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Payload Principal Systems Integration and Test Engineer

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  Nov 15, 2021
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  10490

At Ball Aerospace, we care about the health and safety of our team members, their families and our communities. Ball Aerospace will comply with Executive Order 14042 and all team members will be required to provide proof of completed vaccination status as a condition of employment as stated within the Order, subject to approved medical or religious accommodations.


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.


Principal Test Engineer – CLEARANCE REQUIRED


The Payload Systems Integration and Test team is seeking a Principal Engineer that has a minimum of 12 years of relevant engineering experience to join our fast-paced team environment with other SEIT engineers to integrate and test payload hardware.   In this role, you will take a leadership role and work with engineers from other discipline areas to develop test sets for the verification of payload functional and environmental performance requirements.


What You'll Do:


  • Use off-the-shelf and custom Special Test Equipment to test and troubleshoot spaceflight payload hardware.
  • Write, review, update, and review integration and test procedures as required by payload Assemble Integration and Test (AI&T) campaigns.
  • Mentor and coach engineers of all experience levels on preparing test procedures.
  • Maintain fabrication and test engineering logs, records and author test summary reports.
  • Collaborate with internal company contacts and work with outside suppliers and customers for technical exchanges of information; take a leadership role when coordinating with customers and suppliers for program, design, and peer reviews.
  • Provide technical oversight and support to teams of engineers and technicians.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the PL SEIT department, 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 12 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.
  • Degree(s) in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Thermal Engineering preferred.
  • Experience with testing of spaceflight instruments or related aerospace, electrical, mechanical, optical, or thermal hardware, components and systems.
  • Test experience using software test automation applications and tools such as:  COSMOS and LabVIEW preferred.  
  • Experience in design, development and validation of test sets in cleanroom, laboratory, and/or production environments.
  • Experience working in an ISO Class 7/8 cleanrooms in proximity to electro-sensitive devices preferred.
  • Good interpersonal skills and work well in a team environment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools.  
  • Aerospace or military experience preferred.


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, and clean room, and occasionally outdoors or in remote research environments.
  • 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: $138,000 - $174,500  (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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