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Instrument Systems Engineer II

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  Apr 24, 2021
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  680

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


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.


Instrument Systems Engineer II


What You’ll Do:
•Enable the advancement of knowledge to support our national security.
•Contribute to, and lead, multi-disciplinary teams in detailed design, analysis, optimization, and testing of instrument system/subsystem performance and operation.
•Gather needs and input from stakeholders, and translate them into system designs and instrument performance budgets.
•Manage requirements over the program lifecycle – including requirement elicitation, architecture, definition, analysis, allocation, traceability, verification, and validation.
•Identify system/subsystem interfaces and work with technical experts to ensure proper documentation, maintenance, and flow of information.
•Lead risk management activities to plan, monitor, and control opportunities and threats.
•Track and manage project changes to facilitate scope control, process improvement, document traceability, and quality assurance.
•Understand and support system architecture trades concerning orbits, constellations, and instrument performance.
•Deliver presentations to internal/external customers in both informal and formal settings.
•Support integration and test activities.
•Mentor less experienced engineers in best systems engineering practices, and seek mentorship from others to guide your own career development.
•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.
•Familiarity and experience in space instrumentation and payload engineering, including, but not limited to: imaging, data acquisition and analysis, systems architecture and design, systems engineering, integration and test.
•Current Top Secret/SCI security clearance is required
•Self-starter attitude and drive to reach beyond typical job responsibilities and deliver results.
•Big picture mentality and ability to help others maintain a strong technical vision of the end product.
•A strong technical foundation – people who learn and grow
•Good communication skills, including the ability to understand the customer’s needs and clearly describe proposed solutions.
•Good writing and presentation skills with experience communicating to senior decision-makers and technical audiences.
•A desire to learn - our culture fosters intellectual curiosity in a highly collaborative environment


Working Conditions:
•Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or clean room, 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.


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: $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. Click here to learn more.




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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