Build Reliability Engineer (Starship)



Texas, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2023

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.


The Build Reliability Engineer is the advocate for mission assurance at the launch site by promoting efficient and reliable operational processes. You will partner with Flight Reliability, Design, and Operations teams at SpaceX to ensure mission success as SpaceX marches towards manned spaceflight and Mars colonization. You will also have the opportunity to work on diverse projects within Starship.


  • Lead reliability initiatives covering improvements in system redundancy, fluid system documentation, pressure vessel maintenance, flight hardware interfaces, inspection, maintenance, and more
  • Make data-driven decisions to improve program processes and reduce risk enabling rapid, safe, and high-quality Stage 0 operations
  • Find smart solutions to the biggest problems by leading root cause and corrective action investigations
  • Interact with the various disciplines responsible for the development and build of Starship, Super Heavy Booster, and Stage 0 systems to ensure optimized process health
  • Identify high-risk processes and problems during vehicle processing, and proactively implement improvements to these processes to ensure operational excellence
  • Maintain a feedback loop to drive hardware inputs that enable a reliable and rapid launch cadence; using data to make the quality landscape transparent and drive prioritization of resolving high impact issues


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or STEM discipline
  • 2+ years of experience in quality, manufacturing, or design engineering role (student project team and/or internship experience is applicable)


  • Master’s degree in an engineering or technical discipline
  • Experience supporting production of complex electro-mechanical, mechanical or fluids systems in fast-paced work centers
  • Background experience in integrated multidisciplinary testing & automation (fluids & electrical)
  • 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), and various problem-solving approaches
  • Dedicated to adopting a Lean approach to quality without compromising safety or reliability


  • Available to work extended hours, nights, and weekends on a rotating basis
  • Flexibility to travel to other launch sites, up to 10%
  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral


Pay Range:
Build Reliability Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
Build Reliability Engineer/Level II: $110,000.00 - $130,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be 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.

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