huge aerospace company where you get lost in bureaucracy and end up a tiny cog in a giant machine. At Rocket Lab, your work directly impacts the success of each mission. Everyone’s voice is heard, and everyone can contribute major projects. This is your chance to play a pivotal role in developing space systems that change the way we access space.

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