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Senior Structural Analyst

Senior Structural Analyst

companyRocket Lab
locationAuckland, New Zealand
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023

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.

While other companies talk about it, we do it! About the role
Rocket Lab’s Analysis Team uses first principles physics, modelling, simulation, and data analysis to solve challenging problems involving structures, dynamics, fluid flow, and thermodynamics. As a Senior Structural Analyst, you will contribute to the analysis, design validation, and future improvements of Rocket Lab’s suite of Launch Vehicles, Space Systems, and Space Components through analysis. Day to day, you will be expected to review flight data, define loads and environments, perform detailed simulations and physics-based analysis, guide design, and help validate analysis, design, and system performance through test. Scope of work may additionally extend to supporting launch and test ground systems, propulsion development, launch operations, customer interaction, and establishing technical methodology.

Essential skills
  • A degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering or similar field
  • 5+ years industry experience, ideally from the Aerospace, Automotive, or Marine industries
  • A keen physics-based approach to problem solving
  • Expert knowledge of structural mechanics
  • Experience in analyzing composite materials (CLT, modelling, failure mechanisms, joining, etc.)
  • Familiar with composite material manufacturing process
  • Demonstrated expertise with one or more industry standard structural FEA packages: ANSYS, Nastran, Abaqus, Optistruct/Hyperworks
  • Experience using NX CAD and Teamcenter packages (or comparable industry standard packages) with emphasis on model interrogation and defeaturing for subsequent analyses
  • Familiarity with manufacturing processes, including conventional machining, and additive manufacturing
  • Experience with accurate prediction of component life and structural margins, including:
    • Ductile metal failure
    • Fatigue
    • Fracture
  • Expertise in vibroacoustic modelling and analysis
  • Experience with sensor selection and data post-processing/ interpretation (accelerometers, strain gauges, thermocouples etc.)
  • Experience with static and dynamic structural test methods, including:
    • Modal correlation
    • Random vibration
    • Sine burst
    • Equivalent sine input
    • Force notching
    • Shock
    • Fixture evaluation
  • Expertise with engineering programming, especially in Python
  • Demonstrated experience with project and program management, including setting and meeting requirements, establishing and keeping schedule, interfacing across teams and disciplines, leading reviews, and communicating to executives and customers
  • Comfort executing to changing deadlines within a high pressure environment
  • Comfort working independently and in a team
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues and engineering professionals

Rocket Lab Employee Benefits

  • The opportunity to work on innovative and ground breaking technology
  • An employee stock purchase program
  • Access to world leading experts to develop your career
  • Unlimited barista coffee, fruit and snacks
  • Rocket Lab merchandise – T-shirts, mission patches etc.
  • Discounted health insurance with Southern Cross
  • Additional parental leave entitlements
  • A vibrant team culture with social activities throughout the year

If the above sounds like you, apply now!

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.