Propulsion Operations Engineer

Auckland, New Zealand, Rocket Lab [297703632]

Field(s) of expertise
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

This is an excellent opportunity for a Propulsion Operations Engineer to contribute to the Propulsion Team test operations for Rocket Lab. In the role of Operations Engineer, you will be responsible for planning and performing propulsion testing and launch activities within the company, this includes:

  • Rutherford and Curie propulsion systems
  • Vehicle stage assemblies
  • The propulsion launch processes and procedures during launch campaigns

On a day to day basis you will be testing rocket engines, subcomponents and full Electron stages for development and acceptance before launch to space, as well as participating in critical launch operations. This is a truly brilliant opportunity to work on the most exciting engineering project currently being undertaken in New Zealand.


  • Test Operations – ensure activities are performed to the necessary quality and on time to meet company milestones. Define and peer review test requirements and test results.
  • Launch Operations – participate in critical launch operations as required, including launch operations as well as pre-launch preparation and post-launch reviews.
  • Test Facility – ensure that testing activities can be carried out to the defined test requirements and work with the test facility manager to achieve these activities.
  • H&S – Ensure that all staff, including yourself are trained to the appropriate safety practices and operating procedures.


Minimum Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s engineering degree or an equivalent qualification
  • 2+ years mechanical engineering experience in aviation or aerospace

  Desired Skills

  • Demonstrable understanding of thermodynamic and fundamental mechanical engineering concepts.
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • The ability to work well within a team environment.
  • 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
  • Tenacity, a can-do attitude and the ability to think quickly and make accurate judgements.

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