Mechanical Process Safety Engineer



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2024

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.


As part of the SpaceX Environmental Health & Safety team, you will be the owner of all company-wide safe work processes related to the design, build, testing, and utilization of pressurized fluid and gas systems at all SpaceX sites. This position will be responsible for ensuring that safe work practices are integrated into all aspects of the SpaceX workplace.


  • Serve as the company’s subject matter expert for safe work practices related to testing fluid and gas systems across all SpaceX sites
  • Review component and system designs to ensure testing and handling can be accomplished safely
  • Conduct on-site reviews of pressurized systems to identify and correct risks to people, operations, or property
  • Lead root cause investigations into significant events within the field of expertise
  • Implement and develop safety programs including but not limited to:
    • OSHA process safety management
    • Cryogenics storage, processing, handling
  • Work closely with test engineers and technician teams to perform detailed safety reviews of complex hazardous operations to ensure safe execution.
  • Develop and maintain compliance with all applicable regulations and/or guidelines established by OSHA, NFPA, ASME, and other applicable regulatory agencies
  • Collaborate with EHS teams to complete job hazard assessments and implement health and safety policies and procedures related to fluid systems
  • Develop and implement solutions that resolve pressurized system risks
  • Ensure best-practices across SpaceX locations and teams


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3+ years of professional experience implementing safe work practices related to the design, build, and test of fluid and gas systems


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline with an emphasis in occupational health and safety and/or environmental engineering
  • Experience in both environmental and safety fields
  • Extensive knowledge of process safety management methods, pressure systems, and chemical delivery systems is highly preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to research and apply the best engineering practices to provide effective process safety solutions
  • Strong knowledge and experience in interpreting, applying, and documenting federal, state, and local safety regulations
  • Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook)
  • Strong organizational and communication skills


  • This is not a remote or hybrid position and will require relocation if not already local to the Hawthorne, CA area
  • Position occasionally requires the ability to work extended hours and weekends when needed


Pay range:
Environmental Health & Safety Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
Environmental Health & Safety 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 and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and 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.

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.