Flight Reliability Engineer (Regulatory Affairs)

Hawthorne, CA, United States

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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.


This role supports the flight reliability group in regulatory affairs and focuses on demonstrating compliance with the requirements of various governmental agencies, specifically using probabilistic assessments and automated processes to demonstrate hazard control to the public. The role involves working with SpaceX engineers across various engineering disciplines on diverse issues, as well as frequent engagement with commercial space regulators. The role will also include the opportunity to support efforts within the flight reliability department, which oversees each SpaceX mission and drives continuous improvement by incorporating lessons learned from previous flights.


  • Support interactions with offices within the FAA and other agencies regarding existing licenses, new applications, and compliance matters
  • Synthesize information across technical groups within SpaceX, including design, reliability, risk, mission management, and operations disciplines
  • Assist with the regulatory compliance and certification function within flight reliability, with a particular focus on Starship program milestones
  • Work through system safety processes such as hazard reports, failure modes and effect analysis, fault tree, etc.
  • Prepare and submit mission-specific deliverables as well as licensing and permitting materials to the relevant regulatory entity
  • Within flight reliability, closely interact with the system safety, change engineering, risk tracking, trajectory analysis, and chief engineering teams to ensure that licensing materials are accurate and timely
  • Participate in pre-flight readiness reviews during launch campaigns to verify that pre-flight risks are mitigated appropriately, launch site issues are dispositioned and verified, and critical pre-flight testing and review activities are completed


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline, physics, statistics or math
  • Professional, internship, or project experience in a multidisciplinary role (i.e. engineering roles in manufacturing, integration, reliability, technical program management, or operations)


  • Project management skills, including organizing information, concisely communicating within a team and excellent time management abilities
  • 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
  • Systems engineering or system safety engineering education and experience
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, and the ability to succinctly present information and assessments
  • Experience with multi-system engineering design
  • Experience coordinating across responsible engineers and technical areas
  • Able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment, including frequent interactions with other engineers, managers, and U.S. Government agencies
  • Highly self-motivated with strong organizational skills – able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment with ongoing drive for continuous improvement in all aspects of work
  • Ability to quickly grasp knowledge of a diverse range of hardware and analyses that go into making SpaceX missions reliable and successful


  • Ability to travel to SpaceX Brownsville, TX site (up to 30%)
  • Ability to work extended hours and weekends, as needed


  • 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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