Composites Technician/Tradeperson

Auckland, New Zealand, Rocket Lab [2901876CBC]

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.


Working as part of the Electron Vehicle Team:

  • You will have the opportunity to work on a new launch vehicle using state of the art manufacturing and production techniques.
  • We need your expertise in complex composite construction together with your ability to produce top quality work with an exceptional eye for detail.
  • You will need to deliver on the manufacture and trimming of composites components and building of composite moulds and jigs.
  • You will be required to prepare moulds and composite parts for laminating to the highest standards.


  • Demonstrate 3+ years of relevant industry experience in a composite manufacturing facility
  • Has completed a composite apprenticeship or has experience as a composite boat-builder or composite technician
  • Capable of meeting QA requirements and able to display a great level of attention to detail
  • Train and mentor more junior technicians in technical skills using training packages
  • Be able to answer technical questions for any components or skills that you are authorised as a trainer for
  • Understand in detail the specific components you are assigned and support the teams’ leading hand in making sound plans and schedule mitigation plans
  • Capable of working as part of a team as well as autonomously
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Heavy emphasis on achievement and details – getting things done efficiently, effectively and to the highest quality standards.
  • The ability to take a flexible approach and to adapt to change quickly
  • Have tenacity, a can-do attitude and the ability to think quickly and make accurate judgement.

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