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Engineer II - Telecom Subsystem, Space Vehicles

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  Sep 25, 2021
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  10434

Powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus, Ball Aerospace pioneers 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. For more information, visit Ball Aerospace Career Site or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


The Engineering Strategic Support 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 - Telecom Subsystem, Space Vehicles


Join the Space Vehicle Systems Engineering Telecommunications team at Ball Aerospace - a diverse group of motivated problem solvers faced with the daily challenge of ensuring communications to and from space vehicles.  We're excited about the projects we're involved in and have a strong commitment to the missions we enable.  Offering growth opportunities at all levels of skill and experience, we're looking for leaders and innovators who can continue our strong reputation for creativity and technical excellence, while helping to define the future of Ball.


We're seeking an independent, action-oriented technical lead to support telecom subsystem design, development, integration, and test throughout the lifecycle of space vehicle (SV) development for major programs.  A telecom subsystem may be an entire communications payload or a subassembly to carry tracking, telemetry, command, and instrument data between a space vehicle and relays or ground stations. 


Make a difference.  Love what you do.  Realize your full potential.


What You'll Do:


  • Support the subsystem technical team.  
  • Help define architectures and support trade studies to appropriately scope subsystem design, assembly, integration, test, launch and early operation (LEOPS) for proposals or studies.
  • Understand, define, and manage subsystem requirements.
  • Understand, define, and manage internal/external interfaces.
  • Report cost, schedule, and technical status to internal/external customers.
  • Define, quantify, manage, and report technical risks.
  • Provide and/or support engineering analyses to demonstrate adequate subsystem performance and to verify satisfaction of technical requirements (Ex:  link budgets, pointing accuracy, component performance, etc).
  • Support subsystem and program milestones/gates with appropriate analyses, presentations, and coordination.
  • Support identification, procurement, development, test, and integration of hardware, software, and support equipment.
  • Manage an incremental assembly, integration, and test strategy to adequately demonstrate subsystem compliance to requirements and interface integrity.
  • Support systems-level engineering trades.
  • Support LEOPS, on-orbit test, and post-delivery plans and execution.  
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support 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 technical field is required plus 5 or more years related experience.
  • Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of 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.
  • Must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information if required to be subjected to a government security investigation.
  • Microwave, radio frequency, and/or optical telecom hardware experience.
  • Strong customer service, accountability, professionalism, and interpersonal skill.
  • Strong critical thinking skills that result in effective decision making and priority setting.
  • Drive for results and executional excellence.
  • Team building skills with a player/coach mindset.
  • Attention to detail that leads to complete, high-quality engineering products.
  • Space hardware experience preferred.


Working Conditions:


  • 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.
  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.


A current DoD clearance and/or SCI access with Polygraph is not required to be eligible for this position, however applicant must be willing and eligible for submission within 60-90 days after an offer is accepted and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance/access.  By applying to this position, you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire to evaluate your general ability to obtain the required security clearance or government customer access associated with this position.


Relocation for this position is available.


Compensation & Benefits:


  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $102,000 - $126,500 (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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