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Risk and Flight Reliability Engineer

Risk and Flight Reliability Engineer

Mission Assurance and Astronaut Safety

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


Risk and Flight Reliability Engineer

SpaceX has a strong belief that launch vehicles and spacecraft can be both cost effective and highly reliable.  Our Mission Assurance team is key to our pursuit of that goal and more specifically also our pursuit of manned spaceflight. The department works in a cross-functional fashion with all other technical teams on a variety of exciting projects, and has great exposure to leadership and the organization as a whole. 


  • The risk and flight reliability engineer will support the launch chief engineer function and be responsible for the SpaceX risk program for all company missions and projects including new development and internal research and development
  • The risk and reliability engineer will manage and develop the risk databases, facilitate risk identification, performing risk analysis, plan, track, and control risk mitigations, as well as facilitate communication between all departments within SpaceX
  • Work with multidisciplinary teams to develop and mature risk content and acceptance/closure rationale to ensure risks of all technical discipline are clearly communicated
  • Track risk mitigation execution across all departments in support of missions
  • Work with enterprise information system to improve and evolve risk database tools 
  • Interface with commercial and government customers on risk process, risk posture, and technical aspects of risks to spacecraft and mission objectives
  • Risk and Flight Reliability Engineer will ensure that results from studies are properly communicated, evaluated, and documented. This includes soliciting inputs from all relevant sources and technical teams within SpaceX, documenting these inputs and assumptions used in the model


  • Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering discipline
  • 3 years of experience in an engineering role


  • Experience in working in a multidisciplinary environment with engineers and scientists.
  • Ability to perform detail-oriented work with a high degree of accuracy
  • Knowledge of launch vehicle and spacecraft design and operations
  • Knowledge of risk management and project management concepts
  • Must possess strong initiative and problem solving skills with the ability to make oral and written arguments; and the ability to work independently as well as a member of an integrated project team with limited supervision
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
  • Strong work ethic and drive to succeed
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding start-up atmosphere
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal


  • Ability to work extended hours, weekends, and offsite as required
  • Some travel may be needed


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITAR here.


SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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