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Sr. Flight Reliability Engineer

Sr. Flight Reliability Engineer

Texas Rocket Development & Test - Engineering

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.

Senior Flight Reliability Engineer


The Senior Flight Reliability Engineer’s primary responsibility is to review and certify the vehicle’s test and flight readiness, maintain safe a reliable practices during operations, and bridge operational and design challenges between test and launch.


  • Perform the duties of Launch/Test Chief Engineer by monitoring and assessing test or production anomalies for risk, and work with engineering to resolve issues leading up to test and launch. Review acceptance and qualification process and status of systems. Review and analyze critical component, stage and system tests.
  • Participate in Test Readiness activities including organizing data reviews, readiness reviews, and final verifications before major vehicle operations.
  • Assess changes to the vehicle and ground configuration and design modifications for cross-system impacts, including across launch and test sites.
  • Apply technical knowledge of SpaceX hardware and that gained from previous experience to influence safe vehicle and ground system operations, as well as long term design changes to increase system reliability, simplicity and commonality of operations across sites.
  • Interact with the engineering, production, test and launch teams from the planning stage all the way to launch for the purpose of reviewing the vehicle configuration and status.
  • Support test and launch operations- coordinate anomaly resolution when there is a need, and drive follow-up actions to avoid further mishaps.
  • Perform independent technical review and verification of flight hardware and/or software system functionality and reliability.
  • Perform post-test data analysis and review, and verify stages and engines have met all requirements of an acceptance test – i.e. will be tested equivalent to or beyond conditions expected in flight.
  • Acquire knowledge and master various SpaceX vehicle systems (hardware and analysis) to help perform these functions.
  • Work directly with design teams to develop new reliable hardware and software for operation of launch vehicles, spacecraft and ground systems from an operational perspective.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of science degree in engineering.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a design and test or operations role.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • General familiarity with the disciplines necessary for spacecraft flight including: Structures, Propulsion, Avionics, Guidance, Navigation & Control, Flight Software, Dynamics, Launch and Mission Operations, Systems Engineering and Integration. Practical experience in hardware development of these systems is highly desired.
  • Strong fundamentals in general engineering, physics and mathematics and data analysis skills.
  • Capable of solving complex problems on schedule as an individual or as a member or leader of a team. Comfortable seeking out information to solve problems and organize it in a manner that helps decision-making. A willingness to learn.
  • Strong analytical skills coupled with an excellent ability to communicate with engineers and technicians in all disciplines and at every level.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading or working on a multi-disciplinary engineering problem.
  • Ability to quickly grasp knowledge of a diverse range of hardware and analyses that go into making SpaceX missions reliable and successful.
  • Knowledge of programming languages such as MatLab, Python, C, C++, etc.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be willing to travel on occasion to support launch campaigns


  • 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.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

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