Engineer Principal/Staff Consultant - Structural (Active Secret Clearance Required)

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Westminster, CO, US, 80021

Date:  Nov 21, 2023
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  33524

Clearance Requirement:   A current, active Secret security clearance is required.


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.®


For more information, visit Ball Aerospace Career Site or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter 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 Principal/Staff Consultant – Structural (Active Secret Clearance Required)


What You'll Do:


  • Provide technical direction and mentoring to a structural analysis team.
  • Use closed form and finite element analysis techniques in stress analysis and structural dynamics.
  • Develop loads and environments for structure and components.
  • Perform structural analysis on advanced tactical systems, optics, mechanisms, and ground support equipment.
  • Support structural and environmental testing for static, modal, acoustic, shock, and vibration.
  • Compile and prepare data for technical meetings and end-item product delivery.
  • Review drawings, procedures and engineering orders for completeness, compatibility, producibility, and correctness.
  • Write detailed reports for test and analysis 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:


  • Engineer Principal - BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 12 or more years related experience.
  • Staff Consultant - BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 16 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 Master of Science Degree in a structures related field is preferred.
  • A current, active Secret security clearance is required.
  • Nastran experience with static, modal, buckling, and frequency response.
  • The ability to support multiple efforts and manage competing priorities.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment. 
  • Proficiency preferred in the following areas:
    • General Software: Simcenter, FEMAP, LS-Dyna, Abaqus, MATLAB, Adams, Solidworks, Python
    • FEM Applications: Explicit, Transient, Nonlinear, Multibody Dynamics, Line of Sight, and Jitter
    • Structural Analysis: Bolted and Bonded Joints, Welds, Electronics, Antennas, Fracture and Fatigue
    • Materials: Composites, Ceramics, and other high temperature materials


On-Site Work Environment: This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site five days each normally scheduled week in the primary work location. 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. 
  • 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 FOR ENGINEER PRINCIPAL: $147,000 - $185,250 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • HIRING SALARY RANGE FOR STAFF CONSULTANT: $164,500 - $207,750 (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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