Rocket Lab


Long Beach, California, United States



Lead Integrated Avionics Engineer

About The Role

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.


Neutron is a medium lift launch vehicle capable of delivering the mega constellations of tomorrow, high assurance payloads, and human spaceflight. As a highly reusable launch platform, Neutron will deliver a highly cost-effective and reliable launch solution leveraging Rocket Lab’s proven execution history with the Electron program. If you’re interested in joining a high performing team, pushing the boundaries with clean sheet development of a reusable liquid launch vehicle, this is your opportunity! 


Based out of Rocket Lab’s global headquarters in Long Beach, the Lead Integrated Avionics Engineer is responsible for leading the Neutron Integrated Avionics (US) team in supporting the development, integration, and testing of avionics systems on the Neutron launch vehicle through first flight and beyond. This new team will also play a crucial role in the successful transition of Neutron from a development program to an operational vehicle. 


  • Work across multiple avionics domains including Electrical Power Systems, Flight Computers, Networking, Harnessing, Remote I/O Interfaces, Flight Termination, Data Acquisition, Sensing, Actuation, and Control 
  • Work closely with other Neutron technical teams and stakeholders across multiple sites, including counterpart avionics teams in New Zealand 
  • Provide direct avionics design and testing support to the US-based propulsion and fluids systems teams in meeting their subsystem avionics requirements 
  • Work with manufacturing engineers to facilitate the production and testing of new and existing avionics components for Neutron 
  • Create and implement plans and frameworks for the transfer of people, information, and hardware across borders 
  • Plan and execute launch vehicle avionics integration activities 
  • Lead, mentor, and train a team of Avionics Engineers at all levels 
  • Support, and at times lead, launch vehicle integrated avionics troubleshooting activities 
  • Support, and at times lead, the transition of new avionics subsystems to pad operations 
  • Contribute to the development of engineering and business processes, including engineering and test processes, as well as other business processes to support Rocket Lab growth and capability 
  • Contribute to the development of engineering best practice areas such as test, design for manufacture and engineering change 

 YOU’LL BRING THESE QUALIFICATIONS (Note: you must meet every qualification in order to be considered): 

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, or other technical degree
  • 5+ years of experience with avionics hardware development and/or the integration and testing of electrical systems 
  • Understanding of electrical test equipment, test procedures, data acquisition systems, and instrumentation 


  • Master’s or PhD in electrical engineering, or other technical degree
  • Understanding of designing hardware from concept through production 
  • Hands-on experience with launch vehicle avionics systems 
  • Understanding of Systems Engineering methodologies
  • Experience in launch vehicle operations 
  • Project/program management skills 
  • Previous management or leadership experience 

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)
$135,000$160,000 USD

Important information:


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 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 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.