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Flight Reliability Engineer, System Safety (Starship)



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2024

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.


The Starship Flight Reliability Engineer specializing in System Safety has the primary responsibility to develop safety and reliability models and analyses for various Starship and Super Heavy systems and communicate results to company engineers, managers, and external certification agencies. This individual will work with design teams, build teams, and operations teams to ensure reliability and safety for these vehicles. Various projects will be assigned that will help improve reliability, ensure safety, and reduce risks to the program and vehicles.


  • Produce and own qualitative and quantitative reliability analyses using FMEA/FMECA, fault tree assessment, hazard analyses, statistical analyses, and probabilistic risk assessments
  • Present results of system safety analyses to external parties including FAA licensing individuals and NASA
  • Drive actions and findings to completion
  • Use internal SpaceX tracking systems to verify technical readiness and currency of owned analyses
  • Clearly communicate technical risks to the executive leadership team
  • Support anomaly investigations as needed via use of tools such as fault trees, fishbones, and 5 whys
  • Influence and drive the implementation of processes and tools to an appropriate balance for the Starship program, including risk, change, and mission workflow
  • Run projects or tool improvements to help the starship program better manage and understand technical risk
  • Support regulatory and customer reviews as needed
  • Support cross-functional technical reviews for hardware and procedures


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years of experience in reliability and/or system safety (internships and project teams qualify)


  • Master’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 3+ years of professional experience in an aerospace engineering field (design, analysis, or test at the large assembly or system level)
  • Experience using SAPHIRE and Minitab for probabilistic risk analysis
  • Experience using VB, Python, and SQL for scripting and data analysis
  • Experience with system trades and first-hand knowledge of how requirements tie hardware to larger systems
  • Experience with NX or similar CAD design software
  • Experience interpreting schematics and diagrams from multiple disciplines
  • Experience with FAA/NASA certification processes


  • Travel to SpaceX sites to support test and launch operations SpaceX as needed
  • Available to work long hours and weekends as needed based on test and launch schedules


Pay range:

Flight Reliability Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year

Flight Reliability Engineer/Level II: $110,000.00 - $130,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the 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.