Reliability Engineer


Reliability Engineer

Redmond, WA
  • Responsibilities

    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.



    • Translate subsystem/component reliability requirements into performance metrics with testable targets.
    • Build reliability prediction models /Finite Element Models to evaluate product functional performance over mission life conditions and generate MTFF predictions at subsystems and system levels.
    • Use Physics-of-Failure based approach to develop and implement accelerated tests to mitigate risks and qualify designs
    • Apply Design of Experiments (DOE) methods to develop test plans to ensure product robustness and performance
    • Lead reliability test planning, methodology and execution.
    • Drive analysis processes for all failures discovered during reliability testing.
    • Make Reliability assessments of component/ subsystem designs, and influence manufacture / technology selections to ensure mission life reliability targets achieved
    • Analyze and model implementation options to inform electronics design for reliability, including:
      • Material selections; PCB laminates, features (vias, pad, stack up, etc.) specifications, finishes, Component attach; Solder chemistry, reflow profile Underfill selections
      • Component package selection, material, design, optimization
      • Assembly methods
      • Rework


    • MS in Reliability Engineering.
    • 2+ years of experience in design for high reliability space systems
    • 2+ years of work experience reliability modelling methods to predict product life, and statistical techniques to analyze test data.


    • Excellent Understanding of accelerated testing methods, governing equations, and physics of failure for different failure mechanisms
    • Experience facilitating FMEAs and leading cross functional teams in reliability analysis, prediction and correlation
    • Working knowledge of coding language, preferable Python
    • Adept in developing and analyzing reliability statistics, including Weibull Analysis
    • Accomplished with PCB Design Analysis capability (Sherlock or alternative)
    • Highly capable in probabilistic modeling techniques
      • Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis,
      • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA),
      • Reliability Block Diagram analysis (RBD),
      • Determination of MTFF
      • Single Event Upset / Multiple Bit Upset (SEU/MBU) analysis
      • Monte Carlo simulations for material, process, manufacturing, environment, usage variations
    • Experienced with life testing methods (HALT/HASS, ESS, ALT, RGT)
    • Areas of specialty interest for “Design for Reliability” as follows
      • Avionics electronics
      • Interconnects
      • RF systems
      • Mechanisms, Space Tribology
      • Power Systems (Batteries, Solar Arrays)
      • Thermal Management


    • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed


    • 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.

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