Propulsion CNC Operator

Job Ref: 2464468 | Type: Permanent / Full Time

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About The Role

As a Propulsion CNC Operator for Rocket Lab you will be working on the Rutherford rocket engine. The engine is a regeneratively cooled pump fed rocket engine with LOx and kerosene propellants. It is the primary propulsion system of Electron and is manufactured using state of the art production techniques.


All major components on the engine are printed and post machined or are machined from raw materials. We need your expertise to run the machining centres for the post machining of these components. The machining operations are critical to successful operation of the engines. Experience and a good eye for detail is required to meet the necessary quality requirements. If you want to make parts that fly to space this is the role for you.


Minimum Requirements for Propulsion CNC Operator

  • Trade Qualified
  • 4+ years CNC operating experience
  • A very high attention to detail and meticulous
  • Self-initiative and enthusiastic in delivering high quality work efficiently
  • Excellent time management and able to work overtime and long hours if needed
  • The ability to take a flexible approach and to adapt to change quickly


Desired Requirements for Propulsion CNC Operator

  • Experience with metal additive manufacturing
  • Experience with Inconel and titanium machining
  • Experience with Solidworks
  • Experience with GibbsCAM



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.


Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.




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.

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