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Build Reliability Engineer
⚙️ Really an Engineer ⚙️

SpaceX is hiring a
Build Reliability Engineer

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.


Starlink is SpaceX’s ambitious goal to bring high quality internet to the globe by building a constellation of thousands of satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) using our Falcon 9 reusable rockets. We are developing millions of devices for end users to link our customers to our satellites. As a Build Reliability Engineer on the Starlink team, you will be responsible for ensuring reliability and quality of the product through design, manufacturing, test, and end-use. You have the ability to dive deep into the details to identify, understand and solve difficult technical problems. You thrive in a hands-on environment and will spend time in the office, on the factory floor, and in the lab to connect the unconnected.


  • Develop and implement process control strategies for the product and its subcomponents to maximize field life and minimize early life failures while enabling early detection of potential defects.
  • Write data analysis programs to exercise data collection over the various production processes with minimal impact to production.
  • Execute projects to reduce cycle time and improve reliability, working closely with all engineering disciplines.
  • Investigate failures in production to identify and mitigate the immediate and underlying root causes in order to reduce risk and improve reliability of designs and processes.
  • Create process validation plans and protocols, sampling plans, production procedures, and process development reports, as well as documentation pertaining to process development, qualification, and validation to meet regulatory requirements.
  • Collaborate with multiple engineering disciplines and production to maximize reliability across all areas.
  • Define the ongoing reliability testing strategy to monitor the manufacturing process health and screen for long term reliability defects caused by process and component variability.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or physics.
  • 1+ years in a manufacturing, quality and/or design engineering role (student project team or internship experience qualifies).


  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills, enthusiasm for the team’s spirit of innovation and mission of improving reliability in cutting-edge technology.
  • Programming experience in Python, C or SQL with an emphasis on data analysis and automation.
  • Proven success with instituting statistical process control and conducting design of experiments to understand process dependencies in high volume production environments.
  • Demonstrated capability to think creatively and solve complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team.
  • Master’s degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, materials engineering, or electrical engineering.
  • Knowledge of quality tools such as Lean principles, measurement systems analysis, design of experiments, statistical process control, root cause analysis and corrective action, process failure mode and effects analysis (PFMEA), control plans, and various problem-solving approaches.
  • Experience in a fast-paced, iterative design environment within the consumer electronics, mobile handset, medical devices, marine, aerospace, or automotive industries.
  • Interested in moving to Austin, TX.


  • Ability to work extended hours, weekends, and offsite as needed.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% time if not located in Austin, TX.

Compensation and Benefits:    
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 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 space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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 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.

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