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.
FLIGHT RELIABILITY ENGINEER, CREW CERTIFICATION
SpaceX is currently working hard to launch crew to space. A very important aspect of this effort is make sure we give the crew a safe and reliable ride. Making Falcon 9 the safest and most reliable rocket is a major aspect of the crew certification effort, and the F9 Crew team needs your help to make this happen in a time critical fashion- how we are going to close the effort in the months ahead as we prepare to fly crew. This is a leadership role, serving as a deputy to the F9 Crew Lead. The job also involves taking all the elements of process required to human rate the vehicle and establish the template for future efforts and streamline the process to get to crew flight readiness for post-certification flights. Eventually, the job can lead to
- Establish technical, cert and programmatic agreements related to Falcon 9 with the Commercial Crew Program and F9 Crew Certification
- Manage the F9 crew configuration - tracking verification burndown and schedule, what changes go into it, what are the risks that need to be mitigated, evaluation of hazard analyses and implementing the controls, and tracking the production status
- Extensively interface with NASA as a regular aspect of the job responsibilities: including program milestone negotiations, risk mitigation agreements, and technical boards
- Coordinate internally across all technical, reliability, mission management and operations disciplines and negotiate design trades, cut-in points for changes that are congruent with crew programmatic objectives
- Support the chief engineer function within flight reliability, with a particular focus on crew missions
- Within flight reliability, closely interact with the Systems Safety, Change Engineering and Human Certification teams to ensure products are in alignment and delivered on time to fly the first crew missions
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science
- 4 years of professional experience working in an engineering or operations discipline (avionics, structures, propulsion or launch) or experience in a reliability discipline or certification of vehicle systems or vehicles
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Ability to understand and explain complex systems
- Demonstrated leadership skills
- Experience running design reviews, coordinating across responsible engineers and technical areas
- Demonstrated ability to solve problems in a team setting, working across disciplines
- Technical background with an ability to delve into technical detail as required by the problem
- Proven experience engaging in discussions and negotiations with both SpaceX internal and customer stakeholders in SpaceX products
- Excellent communication skills
- Must be willing to travel to launch, test and customer sites as necessary to support work
- Must be willing to work long hours and weekends
- 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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