Avionics Test Engineer

Auckland, New Zealand, Rocket Lab [2992181CCCCC]

Field(s) of expertise
Electronics Engineering Software 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.

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.


As a member of the Avionics Test group,

  • You will be on the front-line of cutting-edge avionics hardware development.
  • You will have the unique opportunity to develop novel and streamlined test systems for mission-critical avionics and software used on the Electron rocket. This includes but is not limited to
    • flight computers,
    • power electronic systems,
    • high-voltage components,
    • FPGAs,
    • RF systems,
    • components used in guidance, navigation, and control.
  • You will work to uncover how electronic circuits behave under the harshest of conditions and support the development of new test systems from the ground up including software and custom electronics.
  • Our fundamental goal is to ensure our payloads reach orbit on time, every time.
  • Your role working with avionics hardware is critical to this mission, and the main line of defence to ensure the quality and reliability in a fast-paced production environment.


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or other engineering discipline
  • 5+ years relevant industry experience
  • Experience with hardware development or electronics test engineering
  • Experience in programming, preferably in python, LabView or C/C++
  • Experience in analysing circuits and developing functional test plans
  • Understanding of electronic circuits, design principles and manufacturing techniques to analyse and improve test coverage
  • Understanding and experience in environmental design testing, such as vibration, shock, thermal and TVAC
  • Familiarity with national instruments platforms including DAQ, PXI and cRIO
  • Understanding of instrumentation, interfaces and sensors including power supplies, oscilloscopes, serial devices, switch topologies, accelerometers, thermocouples, RTDs and 4-20mA sensors

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