Propulsion Assembly Technician

Huntington Beach, United States (USA), Rocket Lab [2843701]

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


The ideal candidate will have an A&P license plus 1-3 year of experience in aviation, aerospace, or similar industry performing functions such as; mechanical assembly, repair, rebuild and/or overhaul (R&O), modification & maintenance, etc.

As a propulsion assembly technician for Rocket Lab you will be working on the build of the sub-assemblies for the Rutherford rocket engine.

The engine is a regeneratively cooled electrically driven pump fed rocket engine with LOx and kerosene propellants. It is the primary propulsion system of Electron. The engine consists of a thrust chamber, pumps, valves, plumbing, TVC actuators and motor controllers, to name a few mechanical components. This role is responsible for the assembly of these items and more for use on the engine. Specifically, day to day tasks will involve mechanical fitting, inspection, documentation and basic testing of these items. Superb hand skills are required with a good eye for detail to ensure all components meet the performance and quality requirements for spaceflight.


  • Required Education & Experience
    • Industry, trade, or A&P certified.
    • 2+ years of experience in mechanical assembly for aerospace applications.
    • Talented with mechanical assembly tools, pressure testing equipment and welding preparation.
    • Talented with electrical assembly tools, bench testing and measuring instruments.
    • Excellent time management and the able to work overtime and long hours if needed.
    • Eye for detail and a methodical, tidy and careful work ethic.
  •  Preferred Experience & Skills
    • 5+ years of industry experience in mechanical fitting.
    • Experience with in-space mechanical assemblies.
    • Knowledgeable in manufacturing processes and continued product development.

Important Information: To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.

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