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Engineer I - Mission Systems

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Broomfield, CO, US, 80020

Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  1893


Clearance Requirement:   A current, active TS/SCI 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.


Engineer I – Mission Systems


This engineering position is for a systems engineer who is creative, flexible, and comfortable handling many diverse and sometimes open-ended assignments.


What you’ll do:


  • Provide systems engineering support of technical teams to define, direct implementation, and operate complex mission systems which include spacecraft, instruments, and ground systems.
  • Provide engineering support in the development of mission architectures.
  • Support development of mission concept of operations.
  • Support the management of mission requirements – allocation, verification, and validation.
  • Support the performance analyses to ensure mission solution meets mission requirements and customer expectations.
  • Provide program support for identifying and mitigating technical risks.
  • Utilize Model Based Systems Engineering for development of mission architectures, concept of operations, and architecture-to-requirements traceability.
  • Creatively apply our heritage and expertise to solve customer problems in novel and cost-effective ways.
  • Mentor other systems engineers in mission systems engineering development and delivery.
  • Prepare and give presentations to peers/management.
  • 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 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 2 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.
  • MS in Physics/Engineering Systems or a related technical field is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with electro-optics and/or photonics preferred.
  • Customer Relationships: Knowledge of missions and customers across core technologies areas.
  • Demonstrated experience in support of developing and analyzing mission concepts, including space and ground components.
  • Demonstrated experience in some phases of hardware program execution, including early planning, design reviews, manufacture, assembly, integration, test, sell-off, and on-orbit mission operation.
  • Demonstrated experience in systems engineering processes in some of the following areas: requirements development, concept of operations, requirement allocation, change management, verification and validation.
  • Presentation skills with documented presentation experience to technical audiences.


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. 



Relocation for this position is available.




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: Denver

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