Manufacturing Engineer - Composites, Auckland

Last update 2024-06-18
Expires 2024-07-18
ID #2002553021
Manufacturing Engineer - Composites, Auckland
New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland,
Modified January 21, 2024


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.
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About the role
The Composite Manufacturing Engineer enables the production team to achieve the required production rates with the right quality.
They are responsible for supporting all aspects of composite production at Rocket Lab. This is delivered by taking ownership of products released to production, removing production blockers, dispositioning non-conformance tickets, performing root-cause analysis, and implementing corrective actions.
This role is also responsible for the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of manufacturing processes and procedures relating to composite materials, leveraging their strong working knowledge of both the product and best-practice manufacturing techniques.
Manufacturing Engineers are also expected to work with the production team to develop manufacturing best practices, optimising processes for production, and implementing new processes through prototyping, test, and integration.
The role will also work closely with other Engineers, Technicians, and subject matter experts across a range of departments. The primary purpose of the Manufacturing Engineer is to support production activities within a high-growth production environment, ensuring manufacturing principles are practised to a high standard and ensuring stringent launch times can be achieved. This position will support the Composites Production and Manufacturing Engineering teams with their deliverables.
Regular activities of the manufacturing engineering team can be summed up as practical problem solving over a wide variety of systems and situations, so the ability to remain flexible while applying sound, risk-based engineering decision making is critical.
Note: The role requires a background in composite design or manufacturing environments

Essential skills
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, or related
Experience working as a Manufacturing / Production / Process / Quality Engineer or equivalent
Hands-on technical experience debugging complex systems within a manufacturing environment
Working experience with composite materials manufacturing and design techniques including prepreg and wet layup processes
Able to prioritize risk effectively and make risk/reward trade-off calls by leveraging engineering and production input to mitigate risk to both rocket and business
Proven ability to deliver with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
Can-do approach and flexibility to thrive around growing teams and processes
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Desired Skills
Experience with ERP/PLM Systems - Siemens Team Centre / Infor LN
Computer Aided Design experience, preferably with Siemens NX
Knowledge of production quality metrics
Proven delivery of composite mould and tooling materials, design and implementation
Hands-on technical experience debugging complex systems within a manufacturing environment
Can quickly analyse and resolve manufacturing discrepancies and non-conformances
Ability to lead problem containment and root cause/corrective action investigations and preventative action implementation
Identify and drive quality-related initiatives and improvements
Execute product improvements, including qualification and implementation activities
Develop production procedures and processes and ensure they are accurately and clearly documented to allow repeatable and reliable manufacturing
Knowledge with composite related material properties including resin systems, ablative materials, and sandwich structures
Experience with composite structure repair techniques and processes
Experience in manufacturing and assembly of composite structures into larger assemblies.
Demonstrated experience with DFMEA, PFMEA methodologies, Fault Tree Analysis, Pareto analysis, root cause and corrective action
Experience transitioning products from prototype to production
SPC knowledge and experience applying statistical methods to track process capability and performance
Computer Aided Design experience, preferably with Siemens NX
Rocket Lab Employee Benefits
The opportunity to work on innovative technology
An employee stock purchase program
Access to world leading experts to develop your career
Discounted health insurance with Southern Cross
Additional parental leave entitlements
A vibrant team culture with social activities throughout the year
If the above is aligned and you would like to know more

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Job details:

Job type: Full time
Contract type: Permanent
Salary type: Monthly
Occupation: Manufacturing engineer - composites

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