1+ months

Reliability Engineer (Starship)

Brownsville, TX 78520

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.


SpaceX is committed to developing revolutionary space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. The Starship Reliability Engineer based in Boca Chica, TX will support reliability in the development and scaled production of SpaceX's Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket (collectively referred to as Starship), a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and beyond. This role will require rapid troubleshooting, proposal and validation of design and manufacturing process changes, and implementation of novel solutions necessary to ensure the reliability of the next-generation propulsion and structural flight hardware on Starship. The Reliability Engineer will adopt a Lean approach to quality, implementing solutions to improve overall vehicle quality while enabling production flow and inspection efficiency. This individual will lead complex problem resolution and leverage data to provide system-level guidance to stakeholders in order to effectively prioritize improvements.

We are seeking an individual who is driven, adaptable, resourceful, scrappy, inquisitive, and eager to learn new things - all the while tackling tough problems. The reliability engineer will be responsible for learning the details and owning aspects of our designs and processes as they develop, and using that understanding to help SpaceX develop world-changing launch vehicles and spacecraft. If this sounds exciting, we want to hear from you!


  • Own the Starship reliability landscape, including leading product failure investigations, identifying and escalating product risks, and ensuring appropriate corrective actions are taken to prevent future problems.
  • Regularly communicate status of Starship quality, leading integrated product teams (design, build, and Operations) to identify and improve designs and processes.
  • Take initiative in problem solving, cost reductions, and process improvement measures for development hardware.
  • Partner with inspection team to improve inspection efficiency, optimize use of inspection points, and develop acceptance criteria to minimize part scrap while validating part reliability.
  • Identify, design, and build clever tooling, fixturing, inspection and automation solutions either directly or by working with other SpaceX resources.
  • Perform measurement system analysis (MSA, Gage R&R) to validate inspection systems used for acceptance of development hardware.
  • Support new product introduction (NPI) by providing feedback to design teams on manufacturability and leading new product/process validation activities.


  • Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, or engineering physics
  • 1+ years of professional hands-on experience with complex mechanical systems (student project team and/or internship experience is  applicable)


  • Travel to vendor and SpaceX launch/test sites as needed.
  • Intermittently able to work longer hours and weekends to support critical needs.


  • Master€™s degree in an engineering or technical discipline.
  • Knowledge of metallic manufacturing techniques, processes, and equipment related to machining, welding, drilling, and automation.
  • Experience with non-destructive evaluation methods.
  • Experience with process development from R&D to high-volume manufacturing.
  • Knowledge and application of statistics, especially process control and capability studies.
  • Knowledge of GD&T concepts and interpreting engineering drawings.
  • CAD experience (NX/Unigraphics preferred).
  • Personality and drive to execute in a scrappy entrepreneurial environment that operates under tight timelines and aggressive schedules.
  • Capable of interacting with and conveying concepts within all levels of our organization.
  • Effective written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of quality tools such as Lean principles, Six Sigma, root cause analysis and corrective action, advanced product quality planning (APQP), metrology, process failure mode and effects analysis (PFMEA), control plans, and various problem solving approaches.


  • 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.


Posted: 2020-06-04 Expires: 2020-10-01

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