Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety (RAMS) Lead – Engines (R37770)

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Los Angeles, CA, United States


Full Time

8 months ago

Job description

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We’re working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight!  

This role is part of the Blue Origin Engines business unit, where our focus is the design, development, manufacturing and testing of engines and propulsion systems. Built for multiple uses, our family of engines is powering the next generation of rockets for commercial, civil, national security and human spaceflight.

As part of a hardworking team of diverse engineers, you will develop and execute a program plan to support a rocket engine development program in the areas of Reliability, Maintainability, and System Safety. You will be the primary focal point for RAMS topics and may lead a team of RAMS engineers to execute the RAMS program plan. In the early phases of a program, you will focus on assessing functional hazards, developing, and allocating system safety, reliability/availability, and maintainability requirements, and defining scope vital to develop a safe and reliable engine. In later phases of development, you will manage safety and reliability validation and verification activities, assess safety and reliability impacts of engineering changes and nonconformance’s, and ensure that design-specific safety and reliability mitigations are implemented effectively.  In this role, you will have the opportunity to continue to engage with the product team well into engine qualification, production, and vehicle system certification and operational phases of the program.

We are seeing a self-motivated and highly organized individual who can work with minimal guidance and coordinate teams in the successful execution of system safety and reliability activities.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Facilitate and perform system safety and reliability analyses, identify hazards, failure causes and mitigations, and provide a detailed record of the safety risk approach

• Confirm maintainability engineers are engaged in ensuring design-for-maintainability is considered in the development process

• Balance operational efficiency and engine operating costs with safety and reliability


Minimum Qualifications:

• Proven track record of building trust and effective working relationships that improve team performance, deliver results, and contribute to a culture of inclusion

• 6+ years engineering experience in the aerospace industry with 4+ years of system safety, reliability, or RAMS engineering experience in rocket propulsion or space launch vehicles

• Knowledge of systems engineering practices throughout the product lifecycle

• Experience in design, development, integration, or testing – preferably with aerospace hardware or sophisticated technical systems

• Experience performing system safety and reliability analyses, such as: Functional Hazard Assessments (FHA), Failure Mode, Effects, and Criticality Analysis (FMECA), Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Reliability Block Diagrams (RBDs)

• Experience with Weibull analysis and parameter estimation, stress-strength interference analyses, probability distribution estimation, reliability growth modeling, and probabilistic risk analysis

• Working understanding of configuration management principles and practices

• Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills

• B.S./B.A. degree in engineering or a relevant technical field

• Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience implementing hazard mitigations into product definition artifacts (e.g. drawings)

• Experience managing large, sophisticated system safety efforts

• Proven technical expertise with liquid rocket engines and test facilities

• Experience with reliability engineering for electrical components and circuit card assemblies

• Experience integrating sophisticated subsystems into a spacecraft, launch vehicle, or test facility

• Experience implementing, customizing, or improving system safety policy and procedure for a development engineering environment and transitioning products to operation and production

• Deep understanding of principles and practices for systems engineering

• Proven experience with reliability/life test design (failure modes discovery, life demonstration, and screening)

• Experience with failure reporting and corrective action systems (FRACAS)

• Experience using scripting languages such as VBA and Python to automate processes and analyses• Deep understanding of principles and practices for systems engineering

• Experience with systems engineering tools such as DOORS, DNG, or similar

• Experience working in a safety-critical environment

• Basic project management skills

• Experience with prognostics and health management



Compensation range for on site CA applicants is
$19.50$28.56 USD

Inclusivity Statement

Don’t meet all desired requirements? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every desired qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.



Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave (must be employed at time of birth or adoption), short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program available after 1 year of service.

Paid Time Off:  Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays for all regular employees (including part-time), fixed-term, and interns.

Discretionary bonus: Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses in addition to base pay. Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the Washington Fair Chance Act, the California Fair Chance Act, the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.


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