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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Payloads SI&T Engineer I - FPA/Camera Test in Boulder, Colorado

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.

PL SEIT Test Engineer I – FPA/Camera Test

This position is for a payload system integration and test engineer with at least 2 years of relevant experience with a specialty in testing Focal Plane Array / Camera systems.

What You'll Do

  • Work in a fast-paced team environment with other SEIT engineers to integrate and test payload hardware, spending some time in a clean room environment.

  • Use off-the-shelf and custom Special Test Equipment to test and troubleshoot spaceflight payload hardware, including configuring network settings, image capture software, and command and control scripts.

  • Work with engineers of other disciplines to develop test sets tailored for the verification of payload functional and environmental performance requirements.

  • Write, review, update, and review integration and test procedures around FPA/Camera performance specifications as required by payload AI&T campaigns.

  • Maintain fabrication and test engineering logs, records and author test summary reports.

  • Interface with internal company contacts and outside suppliers for technical exchanges of information.

  • Provide technical support to teams of engineers and technicians around topics of FPA/Camera test sets and performance testing.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the PL SEIT department, Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Units and the Company. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.

  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.

  • Perform other duties as necessary.

What You'll Need

  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 2 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.

  • Current Top-Secret security clearance is highly desired.

  • Experience in reviewing test scripts, electronics interface control documents, and flight software documentation is highly desirable. Experience in developing and performing FPA/Camera and system-level integration, functional, and environmental procedures and tests is highly desirable. Experience in documenting and troubleshooting test anomalies is highly desirable.

  • Experience in the testing of spaceflight instruments or related aerospace, mechanical, optical, or thermal hardware, components and systems is highly desirable.

  • Knowledge and test experience using software test automation applications and tools such as MATLAB, IMAQ, COSMOS, and LabVIEW is desirable.

  • Knowledge of scripting languages like Java, Python, C++ or similar is desirable.

  • Experience in the design, development and validation of test sets in cleanroom, laboratory, and/or production environments is highly desirable.

  • Experience working in an ISO Class 7/8 cleanrooms in proximity to electro-sensitive devices is desirable.

  • Candidate should have good interpersonal skills and work well in a team environment.

  • Candidate should be proficient in MS Office tools.

  • Aerospace or military experience is desired but not required.

  • Applicants selected may be subjected to a government security investigation and may be expected to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or clean room, 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.

Future Clearance Required:

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 available.

Compensation & Benefits

  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $80,000 - $99,000 (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. Click here ( to learn more.


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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