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Technical Specialist Associate - RF

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Westminster, CO, US, 80021

Date:  Sep 22, 2021
Job Category:  Engineering/ Technical
Req. ID:  7536

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 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.


Technical Specialist Associate - RF


What You’ll Do:


  • Execute specific step by step test procedures to record & verify test data results and report out of tolerance conditions.
  • Conduct and support performance and functional tests on flight hardware, electronic boards, boxes, antennas, assemblies, sub systems, and flight products, during all phases of the hardware evolution process.
  • Perform and assist in functional tests on, as well as monitor environmental testing parameters during Thermal Vacuum, Vibration, EMI, and Acoustics testing.
  • Provide direct technical support to a team during various (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) shift operations, as well as provide technical support during extended working hours, weekends, and holidays to meet critical schedules.
  • Work in a development and production setting, where you will fabricate and build cables & wire harnesses, for Ground Support Equipment, and provide wiring harness installation on chassis frames and system test consoles derived from drawings and build documents.
  • Provide technical support towards electrical, electro-mechanical, cryogenics, and electro-optical test set-ups.
  • Respond quickly to immediate tasks in their area of functional disciplines and develop cross functional skills.
  • Troubleshoot problems associated with the functionality or design of the products.
  • Perform ring-out and certification tests of the products used in the work centers.
  • Deliver work with a keen attention to cost and schedule and a consideration for the re-use and producibility.
  • Work effectively in a team environment, referring questions and problems to area Lead or Supervisor.
  • Support IRAD development of RF antenna assemblies and sub-assemblies to administer proof of concept protocols.  Some IRAD work checked through consultation and agreement with others rather than by formal review of each task.
  • Document and record specialized test set-up configurations, in order to replicate consistent and repeatable test results.
  • Apply touch labor skills in association with RF test facilities, RF chambers, and associated RF equipment, & tooling.
  • Work with mechanical tooling, jigs, and fixtures to fabricate and construct test set-up configurations.
  • Will be required to apply basic computer skills to input and access data via computer interface.
  • Will utilize reading and comprehension skills to follow documented build instruction.
  • Will be required to work effectively in a team environment, referring questions and problems to area Lead or Supervisor.
  • 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:


  • High School diploma or equivalent and 10 or more years of related experience, or a two-year technical degree with 8 or more years is required.
  • 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.
  • A current and active DoD Secret Security Clearance is required.
  • Aerospace, spacecraft, instrument, sub-assembly, experience is very beneficial.
  • Environmental testing experience e.g., Vibration, Thermal Vacuum, EMI, Acoustic is very beneficial.
  • Enhanced performance skills in various flight component test operations, is desired.
  • Willingness to submit personal information to obtain a TS/SCI clearance is beneficial to support future program operations.
  • Will need an electronic background or related degree to effectively support electronic test operations.
  • Must be versatile and contributes well to high-energy team environments.
  • Ability to independently operate Frequency analyzers, Spectrum analyzers, and O-scopes, Power supplies, Multi-Meters, and Data acquisition monitoring devices.
  • Ability to interpret electrical & mechanical drawings, specifications, notes, and wire lists.
  • An ability to be trained to obtain specialized certifications required, to perform the assembly and fabrication operations. (Clean room, ESD, FOD, Crane, Solder, Slicing, Crimping, J-STD, IPC-610/620)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to exercise them in a technical environment.
  • Will need a good mechanical aptitude, with solid dexterity and hand/eye coordination to work with hand tools.
  • Will be required to apply basic computer skills to input and access data via computer interface.
  • Must be a self-starter, ambitious, and a conscientious individual with a very high attention to detail.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds and work with heavy equipment, tooling and fixtures.


Working Conditions:


  • Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, clean room, or production floor.
  • 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: $28.37 - $38.46 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.



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