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Facilities Technician IV - Equipment Maintenance

Facilities Technician IV - Equipment Maintenance

companyRocket Lab
locationAlbuquerque, NM, USA
PublishedPublished: 4/23/2024
Full Time


Rocket Lab is a global leader in launch and space systems. The rockets and satellites we build and launch enable some of the most ambitious and vital space missions globally, supporting scientific exploration, Earth observation and missions to combat climate change, national security, and exciting new technology demonstrations. Our Electron rocket has provided reliable access to orbit since 2018, becoming one of the most frequently launched rockets in the world. Neutron will be our next rocket on the launch pad, an advanced 13-tonne payload class, reusable rocket to launch the mega constellations of the future. Our space systems business includes our extensive line of satellites and components that have enabled more than 1,700 missions including the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA Psyche Mission, Artemis I, Mars Ingenuity helicopter, and more.  

Join our pioneering team and launch your career to new heights!


Rocket Lab’s Space Systems team is responsible for every satellite and satellite component made by Rocket Lab: from complete satellites destined for missions to the Moon and Mars, to the individual components and subsystems that make up a satellite like solar panels, flight software, reaction wheels and star trackers, separation systems, radios, and more. Our Space Systems team is made up of engineers, technicians, and designers who design, create, and put together our own satellites for missions across the commercial, government, and defense sectors, or who build and assemble satellite hardware and software that supports other satellite missions.


Based at SolAero by Rocket Lab in Albuquerque, New Mexico the Facilities Technician IV is responsible for the maintenance, upkeep and troubleshooting of assigned semiconductor and composites manufacturing equipment to ensure that the equipment is running safely and efficiently to meet production objectives. Troubleshoots, maintains and ensures uptime on all applicable equipment. Perform preventive maintenance and repair/calibration of one or more key process equipment and systems. Work from technical manuals, specifications, drawings, schematics and verbal instructions.  Analyze equipment problems and suggest/implement repairs. Understands capacity of equipment and analyzes problems and suggests/implements repairs.  Understands and follows all safety and cleanroom procedures. Supports team members.  Assists in training others as required.  Identifies nonconformances when they occur and participates in finding the solution to the nonconformance. Deploys the Quality Management System as it applies to the scope of work. You will support the Facilities Manager and operations organization, with deliverables required for internal leadership, board of directors, and investors.


  • Service, maintain and troubleshoot equipment and manufacturing tools related to the function and operation of an aerospace composites and semiconductor plant and facility including gasses, chemicals, compressed air, water and waste streams. 
  • Troubleshoot and repair of manufacturing and support equipment and systems.
  • Works with engineers and managers to resolve issues or plan for acquiring/installing new equipment or systems.
  • Locate and order parts and materials.
  • Assumes leadership role in training and support of new technicians.
  • Maintain facility data collection requirements and procedures.
  • Identifies nonconformance when they occur and participates in finding the solution to the non-conformance.
  • Deploys the Quality Management System as it applies to the scope of work.
  • Supports Facilities shut down and projects off shift as scheduled by department management.
  • Serve as member of Emergency Response Team.


  • High school diploma
  • 8+ years of equipment maintenance experience in any of the following industries: aerospace, automotive, medical device, or a heavily regulated manufacturing facility.


  • Respirator experience – must be clean shaven
  • Forklift experience is a plus
  • Osha and/or safety training
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form.
  • Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of related experience in a semiconductor manufacturing environment, or a related trade.
  • Understanding of mechanical, electro-pneumatics, digital and analogue electronics, and working knowledge of Automated Building Controls is a plus.
  • Familiar with motor controls, compressed air and gas systems, and gas control systems is a plus.


  • Standing for long periods of time, climbing up and down ladders, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, and stretching may be required to perform the functions of this position 
  • Able to lift up to 25lbs. unassisted 
  • Must be able to climb ladders and be comfortable working in tight spaces. 
  • Must be able to move repetitively, bend or twist, and use hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls. 
  • Must be able to walk or stand for extended periods – 8 hours min 
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces  



We’re on a mission to unlock the potential of space to improve life on Earth, but that’s not an easy task. It takes hard work, determination, relentless innovation, teamwork, grit, and an unwavering commitment to achieving what others often deem impossible. Our people out-think, out-work and out-pace. We pride ourselves on having each other’s backs, checking our egos at the door, and rolling up our sleeves on all tasks big and small. We thrive under pressure, work to tight deadlines, and our focus is always on how we can deliver, rather than dwelling on the challenges that stand in the way.   

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 g.biow@rocketlabusa.com.This 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.