Sr. Design Reliability Engineer
Hawthorne, CA, United States
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.
SR. DESIGN RELIABILITY ENGINEER
The SpaceX engineering teams tackle space exploration’s toughest problems through the development of our reusable launch vehicles (Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, Starship) and spacecraft (Crew & Cargo Dragon). These vehicles are responsible for delivering satellites into orbit, crew and cargo to the ISS, and they will be instrumental in extending humanity’s reach to the moon, Mars and beyond.
The design criteria & reliability team is responsible for ensuring that flight hardware and concepts-of-operations lead to successful completion of missions while meeting or exceeding design requirements. We perform an industry-unique agile systems engineering role, including engineering reviews and facilitating cross disciplinary action and problem solving across all SpaceX programs and staff.
- Ensure that the SpaceX design process & design criteria/requirements are being followed for flight, launch, and/or recovery systems.
- Provide critical peer review and approval of hardware designs during design reviews, and of acceptance and qualification test campaigns.
- Develop design criteria, requirements, and verification approaches for new systems.
- Setup new processes to enable reliable aircraft-like operations of launch vehicles and spacecraft.
- Drive improvements to vehicle design by being closely integrated with hardware teams.
- Tailor requirements and verifications to meet program goals.
- Review vehicle changes to ensure qualification compliance.
- Perform final verification reviews for reuse hardware.
- Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline.
- 5+ years professional experience in an engineering role.
- Hardware experience performing fabrication, assembly, and/or testing - can be in a professional, academic, or recreational setting.
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Master's degree in an engineering discipline.
- Experience with aircraft, launch vehicles, spacecraft, or other aerospace systems.
- Experience with at least one commercial FEA package (NASTRAN, ABAQUS, or ANSYS).
- Hardware ownership on an award-winning engineering project or competition team (FSAE, Design-Build-Fly, NASA Student Launch, etc.)
- Experience with electromechanical system design, analysis, testing, and fabrication for use in high-performance or safety critical applications.
- Hands on experience with various industry standard manufacturing tools, techniques and processes, including mills, lathes, electronics assembly, composite layup, etc.
- Experience with material selection and make vs. buy decisions for system components.
- Scripting and data analysis experience using Visual Basic, Matlab, Python and Excel.
- Must be available to work long hours and weekends as necessary.
- 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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