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Reliability Engineer (Entry Level)

Axiom Space

Axiom Space

Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2024

OVERVIEW: Axiom Space is building for Low Earth Orbit and Beyond, guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leading provider of human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom Space operates end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while developing its successor, Axiom Station – a permanent commercial destination in low-Earth orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home.

Axiom Space fosters a diverse environment inclusive of all perspectives. We are the pioneers of commercial space, leading the transformation of low-Earth orbit into a global space marketplace. Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Reliability Engineer who is fueled by problem-solving, continuously curious, and driven to understand our world, science/technology, and life itself, for the benefit of all on Earth and beyond.


  • Plan and implement reliability engineering strategy, including implementation practices and processes.
  • Establish reliability requirements and reliability program growth strategy for on-orbit component failures throughout the life of the station.
  • Conduct detailed system, assembly, and component level Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) along with criticality analysis
  • Develop and apply data analysis techniques for mechanical and electrical designs, including statistical process control, reliability modeling and prediction
  • Generate reliability predictions, such as Mean Time between Failures (MTBF) and Mean Time to Failure (MTTF), for new product designs through analysis or accelerated aging tests.
  • Experience in performing Fault Tree Analysis, Reliability Block Diagrams (RBD) and Functional Block Diagrams (FBD)
  • Collaborate with all engineering system and subsystem teams to implement integrated reliability analyses.
  • Support design reviews and test activities as required.
  • Generate reliability predictions, such as Mean Time between Failures (MTBF) and Mean Time to Failure (MTTF) to develop strategies for maintenance and logistics support.
  • Collaborate with technical engineers to identify critical items of the system for implementing a strategy for verification and ensuring a safe and reliable system
  • Collaborate with all engineering system and subsystem teams to implement integrated reliability analyses.
  • Prepare technical documentation and presentations for peers, management, and external customers and partners.
  • Perform other systems engineering tasks as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

“This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.”

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering (aerospace, electrical, mechanical, or related discipline).
  • 4-6 years of direct experience in spacecraft reliability-focused activities, including statistical process control, modeling/prediction.
  • Related experience in the reliability predictions for new designs of spacecraft, space vehicles, and their related components and systems is desired.
  • Experience in analyzing and processing flight hardware failure data to calculate or refine product reliability metrics and recommend improvement measures.
  • A broad background in space systems engineering including an understanding of space vehicle design, space system architecture development, ground systems support, payloads, and space missions and operations development.
  • Detailed knowledge of spaceflight subsystems and functions, preferably human spaceflight related.
  • Experience with NASA human spaceflight programs is desired.
  • Effective in working in a start-up environment with the ability to lead, drive, and implement tactical change.
  • A strong attention to detail while appreciating the bigger picture of the complex and ambitious projects that we take on.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills with experience communicating to senior decision-makers and technical audiences.
  • Effective in small teamwork environment with broad responsibilities and minimal oversight.

Essential Functions

  • Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.


  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.

Physical Requirements

  • Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time).
  • May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).
  • Will involve operation of standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


  • Excellent interpersonal skill
  • Excellent communication skill, verbal and written
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Result oriented personality with a creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Self-motivated

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
  • Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources
  • Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic and deadline-oriented environment