Engine Test Technician

Auckland, New Zealand, Rocket Lab [3005693999]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace 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.


We are looking for a driven Engine Test Technician to support our Rutherford Testing Team. This is an entirely hands on role where you will be required to reliably and consistently perform duties for engine assembly and testing.

The Rutherford Testing team is responsible for completing all of the development, qualification and acceptance testing for the Rutherford rocket engine. The engine uses liquid oxygen and hydrocarbon propellants that are fed to the combustion chamber with electric turbo pumps, so if you have a keen eye for detail and see yourself working on some of the most advanced engineering New Zealand has to offer, then this role is for you.

  • Carry out precision engine assembly and pre-test checks
  • Carry out fitting engines to test equipment
  • Carry out rocket engine and components testing
  • Responsible for engine strip down and cleaning processes
  • Contribute to ongoing improvements projects and maintenance of testing facilities


  • A qualified Fitter Turner or Aircraft Technician
  • Mechanical assembly experience (preferably aerospace or precision industry)
  • Can-do attitude, enthusiastic, proactive and open to learning
  • Ability to work long hours during the week and at least one weekend day
  • Methodical work ethic with a excellent eye for detail

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