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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace PL SEIT Test Engineer Principal - Optical 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 at https://jobs.ball.com/aerospace/ or connect with us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/ball-aerospace , Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ballaerospace/ , Twitter at https://twitter.com/BallAerospace or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/ballaerospace/ .

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 Principal – Optical

This position is for a payload system integration and test engineer with at least 12 years of relevant experience with a specialty in optical systems.

What You'll Do

  • Work in a fast-paced team environment with other SEIT engineers to integrate and test payload hardware.

  • Use off-the-shelf and custom Special Test Equipment to test and troubleshoot spaceflight payload hardware.

  • Take a leadership role, working 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 optical performance specifications as required by payload AI&T campaigns. Mentor and coach engineers of all experience levels on preparing test procedures.

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

  • Take a leadership role, interfacing and coordinating with customers and suppliers for program, design, and peer reviews.

  • Provide technical oversight and support to teams of engineers and technicians around topics of optical test sets and optical performance testing.

  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the SBU/SSU 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

  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 12 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.

  • Experience in optical alignment techniques of spaceflight instruments is required.

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

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

  • Experience in the design, development and validation of optical test sets in cleanroom, laboratory, and/or production environments is required. An understanding of radiometric, spatial, and/or spectral test approaches is required; expert level understanding of at least one of these approaches is required.

  • 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.

US CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Minority, Female, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Veterans

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