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RF Technical Specialist I

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Westminster, CO, US, 80021

Date:  Nov 12, 2022
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  24022

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 Operations Strategic Capabilities Unit plays a fundamental role in enabling efficient business and program execution – from technologies and investments to supply chain, manufacturing and test operations, facilities management, and information technology services.


RF Technical Specialist I


Perform complex project tasks of a specialized nature to support engineering development and production. Tasks may include advanced applications in complex mechanical, electrical, as well as RF assembly and test; difficult fabrication and assembly (wood, and metal); and logistics support (forklift, crane, and pallet jack). Tasks may require advanced application of technical theory and practical knowledge in the design, development, assembly, and test of a wide variety of RF products and systems. Duties are typically more responsibility-oriented versus task-oriented and performed with little to no oversight.  Individual must be a self-starter and well organized. 


What You’ll Do:


  • Test and troubleshoot RF and mechanical subsystems, components, instruments, for operational readiness, including maintenance or repair.
  • Perform limited design or CAD layouts for technical applications. Document flow diagrams or procedures.
  • Maintain electronic records, and reports in accordance with Ball Aerospace policies and procedures, and government regulations.
  • Review and accurately interpret schematics, drawings, specifications, and procedures for completeness and compliance requirements.
  • Review diverse data and collaborate on recommend actions to address unique and complex technical situations.
  • Provide advanced instruction and training on specialized procedures and techniques to other employees and may develop processes and procedures essential to specific projects.
  • Make continuous improvement suggestions, participate and lead such projects
  • Effectively communicate and have regular interaction with higher level management, customers, and internal / external auditors.
  • Work in team environment with engineers, taking direction and providing feedback on status in a timely manner.
  • 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:


  • High School diploma or equivalent plus 12 or more years of related experience or a two-year technical degree plus 10 or more years of related experience.
  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e., Bachelor’s or Master’s, may substitute for two years of related experience. 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 RF technical knowledge with the ability to support complex fabrication and assembly projects.
  • Demonstrated RF testing knowledge using network analyzers, RF ranges and other similar equipment.
  • Machining skills; fabrication and assembly with both wood (drill press, carpentry tools, saws, etc.) and metals (Mills, Lathe, etc.).
  • Demonstrated competency in using various hand-tools.
  • Basic knowledge and skills using Microsoft Office tools.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.


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 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 environment, laboratory, clean room, or production floor.


A current DoD clearance and/or SCI access with Polygraph is not required to be eligible for this position, however applicant must be willing and eligible for submission within 60-90 days after an offer is accepted and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance/access.  By applying to this position, you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire to evaluate your general ability to obtain the required security clearance or government customer access associated with this position.


Relocation for this position is not available.


Compensation & Benefits:


  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $33.17 - $44.71 per hour (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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