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Payload Project Engineer I - CLEARANCE REQUIRED

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  Jun 12, 2021
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  8279

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.


Payload Project Engineer I – CLEARANCE REQUIRED


What You'll Do:


  • Work in a fast-paced team environment with other SEIT engineers to integrate and test payload hardware.
  • Provide ongoing inputs on the AI&T scope of work, schedule, and cost to the Program Management Office including staffing forecasts and labor hours, and other direct costs for executing I&T activities.
  • Manage the execution of verification testing, including functional, performance and environmental testing on payload products. Lead engineers of all experience levels on successfully executing through a challenging AI&T campaign.
  • Use off-the-shelf and custom Special Test Equipment to test and troubleshoot spaceflight payload hardware.
  • Take a leadership role, working with engineers of other disciplines to develop test sets tailored for the verification of payload functional and environmental performance requirements.
  • Write, review, update, and review integration and test procedures as required by payload AI&T campaigns. Mentor and coach junior engineers on preparing test procedures.
  • Maintain fabrication and test engineering logs, records and author test summary reports.
  • Interface with internal company contacts and outside suppliers and customers for technical exchanges of information. Take a prominent role interfacing and 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 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 8 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 in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Thermal Engineering, or a related technical field is preferred.
  • Experience in the testing of spaceflight instruments or related aerospace, electrical, mechanical, optical, or thermal hardware, components and systems is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge and test experience using software test automation applications and tools such as COSMOS and LabVIEW is desirable.
  • Experience in the design, development and validation of test sets in cleanroom, laboratory, and/or production environments is required.
  • Experience working in an ISO Class 7/8 cleanrooms in proximity to sensitive electro-optic devices is desirable.
  • Good interpersonal skills and work well in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in MS Office tools.
  • Aerospace or military experience is desired but not required.
  • Applicants selected may be subjected to a government security investigation and may be expected to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
  • Current Top-Secret security clearance is required.


Working Conditions:


  • 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: $120,500 - $152,000 (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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