Internship – Manufacturing Engineering

Auckland, New Zealand, Rocket Lab [29823051 ]

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. Every day we pursue ideas that challenge, excite and demand more of us, and we make them real. Be a part of it.

Launch your career with one of the most exciting internship opportunities in New Zealand! This is a fantastic opportunity for an aspiring manufacturing engineer to kickstart their career and learn from some of the best in the business.


You will help engineer Rocket Lab’s manufacturing processes, design equipment to be used in production lines, and help troubleshoot manufacturing/quality issues to affect production and delivery targets at Rocket Lab’s state of the art manufacturing facilities in Auckland, NZ.


  • Working towards a BS, MS, or an advanced degree in a relevant engineering program.
  • Capable of being self-managed and committed to working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Hands-on experience through engineering project teams, lab research, or through a prior relevant internship or work experience.
  • Professional and positive communication skills.
  • The ability to read and interpret basic mechanical drawings and electrical schematics
  • Familiarity and/or experience working with a 3D CAD package (i.e. SolidWorks/NX/Catia)

We also have an opportunity for a composite focussed manufacturing engineer and for this internship our requirements are:-

  •   Enrolled in a relevant course of studies with a preferred minimum of 4 completed semesters with composite focused courses
  • Experience or knowledge of most composite manufacturing techniques (autoclave pre-preg, compression molding, filament winding, wet lay-up etc.)
  • Knowledge of standard composite practices (cleaning, bonding, curing cycles etc.)
  • Practical experience through school or private projects, work or internships (Please include extensive information on these with your application)
  • Strong English communication skills (written and spoken)
  • Experience with CAD (Solidworks, NX or Catia preferred)

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