Lead Recovery Engineer
Posted on 3/22/2024
Rocket Lab USA

1,001-5,000 employees

Provides reliable space launch services and spacecraft manufacturing
Company Overview
Rocket Lab, a comprehensive space company established in 2006, has a proven track record of mission success, offering reliable launch services, spacecraft components, and on-orbit management solutions. It stands out for its manufacturing of the Electron, the second most frequently launched U.S. rocket, and the Photon spacecraft platform, chosen for NASA missions to the Moon and Mars. With three launch pads at two sites, industry-leading flight software, and a commitment to cost-effective and efficient services, Rocket Lab is a leader in the space industry, making space access more affordable and faster.
Industrial & Manufacturing

Company Stage


Total Funding





Lakewood, California

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Long Beach, CA, USA • Bloxom, VA, USA
Experience Level
Mechanical Engineering
Design Engineering
Thermal and Fluid Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, naval, marine, electrical, systems or aerospace engineering, or related field
  • 5+ years professional experience designing, building, operating or maintaining complex mechanical, marine or electrical hardware
  • Experience successfully leading a team through a challenging technical project or program
  • 5+ years professional experience in Maritime or Aerospace field
  • Experience designing and building complex, multi-disciplinary systems including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, fluids, or marine systems
  • Experience leading teams of engineers to successful outcomes on challenging projects with tight timelines and budgets
  • Past work experience, internships, or projects related to aerospace vehicles/payloads, automotive, aircraft, or marine assemblies
  • Self-motivated and directed with keen attention to detail
  • Ongoing drive for continuous improvement in all aspects of work
  • Detail oriented, organized, and demonstrate a high sense of urgency
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, high stress and remote environments
  • Ability to work autonomously, prioritize work, and make resource allocation recommendations that involve risk and uncertainty
  • Guide a small team of engineers through the early stages of developing the Neutron Recovery program
  • Own critical Recovery system designs, analysis and other technical details as needed to support the objectives of the team
  • Serve as technical expert for marine system designs required for Neutron Recovery
  • Provide strategy on development plans including what hardware to build and how tests are performed in order to maximize the program's available resources towards meaningful progress on Neutron
  • Build and maintain relationships with key vendors and contractors as needed through the Recovery system lifecycle
  • Collaborate heavily with Rocket Lab Engineering teams to ensure all systems are operational to support Neutron Recovery
  • Support Recovery system fabrication and testing both remotely and onsite as needed at Wallops Island as well as other facilities