Human Landing System (HLS) Design 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.


After 50 years, humankind will once again return to surface of the moon using SpaceX’s new vehicle, the Human Landing System (HLS) – this time for good. Leveraging the lessons learned from our flight proven Dragon spacecraft, Falcon and now Starship, HLS will usher in the next era of manned spaceflight and exploration, ultimately allowing us to establish permanent communities on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

The HLS Design Reliability team is responsible for ensuring that flight hardware and concepts-of-operations lead to successful completion of missions while meeting or exceeding both internal and external design requirements. We perform an industry-unique agile systems engineering role, including engineering reviews, facilitating cross disciplinary action and problem solving, and customer-focused certification efforts across all HLS Starship systems.


  • Develop design criteria, requirements, and verification approaches for new systems
  • Ensure that the SpaceX design process & design criteria/requirements are being followed for flight, launch, and/or recovery systems, including:
    • Providing critical peer review and approval of hardware designs during design reviews, and of acceptance and qualification test campaigns
    • Driving improvements to vehicle design by being closely integrated with hardware teams
    • Performing final verification reviews for reuse hardware
  • Ensure that the customer design criteria/requirements are addressed for flight systems, including:
    • Leading spacecraft certification efforts through direct interaction with U.S. Government customers
    • Tailoring and negotiating requirements and verifications to meet program goals
    • Reviewing vehicle changes to ensure qualification compliance


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, engineering, math, or science discipline
  • 2+ years professional experience in an engineering role
  • Hardware experience performing engineering, fabrication, assembly, or testing in a professional, academic, or recreational setting


  • Master's degree in computer science, engineering, math, or science discipline
  • Experience with aircraft, launch vehicles, spacecraft, or other aerospace systems
  • Knowledge of aircraft, launch vehicle, or spacecraft requirements and standards
  • Experience with standards and requirement negotiation
  • Excellent customer interface skills
  • Experience with at least one commercial FEA package (NASTRAN, ABAQUS, or ANSYS)
  • Hands on experience with various industry standard manufacturing tools, techniques and processes i.e. mills, lathes, electronics assembly, composite layup
  • 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.  

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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