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Stratolaunch, LLC Sr. Systems Safety Engineer in Mojave, California

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is a technology accelerator that engineers operationally realistic testing at Mach 5+. Our air-launched, Talon testbeds are reusable, cost-effective platforms that enable routine access to the hypersonic environment. We deliver flight data critical to validating system performance and achieving rapid technology deployment. Together with our customers, we drive innovations that are imperative to advancing national security

To achieve these great efforts, Stratolaunch needs a Sr. Systems Safety Engineer to evaluate the hazards and safety of the Stratolaunch architecture. This position will work with our Engineering and Operations team for both the carrier aircraft and existing and new-development launch vehicles. This position will be based at our facility in Mojave, CA.

In this role, the selected candidate will lead the refinement and implementation of Stratolaunch’s system safety processes. In addition, core responsibilities will include contributing to the design and development of aerospace vehicles and processes from a safety perspective, documenting various system safety analyses, building and maintaining Stratolaunch’s Hazard Database, and assisting with safety-related requirements management. This candidate must be comfortable working in a flight test environment. This position directly reports to our Principal Systems Safety Engineer. Candidates must have a strong engineering education background, a desire to work in aviation and aerospace safety, and excellent writing skills.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Analyze technical data with interpretation for application to safety assessments

  • Perform FTAs, FMEAs, and other safety analyses on developmental systems

  • Author, review and update safety-related portions of all documentation

  • Author, review and monitor Safety Derived Requirements

  • Participate in the risk & change management processes for Stratolaunch

  • Review and update safety-related portions of all documentation

  • Document risks and risk mitigation plans, and track risk changes over time

  • Communicate regularly/comprehensively to the Principal Systems Safety Engineer and Vice President of Safety

  • Travel, as needed, to support the department


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to learn to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made by Stratolaunch to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Strong communication skills

  • Knowledge of aerospace safety processes, (e.g. Hazards analysis, FMEAs, critical items list, and operational procedures evaluation)

  • Knowledge of fundamental aerospace safety processes, skilled at creating fault trees, functional hazard analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, probabilistic risk analysis, reliability, and system safety analysis

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Facilitation skills and ability to communicate effectively to varied audiences to gain support or resolve concerns

  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities


  • Knowledge of statistics and basic reliability theory

  • Knowledge of Ec safety analysis

Required computer skills

  • Familiarity in a Reliability Software Suite (e.g. Windchill, Isograph, NPRD)


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) in engineering field from accredited institution

  • 5+ years of experience in aerospace system safety fields

Special remarks regarding work environment

  • Travel estimated to be less than 10%

  • Position is based in Mojave, CA

Benefits and our location:

  • Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA

  • 9/80 schedule

  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)

  • Paid Maternity and Parental Leave up to 16 weeks

  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan up to the IRS annual limit

  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education

Mojave Air & Spaceport is located 95 miles north of Los Angeles. To outsiders it may seem like it is the middle-of-nowhere, but it offers both affordability and central access to a variety of California’s best attractions and landmarks. Hikers will find themselves within a 2-3 hours distance of some of the best state and national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skiers will delight in being closely distanced to world-class resorts at Mammoth Mountain, Mountain High, and Big Bear. Beachgoers can find plenty of sand, sun, and sunsets at both Southern and Central California beaches like Ventura, Huntington, Santa Monica, and Pismo. The area also offers plenty of rural area for off-roading and horseback riding enthusiasts.

Not much for the outdoors and prefer the city life? You’re within a half day’s drive or less of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco where you can find a variety of live entertainment, museums, tours, and historical sight-seeing. Theme parks are in abundance, with Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm ready to meet the needs of rollercoaster thrill seekers.

Food and drink fanatics are in a haven of delectable choices. Wine aficionados will also find easy access to some of the state’s best vino in Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, and even more locally in Tehachapi and Agua Dulce. Beer fanatics will find some of the best West Coast IPAs at Bravery and Lucky Luke’s in Lancaster. Any food option you crave is covered, and we always recommend the authentic and fresh Mexican food that you won’t find anywhere else in the United States.

Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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