Vehicle Design Engineer

Auckland, New Zealand, Rocket Lab [2946283]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

Rocket Lab is redefining how we access space by providing frequent and reliable launch to Low Earth Orbit. Rocket Lab is the global market leader in dedicated small satellite launch, with 6 flights under our belt and 28 customer satellites successfully placed on orbit. Our cadence is increasing rapidly to meet the growing demand of small satellite launches. Therefore, we’re seeking passionate and skilled individuals who are comfortable working in a dynamic, technically challenging environment to join us on this adventure.


The Vehicle Design Team support the hardware design of Electron by developing the systems, structures, and documentation to support and improve the performance of Electron. From R&D to production improvements, every day will see new problems to solve and new opportunities to leave your mark on the vehicle.

As an Intermediate Design Engineer at Rocket Lab, you will be supporting the design of the world’s first mass-produced orbital launch vehicle. Given the high launch cadence of Electron, you will have unparalleled opportunities for end-to-end hardware development and seeing your designs reach space.


  • An Engineering degree or equivalent qualification together with 3+ years’ work experience
  • Strong CAD Skills, experience with SolidWorks or NX preferred
  • Experience in structuring and working with large assemblies in a multi-user environment
  • Proven experience in seeing products through from concept to completion in a production environment
  • The ability to work on your own initiative and to plan your own daily workflow
  • Capability to manage smaller development projects autonomously
  • Proven experience working under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships


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