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Rocket Lab increasing team at Mahia to 30

Satellite launch company Rocket Lab is searching for “problem solvers” as it boosts staffing levels at its Mahia launch site in preparation for monthly launches.

A company spokeswoman said there were more than 20 Rocket Lab team members based in Mahia to support Launch Complex 1.

“Throughout this year we’re looking to expand the Launch Complex 1 team by up to 10 people, growing to a team of around 30 by the end of the year.

“The expanding team will support Rocket Lab’s accelerated launch cadence, enabling the company to launch up to 12 times in 2019.”

The current open roles listed on the rocketlabusa.com website include project engineer, launch technician, electrical technician and logistics assistant.

The roles at Launch Complex 1 span a variety of skills and areas, from preparing the Electron rocket itself to launch, through to managing the logistics of feeding, training, housing and transporting a busy and growing team.

Launch Complex 1 manager Chuck Dowdell said several qualities were key to being part of the local Rocket Lab team.

“The values we look for are integrity, courage, commitment and camaraderie. Our team is dedicated, driven and we focus on every detail of our work, understanding how each piece of the puzzle affects everyone else’s work. We’re looking for quick-thinking problem solvers who live by those values.”

Last year Rocket Lab put 24 mini satellites into orbit on Electron rockets launched from its site on Onenui Station.