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Engineer Senior - Mission Operations Systems

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Broomfield, CO, US, 80020

Date:  Feb 28, 2023
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  27364

Clearance Requirement:   A current, active TS/SCI CI Polygraph security clearance is required.


Ball Aerospace is powered by endlessly curious people who promote a sense of belonging and equality with an unwavering mission focus. We pioneer discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. What’s more, our company balances listening to experiences, providing feedback, and partnership at all levels to create a more inclusive environment. Our team members are able to fully invest in the work that they do, bringing dynamic thinking and energy to Ball Aerospace. 


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 LinkedInFacebookTwitter or Instagram.


The Engineering Strategic Capabilities 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 Senior – Mission Operations Systems Engineer


Mission operations systems engineer in support of requirements, design, analysis, test and operations of space vehicle and ground systems for commercial, DoD, and NASA customers.


What You’ll Do:


  • Support design, development, integration and testing of satellite and ground system.
  • Develop, test and validate operational products for satellite command execution, mission data distribution and mission analysis using simulated test platforms and during satellite integration and test campaigns.
  • Interact with subject matter experts to develop operational command products, training material and tools for onsite operations personnel.
  • Conduct launch and operations readiness activities that require developing initialization and checkout, calibration timelines. Plan and mange rehearsal events and track technical progress associated with the efforts.
  • Work on unusually complex technical problems and provides solutions which are highly innovative and ingenious.
  • Be effective in working with people at all levels and with outside customers. Be able and willing to contribute wherever and however needed and provide leadership and guidance to program activities and senior level people.
  • Understand the space and ground systems and the role it plays within overall segment, mission and enterprise.
  • Support and help lead the development of mission operations system engineering architecture/design.
  • Function in a project leadership role and guide success completion for major programs.
  • Perform requirements decomposition, use case development, and trace artifacts to architecture constructs.
  • Support and help lead requirements decomposition activities which includes the establishment of verification attributes (Verification Test method, level, approach, success criteria, and Test Requirements).
  • Maintain and support the management of mission operations system requirements – allocation, verification, and validation.
  • Support and help lead Interface definition development and documentation in the form of ICD.
  • Analyze and implement key program interface documents by tracing to ground requirements and design.
  • Prepare and give presentations to peers/management/customers.
  • Support program gates as defined by customer, such as the System Requirements Review (SRR), Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and Critical Design Review (CDR).
  • 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:


  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 8 or more years related experience.
  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of related 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.
  • A current, active TS/SCI CI Polygraph security clearance is required.
  • Knowledge of related disciplines in software engineering, hardware engineering, integration, test engineering, quality engineering, configuration/data management.
  • Demonstrated experience of systems engineering roles and functions, including operations concept development, requirements management, functional analysis, interface definition and control, synthesis, and/or verification and validation.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing SEMP, specifications, ICDs, architecture, use case, and other ground CDRLs and artifacts.
  • Experience in mission management, command & control, mission data processing, ground terminal and infrastructure.
  • Effective presentation skills with experience presenting technical results to senior leadership, customer, and technical reviews
  • Experience with ground or mission integration including operations readiness activities, rehearsals and launch support activities.
  • Experience with mission operations development such as command execution scripts, alarm limit management, mission system constraints, operator procedures, and operator training material preferred.
  • Strong experience with development and conducting launch, initialization and handoff to operations personnel preferred.
  • Experience with training of satellite operators preferred.
  • Knowledge in cloud development environment preferred.
  • Knowledge with requirements management tool such as DOORS preferred.
  • Knowledge with Atlassian Tools such as Confluence and Jira preferred.


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 continue 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.
  • 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.


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:  $133,500 - $168,000 (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: Denver

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