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Manager - Thermal Vacuum & Climatics

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  Jan 13, 2021
Job Category:  General Management
Req. ID:  5540

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 Operations Strategic Support Unit plays a fundamental role in enabling efficient business and program execution – from technologies and investments to supply chain, manufacturing and test operations, facilities management, and information technology services.


Manager - Thermal Vacuum & Climatics


To manage departmental functions and ensure all policies, procedures, and programs meet and support operational objectives.

You will be responsible for execution of thermal vacuum and climatics testing for state of the art aerospace products.  The candidate will be responsible for interfacing with customers, providing leadership to lab personnel, performing tests, capturing and analyzing data, to ensure customer requirements are met.


What You’ll Do:


  • Perform tests and test engineering services for state-of-the-art aerospace products, review program test plans and requirements, to ensure facility and equipment capabilities meet program needs.
  • Engage programs early to help plan test activities to ensure success.   Proactively work with internal customers to understand test requirements. 
  • Work with a team of Facility Engineers, Test Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Thermal Engineers, Hardware Quality Engineers, Inspectors, and Technicians.
  • Develop test engineering documentation (e.g. plans, procedures and reports) and present test results to internal and external customers. 
  • Lead day to day activities such as, staffing, training, budget, scheduling.
  • Maintain standard procedures, applies knowledge and skills to test operations including troubleshooting, root cause analysis, corrective actions, preventative maintenance plans, validate equipment and test methods.
  • Create a long-term vision, drive process improvement initiatives and capital programs to build and maintain a world class test facility. Defines new equipment needs; forward vision and plan development.
  • Select, motivate and counsel employees, administer salary and budget programs; ensure employee safety; plan, organize, integrate and measure work performed within the department including yearly performance reviews.
  • Set expectations, execute and monitor training and development plans throughout the department.
  • Develop strategic direction for department and lead employees and the company into innovative and new directions to accomplish the organization’s goals.
  • Serve as a resource on projects requiring advanced knowledge in thermal vacuum test operations.
  • Develop and maintain departmental budget.  Ensure adherence to budget and manage departmental operations in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Maintain an open and effective interface with employees and management.
  • Ensure that all business is conducted using the highest ethical standards and in compliance with all applicable laws, statutes, and regulations as well as company policies and directives. 
  • Conceive and develop solutions to departmental problems through the application of professionally accepted techniques, practices, and procedures.
  • Review and approve personnel actions.
  • Maintain and update required records and reports.
  • 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/BA in related field plus 8 years or more 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.
  • Degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering preferred.
  • Strong customer interface and leadership skills will be required.
  • Experience with thermal vacuum and climatics testing.
  • Knowledge in the use and limitations of TQCMs, leak detectors, pumps, controllers, data acquisition systems and other related support GSE.
  • Experience in working with people at all levels.
  • Proven leadership.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Effective presentation skills. 
  • Experience in anomaly resolution, troubleshooting, and documentation.
  • Capable of resolving technical problems or discrepancies with the team, customers, and subcontractors, in a timely manner.
  • Recognized as an expert in their field.  Promote development of a strong team by participation in key aspects of the project and mentoring more junior team members.
  • Ability to review and accurately interpret schematics, drawings, specifications and procedures for completeness and compliance to test requirements.
  • Must be able to work cross organizationally with process shareholders.
  • Knowledge of metrology and utilization of calibrated equipment.
  • Will be required to obtain company certifications.
  • Competent using MS Office.


Working Conditions:


  • Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, cleanroom, or production floor. 
  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.


Relocation for this position is available.


Compensation & Benefits

  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $105,500 - $145,500 (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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