Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Auckland, New Zealand, Rocket Lab [2996525CB]

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 manufacturing engineering team are responsible for engineering support of the Electron launch vehicle production line.
  • Working closely with production line technicians, they focus on the manufacturing process, ensuring Electron is built to the engineering specifications required.
  • A typical day for a manufacturing engineer might involve working with the engineering design team on a new concept and how it might be integrated into the production flow, documenting the manufacturing process, or designing new tooling or fixtures to support its manufacture.
  • They could be authoring work instructions to define a process or could be tasked to delivering a future state process improvement to reduce labour hours, improve reliability or manufacturability.


  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electrical, aerospace or manufacturing engineering
  • 6+ years in manufacturing environment
  • Experience modelling with 3D CAD software eg. Solidworks, Inventor, NX/Unigraphics, Catia
  • Working proficiency with DFMEA, PFMEA methodologies and Fault Tree Analysis
  • Basic competency with SQL databases and SQL programming
  • Demonstrated experience designing tooling in a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to create and deliver accurate presentations for design and manufacturing readiness reviews
  • Experience transitioning products from design to manufacturing as part of a cross-functional team in a fast-paced iterative design environment
  • Hands on with a passion for continuous improvement and building the best hardware
  • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision in a timely manner
  • Pareto analysis, root cause and corrective action experience
  • Experience with capacity modelling, process mapping, lean and continuous improvement principles
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) experience

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