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 1,300 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.

Sinclair Interplanetary by Rocket Lab is currently seeking an Electrical Engineer or Senior Electrical Engineer in Toronto, Canada to support electrical production and R&D activities associated with reaction wheels and star trackers. The selected candidate’s activities will include designing, improving, expanding, debugging, and maintaining the electrical elements of products, processes, procedures, and facilities.  

What you’ll get to do:

Production Activities

  • Update electrical and motor designs for existing reaction wheel products
  • Debug electrical issues in production hardware and perform root cause analyses
  • Participate in failure investigations as necessary
  • Work with manufacturing engineers to generate and update work instructions associated with electrical components and subassemblies
  • Create and maintain electrical bills of materials for all products
  • Source kits of components for PCA builds and support the subcontracted assembly process
  • Support the electrical design and manufacture of PCA functional test equipment
  • Develop test procedures for electrical hardware and train technicians in the use of those procedures


R&D Activities

  • Design electrical systems for new and improved reaction wheel products
  • Develop camera and computer systems for next generation star trackers
  • As opportunities and needs arise, participate in electrical designs associated with spacecraft mission design being undertaken in the broader Rocket Lab organization
  • Support environmental qualification of new and updated electrical designs including thermal, thermal vacuum, and radiation testing

(This position can be hired as an Electrical Engineer or Senior Electrical engineer Level)

 

Qualifications you’ll bring as an Electrical Engineer:  

  • Knowledge of electrical design including at least five of the following:
    • Microcontrollers (ARM, 8051)
    • Switch mode power conversion
    • Three-phase motor drive
    • Analog signal conditioning
    • Serial Communications
    • Galvanic Isolation and Isolated data transmission
    • Radiation and Fault Tolerance
    • Thermal performance in vacuum
    • PCB layout including EMI and ESD mitigation
  • Knowledge of PCA performance verification test methods (flying probe, in-circuit test)
  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical or computer engineering, or related field
  • 2+ years of experience in electrical engineering

 

Qualification you’ll bring as a Senior Electrical Engineer:

  • Extensive knowledge of electrical design including the following:
    • Microcontrollers (ARM, 8051)
    • Switch mode power conversion
    • Three-phase motor drive
    • Analog signal conditioning
    • Serial Communications
    • Galvanic Isolation and Isolated data transmission
    • Radiation and Fault Tolerance
    • Thermal performance in vacuum
    • PCB layout including EMI and ESD mitigation
  • Extensive knowledge of PCA performance verification test methods (flying probe, in-circuit test)
  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical or computer engineering, or related field
  • 10+ years of experience in electrical engineering

 

These qualifications would be nice to have:

  • Experience with DC brushless motor design and analysis including stator/rotor design and magnet selection
  • Knowledge of Eagle CAD, SPICE, and Altium
  • Knowledge of electronics manufacturing processes (soldering, tin whisker mitigation, inspection, and rework)
  • Exposure to, or experience with, ERP systems
  • Familiarity with best practices for working with ESD-sensitive hardware
  • Familiarity with environmental testing (EMC, thermal, vibration, vacuum)
  • Highly organized and able to solve problems independently with strong attention to detail
  • Able to collaborate effectively (remotely and in-person) with team members having diverse skills sets and expertise
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

Important information:

FOR CANDIDATES SEEKING TO WORK IN US OFFICES ONLY:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S Department of State.

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.

 

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