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Systems Integration & Test Engineer II - Scripting / GSE Software Focus - Space Vehicles

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  Sep 17, 2021
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  7493

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.


Systems Integration & Test Engineer II – Scripting / GSE SW Focus - Space Vehicles


Join the Space Vehicle Systems Engineering, Integration & Test (SEIT) team at Ball Aerospace - a diverse group of motivated problem solvers.  We like to have fun and enjoy life - both at work, and in our free time.  We're excited about the challenging projects we're involved in and have a strong commitment to the missions we enable.  Offering growth opportunities at all levels of skill and experience, we're looking for leaders and innovators who can continue our strong reputation for creativity and technical excellence, while helping to define the future of Ball.


We're seeking an action-oriented engineer with intellectual curiosity who is excited to put their potential to use testing space flight hardware.  The position will have a specific focus on the software scripts and software tools used with the electrical ground support equipment to automate flight hardware testing.


As an Engineer II, you will work closely with, and be mentored by, experts in the field.  You may have the opportunity to lead a significant test activity on a large space vehicle program, lead a subsystem on a small to mid-size effort, or take responsibility as a shift lead during spacecraft acceptance testing.


If you enjoy Legos, writing code for your drone, playing with Linux builds, and have the skills to rebuild the hyperdrive of the Millennium Falcon, then this might be a good position for you.


What You’ll Do:


  • Work in a fast-paced team environment assisting to integrate and test spacecraft hardware.
  • Work in cleanroom and lab environments to verify the hardware meets requirements and characterize / calibrate its performance.
  • Write, review, update, and execute test procedures and test scripts.
  • Work with the ground systems, simulators, flight software, and non-flight software teams to architect and design the non-flight software environment.
  • Gain a detailed understanding of spacecraft subsystems and their operation.
  • Support space vehicle launch and commissioning campaigns.
  • Prepare technical documentation and give presentations to peers and management.
  • Collaborate with system and subsystem engineers, mission assurance, technicians, and other program personnel.
  • Use test and measurement equipment to test and troubleshoot spaceflight hardware.
  • Maintain test logs and generate test reports.
  • 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 5 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.
  • Active Top Secret clearance preferred.
  • Experience testing and troubleshooting spacecraft, space vehicles, and their related components and systems.
  • Strong experience with scripting and programming.
  • Experience with software configuration management systems.
  • Experience with spacecraft command and control systems, simulators, software test benches and other electrical ground support equipment.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • A strong attention to detail while appreciating the bigger picture of the complex and ambitious projects that we take on at Ball.
  • A desire to work hands-on with critical space-flight hardware.
  • Knowledge and experience using test automation applications and tools such as LabVIEW preferred.
  • Experience with Linux and real-time operating systems preferred.
  • Good interpersonal skills and work well in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in MS Office tools.
  • Applicants selected may be subjected to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
  • Space or military experience preferred.


Working Conditions:


  • 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.
  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.




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: $97,000 - $120,500 (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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