SpaceX is hiring a

System Safety Engineer

Hawthorne, United States

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.


Systems Engineer



  • SpaceX is seeking a systems engineer to join our Flight Reliability team to help analyze the Falcon 9, Dragon, and Launch system designs and operations for potential failure modes. The goal of this analysis is to ensure the systems are robust to failures and can complete the mission successfully, whether that mission is launching a satellite or sending humans to space.



  • Work with Responsible Engineers to ensure potential failure modes are identified, risks are properly assessed, failure preventative measures are included in the design of hardware and/or software to eliminate or minimize risks, and any residual risks are accepted. 
  • Perform integrated analyses across the complete system including the system interfaces to design NASA human certified hardware.
  • Complete engineering analyses of systems to identify mission ending failures and safety hazards and work with the appropriate Responsible Engineers to eliminate and/or control the hazards.
  • Analyze the safety and reliability of system designs, upgrades, and operation procedures and rules.
  • Analyze and review historical data, system designs, interfaces, environments and other relevant system data to identify the potential for catastrophic events or risk and take measures to mitigate such events and risk.
  • Perform integration of requirements and interfaces across all systems of a spacecraft to meet all customer requirements and track associated verification events.
  • Interact with external certifying organizations to obtain approvals, risk acceptance, and waivers as required.
  • Support real-time operations of Falcon launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft operations in the SpaceX Mission Control Center.
  • Perform root cause analysis as required for anomalies in test and in flight.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering discipline or Physics.
  • Minimum 1 year experience in system engineering, system safety, or integration experience.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • General familiarity with the disciplines necessary for launch vehicle and spacecraft flight including: Propulsion, Avionics, GN&C, Flight Software, Mission Operations, Systems Engineering, and Integration.
  • Capable of solving complex problems on schedule as an individual or as a member or leader of a team.
  • Familiarity of launch vehicle or spacecraft requirements and approaches to safety and failure tolerance.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work across all departments. 


Additional Requirements:

  • Must be willing to travel


ITAR Requirements:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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 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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