Flight Reliability Engineer owns the risk for every mission we fly. This individual will be responsible for bringing the technical leadership required to make sure SpaceX flies vehicles safely and reliably as well as lead investigations, drive corrective actions (with the help of Build and Design Reliability) and ensure that the lessons learned are communicated to every applicable discipline.


  • Interact with the engineering, production, mission management teams from the planning stage all the way to launch for the purpose of reviewing the vehicle configuration and status.
  • Lead mission planning, timeline reviews coordinating inputs from teams, evaluating mission unique items.
  • Monitor and assess Test or Production anomalies for flight risk and work with engineering to resolve issues leading up to launch. Review acceptance and qualification process and status of systems. Review and analyze critical component and system tests.
  • Review and approve vehicle and ground system issue tickets, evaluate for risk and acceptability of flight.
  • Assess changes to the vehicle configuration and design modifications for cross-system impacts.
  • Run Flight Readiness activities including performing and organizing data reviews, readiness reviews before major launch vehicle operations.
  • Work towards the primary Chief Engineer role after training for the role. Participate in launch operations- coordinate anomaly resolution when there is a need, and follow-up actions to avoid further mishaps. This includes on console technical leadership, ability to think on your feet and coordinate and communicate.
  • Perform independent technical review and verification of flight hardware and/or software system functionality and reliability.
  • Perform post-test and flight data analysis and review and system assessment. Author and edit post-flight reports. Support or lead test or in-flight anomaly investigations.
  • Maintain a system level knowledge of Falcon 9, Dragon and Ground systems and work with design teams to drive improved verification and upgrades for improved reliability.
  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering, science or mathematical discipline.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in engineering role.


  • Knowledge and mastery in various SpaceX vehicle systems (hardware and analysis) - to help perform these functions, experience developing hardware, running multidisciplinary analyses requiring communication across groups for inputs, running tests or launch operations.
  • 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 projects.
  • Experience in launch vehicles, spacecraft or other aerospace systems.
  • 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 organizing it in a manner that helps decision-making.
  • Strong analytical skills coupled with an excellent ability to communicate with engineers 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++.
  • Background in electronics or avionics.


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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 the ITAR here

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