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Quality Engineer II / Senior Quality Engineer - Avionics

Quality Engineer II / Senior Quality Engineer - Avionics

companyRocket Lab
locationLong Beach, CA, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Engineering
Full Time

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab is a vertically integrated provider of small launch services, satellites, and spacecraft components. Our mission is to open access to space to improve life on Earth. Our team is over 1,500 people strong and we’re adding to it every week. Collaboration is at our core – every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. Teams are nimble, decisions are made quickly, and we are action oriented.

SPACE SYSTEMS  

This is a rare opportunity to play a key role in Rocket Lab’s evolution into an end-to-end space company that delivers launch, spacecraft, and on-orbit operations. The Space Systems Division is shaping Rocket Lab’s future with Photon, our brand of high-performance satellites, enabling innovative missions in low Earth orbit and beyond including missions for NASA to LEO, the Moon, and Mars and commercial customers including leading the design and manufacture of 17 high power telecommunication spacecraft buses for Globalstar. 

Quality Engineer II / Senior Quality Engineer – Avionics 

Based out of Rocket Lab's Headquarters in Long Beach, CA the Quality Engineer II / Senior Quality Engineer – Avionics is responsible for managing and resolving quality issues and meeting strict delivery targets during development, production line commissioning, and continuous production. You will support the Quality Manager and Production organization, with deliverables required for internal leadership, board of directors, and investors.

The Quality Engineer II / Senior Quality Engineer - Avionics will also provide guidance and support on quality requirements to Rocket Lab Space Systems division through design, prototype, and development of a product line production plan for Photon satellite systems, subsystems, and components.

WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO:  

  • Develop and implement new Quality Control Processes and Standards.
  • Lead, facilitate, and participate in root cause investigations.
  • Ensure adherence to QMS policy and procedures within their work center.
  • Efficiently communicate status of evaluation and disposition to leadership.
  • Lead and coordinate management of non-conforming hardware, including ticket dispositions, analysis, and improvement projects.
  • Lead cost saving initiatives, especially related to product yield.
  • Contribute to design reviews to reduce quality defects and time lost due to non-conformances.

(This position can be hired as a Quality Engineer II or Senior Quality Engineer)

QUALIFICATIONS YOU’LL BRING AS A QUALITY ENGINEER II:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical, manufacturing, aerospace, industrial, material sciences engineering, or similar engineering discipline  
  • 2+ years of experience as a quality engineer in an avionics, electrical or electrical/mechanical focused manufacturing environment
  • Familiar with quality tools such as Lean principles, Six Sigma, Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Metrology, Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA), Control Plans, or various problem-solving approaches. 

QUALIFICATIONS YOU’LL BRING AS A SENIOR QUALITY ENGINEER:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical, manufacturing, aerospace, industrial, material sciences engineering, or similar engineering discipline  
  • 5+ years of experience as a quality engineer in an avionics, electrical or electrical/mechanical focused manufacturing environment
  • Hands-on quality and testing experience
  • Knowledge of quality tools such as Lean principles, Six Sigma, Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Metrology, Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA), Control Plans, or various problem-solving approaches. 

THESE QUALIFICATIONS WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE:  

  • GD&T Knowledge
  • Experience successfully designing, developing, and introducing new product(s) to production.
  • Proven track record of year-on-year product and process improvement activities.
  • Conducted both process and design failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA).
  • Track record of leveraging new technologies to develop real shop floor solutions.
  • Spacecraft and/or satellite manufacturing experience and testing highly desirable.
  • Experience supporting production of complex electro-mechanical, mechanical, or composites systems in high volume work centers and/or during production ramp-up.

Quality Engineer II: $90,000-$110,000

Senior Quality Engineer: $110,000-$130,000

The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the California Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience. 

In addition to base salary, Rocket Lab offers a comprehensive total compensation package based on individual qualifications and experience, which may include cash or equity incentives. Employees will also be eligible for medical, dental, vision coverage, 401(k) retirement plan options, and to purchase discounted stock through Rocket Lab's Employee Stock Purchase Program.

Base Pay Range (CA Only)$90,000—$130,000 USD

Important information:

FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN US OFFICES ONLY:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for the application/interview process for a job in the United States should contact Giulia Biow at g.biow@rocketlabusa.com.This dedicated resource is intended solely to assist job seekers with disabilities whose disability prevents them from being able to apply/interview. Only messages left for this purpose will be considered. A response to your request may take up to two business days.

FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN NEW ZEALAND OFFICES ONLY:

For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations. 

Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality.  For more information on these Regulations, click here ITAR Regulations.