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Engineer II - Payload Systems

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  Jan 25, 2023
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  22015

Clearance Requirement:   A current, active TS/SCI security clearance is required.


Ball Aerospace is powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus. We pioneer discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely.


At our core, we're passionate, committed people who believe together we can achieve extraordinary things. We work collaboratively with each other, our customers and partners to solve the world's greatest challenges. That means listening to one another, providing feedback and partnering across all levels. We value our inclusive culture where everyone is heard equally and creativity thrives. Each team member is fully invested in our mission and we bring an energy to work every day that propels our business and motivates us all to Go Beyond.®


For more information, visit Ball Aerospace Career Site or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


The Engineering Strategic Capabilities Unit comprises the organizational talent and technical leadership that enables the successful delivery of high-impact discriminating technologies for our customers’ missions. Our collaborative, cross-functional teams are committed to innovation, integrity, continual learning and strong execution.


Engineer II – Payload Systems


This engineering position is for a systems engineer who is creative and excited to contribute to the development of airborne and/or space borne payload systems.


What You’ll Do:


  • Support programs from new business to delivery including proposal support, concept development with trades, payload system design, payload integration and test, and post-delivery technical support.
  • Learn and perform systems engineering tasks throughout a program or Research and Development (R&D) project lifecycle.
  • Contribute to the decomposition and allocation of electro-optical or RF payload requirements to lower-level specifications. Refine requirements as necessary.
  • Develop and monitor the margin management philosophy throughout the program lifecycle.
  • Synthesize and analyze payload system performance for compliance and verification of requirements.
  • Contribute to analyses for the development of error trees and Technical Performance Measures (TPM).
  • Explore system interfaces and development of payload Interface Control Documents (ICD).
  • Work alongside AI&T engineers to support the test configurations, verification approaches, and analysis plans necessary for payload verification.
  • Lead the development, test and evaluation of hardware, software, support equipment and systems as required.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to peers, management, and/or customers, as required.
  • Support program gates such as the Preliminary Design Review (PDR), Critical Design Review (CDR), Functional Configuration Audit (FCA) and payload sell-off.
  • Learn about payload technical proposal development including estimates of systems team labor and schedule.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Capabilities Units and the Company. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.


What You’ll Need:


  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related field is required plus 5 or more years related experience.
  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of related experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.
  • A current, active TS/SCI security clearance is required.
  • Familiarity in computer application skills, such as Python, Matlab, C, C++, IDL, STK, DOORS, and other analytical tools is a strong plus.
  • Experience in multiple lifecycle phases in RF, tactical, or electro-optical system programs from concept development and program kick- off through post-delivery support.
  • Demonstrated technical and interpersonal skills—ability to work with a diverse team, predict and meet schedules, resolve disconnects.
  • Effective communication skills are essential, including the ability to understand the team’s needs, ask insightful questions, and provide clear communication of proposed solutions. 


Flexible On-Site Work Environment: This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site for three or more days per work week. Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.


Working Conditions:


  • Ball Aerospace is a drug-free workplace, which is imperative to the health and safety of all employees and is required as a condition of receiving contracts from federal agencies. Please remember that regardless of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and other states, possession and use continues to be illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This includes the use of some CBD products. A post-offer, pre-employment drug test is a condition of employment. 
  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or cleanroom, outdoors or remote research environment.
  • May occasionally work in production work centers where use of protective equipment and gear is required.
  • May access other facilities in various weather conditions.


Verification that your current security clearance or government customer access meets the requirement for this position will be required.


Relocation for this position is available.


Compensation & Benefits:


  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $108,000 - $133,500 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • This position includes a competitive benefits package. For details, copy and paste into your browser or visit our careers site.




Ball Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.


Nearest Major Market: Boulder
Nearest Secondary Market: Denver

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