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Flight Reliability Engineer (Regulatory Affairs)

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 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.


This Flight Reliability Engineer role supports the flight reliability group in regulatory affairs and focuses on demonstrating compliance with the requirements of various governmental agencies. The role involves working with SpaceX engineers across various engineering disciplines on diverse issues, as well as frequent engagement with commercial space, airspace, and maritime regulators. The role will also include the opportunity to support efforts within the flight reliability department, which oversees each SpaceX mission and drives continuous improvement by incorporating lessons learned from previous flights.


  • Support interactions with offices within the FAA, DoD, NASA, USCG, and other agencies regarding existing licenses, new applications, and compliance matters
  • Prepare, track, and transmit mission-specific deliverables as well as licensing and permitting materials to the relevant regulatory entity
  • Assist with the regulatory compliance and certification function within Flight Reliability, with a particular focus on upcoming Starship program milestones
  • Create, coordinate, and organize information across technical, reliability, mission management, and operations disciplines within SpaceX
  • Within Flight Reliability, closely interact with the System Safety, Change Engineering, Trajectory Analysis, and Chief Engineering teams to ensure that licensing materials are accurate and timely
  • Participate in pre-flight readiness reviews during launch campaigns to verify that pre-flight risks are mitigated appropriately, launch site issues are dispositioned and verified, and critical pre-flight testing and review activities are completed


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of experience in a manufacturing, design, or test engineering role (internships and project experience is applicable)


  • Master's degree in an engineering, physical science, or space policy discipline
  • Systems engineering or system safety engineering education and experience highly preferred
  • Project management skills, including organizing information, concisely communicating within a team and excellent time management abilities
  • Experience with multi-system engineering design
  • Experience coordinating across responsible engineers and technical areas
  • Able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment, including frequent interactions with other engineers, managers, and U.S. Government agencies
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, and the ability to succinctly present information and assessments
  • General familiarity with the disciplines necessary for spacecraft flight including: structures; propulsion; avionics; guidance, navigation & control; flight software; dynamics; launch and mission operations; systems engineering; and integration
  • Highly self-motivated with strong organizational skills – able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment with ongoing drive for continuous improvement in all aspects of work
  • Ability to quickly grasp knowledge of a diverse range of hardware and analyses that go into making SpaceX missions reliable and successful
  • Project management skills, including organizing information, concisely communicating within a team and excellent time management abilities


  • Ability to travel (up to 25%)
  • Ability to work extended hours and weekends, as needed


Pay range:
Flight Reliability Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
Flight 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 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.