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Systems Integration & Test Project Engineer II

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  May 24, 2021
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  1344

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.


Project Engineer II – Systems Test

This engineering position will have spacecraft and/or Instrument AI&T engineering as its area of specialization with test and evaluation of spacecraft as the focus. 


What you’ll do:
•Support the design and development efforts for a Spacecraft and/or Instrument Integration and Test (I&T) program, including test planning, cost monitoring, and schedule management.
•Generate, interpret, implement, and monitor test requirements from system, detail design, and contract specifications. Write, review, update, and implement test plans and procedures as required.
•Maintain required test engineering logs, records and author test summary reports.
•Provide technical oversight and support to technicians and engineers.
•Test sub-systems and systems for suitability and testability in designs.
•Test and document development programs in preparation for potential production.
•Prepare technical documentation and give presentations to peers and management.
•Provide technical and cost guidance to new business pursuits and proposals.
•Responsibilities may include new business support in the form of proposal writing and/or cost/schedule estimation.
•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.
•Perform other duties as necessary.


What you’ll need:
•BS 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.
•Experience in the testing of space-flight instruments and/or spacecraft or related RF, electronic and electro-mechanical components and systems is desirable.
•Ability to interpret and monitor test results from spacecraft/instrument-level testing is desirable.
•Good presentation skills and communication skills a must, as well as demonstrated leadership and team building skills.
•Experience with the use of test and measurement equipment for testing and troubleshooting is desirable.
•Knowledge and test experience using test automation applications and tools such as LabVIEW is desirable.
•Must understand test processes including defining test strategies, test plans, test procedures and then following through on those test plans to execution and fault resolution.
•Must be able to prepare and present technical information in front of large groups.
•Experience with budget, schedule and planning for performance and environmental testing is required.
•Provide technical and cost guidance to new business pursuits and proposals.
•Must work well in a fast paced, team environment.
•Must be able to support and mentor a small to large team of technicians and junior engineers.
•Experience with RF test equipment (including RF signal generators, spectrum analyzers, and network analyzers) is desirable.
•Ability to document analysis results and write reports.
•Effective oral and written communication skills.
•Ability to interface with technicians, peers, senior-level engineers, business development, and management.
•Ability to contribute to the success of small teams through excellent teamwork. 


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


This position may be eligible for a Hiring Incentive of a minimum of $15,000 for external hires only.



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: $135,000 - $170,500 (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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