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Technician Apprentice - Materials and Process Development Lab, General

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Boulder, CO, US, 80301

Date:  Jan 6, 2023
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  26370

Ball Aerospace is powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus. We pioneer 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.


At our core, we're passionate, committed people who believe together we can achieve extraordinary things. We work collaboratively with each other, our customers and partners to solve the world's greatest challenges. That means listening to one another, providing feedback and partnering across all levels. We value our inclusive culture where everyone is heard equally and creativity thrives. Each team member is fully invested in our mission and we bring an energy to work every day that propels our business and motivates us all to Go Beyond.®


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The Operations Strategic Capabilities Unit plays a fundamental role in enabling efficient business and program execution – from technologies and investments to supply chain, manufacturing and test operations, facilities management, and information technology services.


Technician Apprentice - Materials and Process Development Lab, General


Successful candidate will work in a high paced laboratory service environment supporting various aspects of a multi-disciplined chemical/physical testing laboratory organization. This laboratory position supports the manufacture and development of antennas used in commercial and military applications.


What You’ll Do:


  • Measure material strength properties under tension and compression loads to support production and R&D efforts.
  • Perform testing of materials and hardware in vacuum, elevated temperature, depressed temperature, and under humidity.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Assist in application of coatings to hardware.
  • Perform electrical properties testing of materials for use on or near electrostatic sensitive devices.
  • Assist with set up and evaluation of ESD workstations for use with electrostatic sensitive hardware.
  • Assist in adhesive bonding development activities using liquid adhesives.
  • Perform density and other physical properties measurements of materials.
  • Assist in preparation of metallurgical samples for microscopic examination.
  • Assist with additive manufacturing (e.g. 3D printing) development and production.
  • Support general laboratory activities.
  • 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:


  • High School diploma or equivalent plus completion of at least 50% of the requirements towards completion of an electronic, mechanical, or relative science technical program.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform any and all tasks in BATC Technician Requirements.
  • Proven interpersonal skills and ability to work well as a team player.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with typical chemicals and equipment used in a chemical and physical testing laboratory.
  • Demonstrated strong mathematic skills such as calculate area and volume of geometric shapes.
  • Mechanical aptitude with adept fine motor skills.
  • Good customer service skills.


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. 
  • This role is part time, 15-25 hours per week flexible within the core hours of 8:00am - 4:00pm to support continuing with a concurrent technical education program.
  • Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, cleanroom, or production floor. 


Relocation for this position is not available.


Compensation & Benefits:


  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $16.59 - $22.36 per hour (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • Temporary positions typically are not eligible for benefits. 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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