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Systems Engineer II - Assembly, Integration, and Test

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Chantilly, VA, US, 20150

Date:  Oct 20, 2021
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  9212

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


This position is located in Chantilly, VA.


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 Engineer II - Assembly, Integration, and Test


What You'll Do:


  • Support a Ball Aerospace program monitoring and assisting the Assembly, Integration, and Test (AI&T) of a spacecraft in a multiple unit delivery environment.
  • Primary interface to the vendor (Northrup Grumman) for management and technical issues.
  • Provide technical oversight and support to technicians and engineers.
  • Primary focal point to review and provide approval prior to and post all Assembly and Test operations.
  • Author test plans and write, review, update, and implement test procedures/test scripts for the purpose of prototype, qualification, and acceptance testing.
  • Conduct functional and environmental testing on spacecraft or instruments and related electronic, electro-mechanical, or electro-optic components and systems. 
  • Generate, interpret, implement, and monitor test requirements from system, detail design, and contract specifications.
  • Maintain required test engineering logs, records, and author test summary reports.
  • During space vehicle Assembly, Integration, and Test (AI&T) operations other Ball personnel will be at the facility this position provides a local presence to organize and coordinate with multiple teams assisting the vendor.
  • The vendor is responsible for Assembly Integration & Test operations. This position is a part of the Prime team and will oversee the vendor team without having direct authority over their personnel.
  • Lead the design, development, build, and certification of automated electrical ground support equipment.
  • Mission understanding: ability to quickly come up to speed on hardware and software, architecture and planned testing requirements and schedule(s).
  • Face-to-face interaction with customers and contractors, able to respond to requests, support to technical meetings, technical interchanges and enterprise working groups involving program testing.
  • Coordinate and lead multiple travel teams on numerous production lines.
  • Communicate and work with other Ball Aerospace team members, local vendor team members, off-site and local management, and customers.
  • Provide technical and cost guidance to new business pursuits and proposals.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in Assembly, Integration and Test (AI&T).
  • Current TS/SCI clearance with Polygraph.
  • Strong System Engineering skills.
  • Ability to quickly come up to speed on technical efforts currently underway a plus.
  • Ability to status management at multiple levels.
  • Hands-on experience in the testing of spacecraft (C&DH, ADCS, power, telcomm) and electro-mechanical components and systems (Optics, mechanisms, image collection). RF experience a plus. 
  • Experience in procedure development for Ground Support Equipment (GSE) supporting flight hardware Test.
  • Experience in environmental test design.
  • Good planning and organization skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to supervise large teams of technicians and senior-level engineers of multiple disciplines.
  • Knowledge in the complete life cycle of electronics development: requirements definition, architectural design, detailed design and analysis, manufacturing, test, integration, and post-delivery support.
  • Test Experience:
    • Translating/reviewing requirement test cases.
    • Writing/Updating/Reviewing test processes, plans, and cases.
    • Working with product owners and subject matter experts as needed.
    • Assessing and addressing resources necessary for test.
    • Communicating with management, other program personnel and the customer on testing status.
    • Approving pre and post operational procedures and data.
  • Technical skills:
    • Understanding of electrical and mechanical testing.
    • Optical test experience.
    • Knowledge of test tools (e.g. Maestro (STOL), COSMOS(RUBY), Excel) highly desired.
    • Experience with anomaly resolution in a space flight hardware environment is desired.
    • Experience with software tracking systems (e.g. Jira, SubVersion).


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.


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: $117,000 - $145,500 (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.



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