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Senior Engineer - Systems Engineering Fault Management Lead

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  Jul 20, 2021
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  1329

Clearance Requirement:   A current, active Top Secret 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.


Senior Engineer – Systems Engineering Fault Management Lead

This leadership position is for an experienced system engineer who can lead a team to establish the fault management baseline for space vehicles and/or missions.


What You’ll Do:

  • Own fault management concept, development, test, and training/operations activities from program onset to delivery.
  • Provide systems engineering leadership to develop spacecraft and/or mission-level fault management design
  • Understand mission-level priorities and risk posture to inform fault management implementation
  • Develop a working knowledge of all vehicles subsystems
  • Lead teams of subject matter experts to solve unique design challenges related spacecraft health and safety
  • Understand failure modes and effects for vehicle subsystems and components.
  • Establish responses to maintain vehicle safety should a failure occur.
  • Tailor and implement existing fault containment strategies based on program needs and requirements.
  • Clearly and thoroughly document the fault management approach in Systems Engineering Reports.
  • Represent program with internal and external customers as the fault management expert. Includes technical exchange meetings, presenting at formal and informal reviews, etc.
  • Lead team effort to develop test plans, procedures, and scripts, and execute test campaigns to verify fault management design.
  • Gain a detailed and architecture-level understanding of the spacecraft and/or mission system through creation & implementation of the fault management design
  • Active member of vehicle systems engineering team, involved in vehicle-level design, requirements verification, integration and test and mission operations activities
  • Collaborative member of fault management section, contributing to internal peer reviews, development of common philosophies and approaches, training and mentoring activities
  • 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:

  • Bachelor's 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.
  • Experience in either space vehicle systems, space vehicle operations, or space vehicle test.
  • Demonstrated desire and ability to learn new technical areas
  • Capability to think critically at all mission levels; architecture-level impacts of design decisions down to implementation details
  • Flexibility to manage differing technical opinions, evolving customer needs, challenging budgets and schedules, and limited resources
  • Collaborative, team-oriented approach to problem solving
  • Effective in small team environment with broad responsibilities and minimal oversight
  • In-depth experience with one or more spacecraft subsystem
  • Previous fault management experience
  • Experience with simulator/hardware test development and execution and/or mission operations
  • Customer Relationships: Extensive knowledge of missions and customers across core technologies areas. Knowledge/experience working with critical customer base, established relationships with key personnel within customer community.
  • Superb writing and presentation skills with experience communicating to senior decision-makers and technical audiences.
  • Top candidates will be goal oriented individuals with excellent organizational skills, a team mindset, and will be capable of coming up to speed quickly on the assigned program.

Working Conditions:

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



Current Clearance 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: $126,500 - $159,500 (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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