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Systems Administrator I

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Fairborn, OH, US, 45432

Date:  Oct 22, 2021
Job Category:  IT Administration
Req. ID:  12460

Clearance Requirement:   A current, active 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 Systems Engineering Solutions Strategic Business Unit provides advanced systems engineering and technology applications for intelligence and information enterprises. These applications and solutions deliver enterprise data management, data analytics, modeling and simulation, and technology assessment capabilities that are used to create products that offer actionable information in support of warfighters and decision makers.


System Administrator I


Ball Aerospace is looking for an experienced technician with computer and network administrator experience to manage a local research network with 200+ computers, 100+ users, and avionics test equipment used for researching avionics cyber assessments, mitigations and protections in a dynamic environment.  


What You’ll Do:


  • Be responsible for maintaining research environment by identifying network requirements, installing upgrades, and monitoring network performance.
  • Provide agile technical support, assistance and guidance to our users and their evolving and dynamic needs to accomplish team goals and milestones.
  • Be responsible for both physical and virtual systems (using VMWare vSphere), domain controllers, web servers, license servers, back-up servers, various application servers, etc. 
  • Maintain compliance with Air Force regulations.
  • Be a collaborative member of a group of scientists and engineers at Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH. 
  • 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:


  • Related Bachelor’s and 2 or more years of related experience; or HS Diploma and 8 or more years of related experience.
  • Each higher-level degree, i.e., Associate’s, Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for additional years of experience.
  • Related certifications may count towards 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 strong knowledge in Microsoft Active Directory functionality and architecture integrated into CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ certification.  Microsoft, Cisco and VMWare certs a plus
  • Basic Knowledge of administering network storage environments (SAN).
  • Familiarity with VMWare vSphere environment architecture and administration.
  • Experience with Windows (server and client) and Linux (server and client) operating systems.
  • Knowledge in strategic planning, network design, documentation, diagramming, and implementation.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • A current, active Secret security clearance is required.
  • Experience with PC hardware repair and maintenance and desire to learn advanced hardware maintenance techniques including cable assembly and testing preferred.
  • Comfortable installing, configuring operating systems and application software.
  • Certification or experience with VMware environment including VSphere, Horizon, and vSAN preferred.
  • Comfortable use of scripting (VBS, bash, etc.) preferred.
  • Knowledge of Risk Management Framework (RMF) preferred.
  • Knowledge of MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC-429.
  • Experience with SQL database design and management.
  • GITLAB usage and management experience a plus.
  • Experience with managing offline and/or DoD Networks a plus.
  • Have the desire to expand expertise and respond to requests for unique testbed and avionics technologies to support AFRL research environment.
  • Explore opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  • Be a quick study and have technical zeal. 


Working Conditions:


  • Work is performed in an office environment.
  • 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 not available.


Compensation & Benefits:


  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $71,500 - $97,000 (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: Dayton

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