Principal Spacecraft Systems Engineer
Posted on 1/31/2024
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
Hardware
Aerospace

Company Stage

Series E

Total Funding

$1.2B

Founded

2006

Headquarters

Lakewood, California

Growth & Insights
Headcount

6 month growth

9%

1 year growth

31%

2 year growth

103%
Locations
Long Beach, CA, USA
Experience Level
Entry
Junior
Mid
Senior
Expert
Desired Skills
Python
MATLAB
CategoriesNew
Aerospace Engineering
Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (software, computer, electrical, aerospace, mechanical, or other technical engineering discipline)
  • 12+ years of engineering experience in the aerospace industry
  • Experience supporting satellite and/or spacecraft development programs
Responsibilities
  • Develop and maintain technical budgets for vehicle performance
  • Lead and own technical development of spacecraft missions
  • Assist with program and product management
  • Develop interface specifications, CONOPS definition, and other design documents
Desired Qualifications
  • Master’s or PhD in engineering (software, computer, electrical, aerospace, mechanical, or other technical engineering discipline)
  • Understanding of key spacecraft subsystems and their associated components
  • Thorough understanding of the space environment, orbital mechanics, and rigid body dynamics
  • Experience with MATLAB, Python, and STK
  • Experience with requirement management tools such as JAMA or DOORS
  • Experience with satellite operations
  • Experience with testing electrical subsystems and assemblies, thermal vacuum or random vibration, and hardware-in-the loop (HITL) testing
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment with competing priorities