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Project Engineer II - Spacecraft Command and Data Handling

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  Nov 11, 2022
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  19665

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.


Project Engineer II - Spacecraft Command and Data Handling


The Ball Command & Data Handling (C&DH) group is a systems engineering team focused on procurement of spacecraft electronics hardware. As the brain of the spacecraft, C&DH is responsible for command acceptance and execution, telemetry acquisition, system timekeeping, data storage, and interfacing to other subsystems. Ball C&DH team members are project/systems/electrical/computer/software engineers who define the requirements, develop the architecture, implement the design, and test the system from end to end.


This leadership position is for a highly experienced engineer or manager who can help the C&DH team manage the cost, schedule, and hardware content for spacecraft efforts across the company.  


What You’ll Do:


  • C&DH cost account manager and project engineer - This position is 70% management and 30% technical.
  • Work daily with the larger C&DH team on procurements, and programmatics.
  • Establish strong vendor relationships.
  • Prepare and manage hardware definition and interfaces.  A strong hardware background is required.
  • Extensive technical writing (proposal development, contractual elements, procedural definitions, specifications, interfaces, analysis support and description documents).
  • Prepare and give presentations to peers, management and customers.
  • 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 in Engineering or a related technical field is preferred plus 12 or more years of 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.
  • Current Top Secret/SCI security clearance is highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 6 years direct experience in C&DH Subsystem Design or Test.
  • An understanding of all aspects of planning, scheduling, hardware specifications, and interface control.
  • Previous earned value management experience is desired.
  • Experience in subcontract management.
  • Experience with defining, developing and delivering space qualified hardware.
  • Intellectual curiosity combined with a strong desire to learn.
  • Good oral, written, and presentation skills.
  • Experience in multidisciplinary teamwork environment with small team leadership responsibilities.


Full-Time On-Site Work Environment: This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site full-time. 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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