Program Reliability Engineer

Hawthorne, CA, United States

Full Time
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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.


As Program Reliability Engineer, you will be responsible for critical hardware flight worthiness evaluation activities associated with current and future government customer spacecraft missions. You’ll work directly with the primary mission manager and engineering teams to ensure all customer requirements and concerns are met and addressed for launch.

In this role you will directly support the execution of flight worthiness assessments through all phases of launch vehicle build. You’ll be an advocate for our customer by acting as the point of contact to implement customer feedback and lessons learned to improve flight worthiness review execution and customer satisfaction.

In this position you will also represent the SpaceX Quality and Build Reliability org to our government customers and be responsible for assuring successful execution on our contractual deliverables for flight worthiness assessments on National Security Space missions. As the rate of government missions increases, the team's primary goal is to achieve maximum flight reliability confidence with minimum impact to the engineering community by implementing and executing plans to minimize review scope and increase confidence in SpaceX systems and processes.


  • Identify and develop process improvements to streamline and standardize flight worthiness assessments
  • Develop tools and approach to supporting multiple flight worthiness assessments with minimal impact to the engineering community
  • Serve as primary point of contact for planning and execution of flight worthiness assessments of government missions while working with multidisciplinary teams to answer technical questions and respond to information requests
  • Be the subject matter expert and primary point of contact for reliability and navigation related customer questions
  • Plan and generate technical content for the introductory brief portions of the flight worthiness assessments
  • Collaborate with government partners to drive change where necessary to improve efficiency of the execution of flight worthiness assessments
  • Drive PED tickets to closure and track program performance metrics, including white board items, request for information, and review item discrepancies
  • Plan, schedule, and staff customer factory tours for the process areas applicable to the hardware being reviewed


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or STEM discipline
  • 1+ years’ professional experience managing technical projects (internship and project team experience is applicable)


  • Experience working with external customers
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams
  • Hands-on professional experience with launch vehicle processing
  • Highly detail oriented, diligent, and hard working with excellent customer interface skills
  • Demonstrated competence in working with diverse personnel to resolve issues and short deadlines
  • Experience programming with SQL or Python


  • Must be willing to travel to other SpaceX offices, vendors, and customers as necessary (up to 25% travel)
  • Must be willing to work long hours and occasional weekends when necessary to support launch and critical project timelines
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg


  • 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

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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Job region(s): North America
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