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Principal Power Systems Engineer - EPDS

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  Nov 18, 2022
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  19872

Ball Aerospace is powered by endlessly curious people who promote a sense of belonging and equality with an unwavering mission focus. We pioneer discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. What’s more, our company balances listening to experiences, providing feedback, and partnership at all levels to create a more inclusive environment. Our team members are able to fully invest in the work that they do, bringing dynamic thinking and energy to Ball Aerospace. 


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 Capabilities 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 Power Systems Engineer – EPDS


This position is for an experienced power systems engineer who can provide added value to the Electrical Power and Distribution Subsystem (EPDS) team for spacecraft programs throughout the company. 


What You’ll Do:


  • Collaborate with the EPDS department as part of your core team at Ball Aerospace.
    • Work together with colleagues on tackling complex and challenging tasks.
    • Support spacecraft power system development at each phase of the program lifecycle.
  • Own several different spacecraft power system roles as the need arises to include but not limited to:
    • Tasked as the lead Electrical Power Systems engineer working on unique and exciting spacecraft missions to include national defense and civil space.
    • Perform as the Responsible Engineer for EPDS components to include spacecraft battery and/or solar array(s)
    • Development of a new payload interface box.
    • Provide power system sizing & schedule for new business proposals and opportunities.
    • Oversee the procurement(s) of critical spacecraft components with subcontractors that are vital to program success
    • Contribute toward advancements in power system architectures for new missions.
    • Manage Independent Research and Development (IR&D) advancing new and innovative technological products and solutions.
  • Represent the power systems team to the space vehicle program at all levels, ensuring the power system can meet the mission needs.
    • Participate both broadly and deeply in power systems for our space missions.
    • Provide contributions that result in more pictures taken, more planets found, more storms tracked, more intelligence gathered. 
  • ​​Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Capabilities 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.
  • Minimum of 4 years direct experience in spacecraft electrical power subsystem engineering or electrical power test or electrical power operations.
  • A desire to learn – our culture fosters intellectual curiosity.
  • A strong technical foundation – people who flourish behave like owners.
  • Effectiveness in small teams with broad responsibilities, with eagerness to work for the success of the team.  
  • Comfortable working in a collaborative team environment.
  • Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Capability to learn and apply tools to perform solar array, battery, power conversion, and distribution sizing, and performance analysis.
  • Detailed knowledge relating to some, or all, of the following preferred:  
    • Lithium-ion batteries.
    • Solar arrays.
    • Power control and distribution.
    • Power conversion, regulation, and/or direct energy transfer architectures.
    • Charge control methods and power fault protection.
    • Experience with power simulation tools (e.g., PSPICE, MATLAB, etc.).
    • Experience with defining, developing and delivering space qualified hardware.


Flexible On-Site Work Environment: This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site for three or more days per work week. Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.


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, 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.


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: $150,000 - $189,000 (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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