Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace SEM / Metallurgical Lab Engineer I (663349) in Boulder, Colorado

Who We Are:

Ball Aerospace leads the way in designing, developing and manufacturing innovative aerospace systems. We take on some of the most complex and exciting challenges in the universe--from space and Earth science to national security and intelligence programs.

We produce spacecraft, instruments and sensors, RF and microwave technologies, data exploitation solutions, and a variety of advanced aerospace technologies and products. In addition, we pioneered the development of the commercial remote sensing market, producing spacecraft and imaging systems that helped spawn a market-driven demand for imagery.

Our success is built on more than products or systems. Our team of more than 3,000 engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff drives all the achievements at Ball Aerospace. Whether contributing to a better understanding of the universe or helping keep our nation safe, our people bring their diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills together to achieve a common mission.


Engineer I – M&P; Development Lab

What You’ll Do:

  • Support multiple physical and chemical laboratories in a variety of capacities including sampling, sample prep, analysis, interpretation of results, and reporting
  • Perform, support, and lead tasks in a physical analysis laboratories including SEM, SEM-EDS, SEM-XRF, cross sectioning, metallurgical analysis, hardness, and microscopic examination
  • Support and lead investigations into new materials for use in aerospace applications
  • Support and lead failure analysis (physical, chemical, and electrical) investigations utilizing various technologies, offer data-based root cause determination, and provide effective resolution to such investigations.
  • Daily work effort is in support of existing test procedures and development of new test protocols.
  • Program test equipment and data acquisition of various formats
  • Develop and maintain Microsoft based databases with frequent development of macros
  • Author reports, test procedures, presentations, and specifications
  • Maintain and repair various test equipment and apparatuses
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the team, the department, the organization, the Strategic Business Units, the Strategic support units, and the company
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule
  • Perform other duties as assigned

What You’ll Need:

  • BS or higher in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Metallurgical Engineering or related technical degree is required, plus 2 or more years of related experience.
  • Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of 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 performing failure analysis of electrical and mechanical components, including sample preparation and SEM inspection
  • Working knowledge of IPC-A-600, MIL-PRF-580, and/or MIL-STD-883 a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of manufacture of electrical components or PWBs.
  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills is required
  • Effective demonstrated creativity in failure investigations preferred
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance.

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.

Security Clearance:

Successful applicant for this position must be eligible to obtain a DoD clearance. A current DoD clearance is not required to be eligible for this position, however the successful applicant will be required to obtain a DoD clearance within a reasonable time after the offer is extended and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance. * US Citizenship is Required


Relocation for this position is NOT Available

EEO Statement:


Equal Opportunity Employer

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

Job Title: SEM / Metallurgical Lab Engineer I (663349)

Job ID: 663349

Location: CO - Boulder

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular