Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Space Radio Frequency (RF) Telecommunications (Telecom) Subsystem Lead Senior Engineer in Boulder, Colorado
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Space Radio Frequency (RF) Telecommunications (Telecom) Senior Engineer
Leads RF Telecom Systems Engineering throughout the lifecycle of space vehicle (SV) development for major programs. An RF telecom subsystem may be an entire communications payload or a subassembly to carry tracking, telemetry, command, and instrument data between a space vehicle and relays or ground stations.
What You’ll Do
Lead subsystem technical team
Define architectures and support trade studies to appropriately scope subsystem design, assembly, integration, test, launch and early operation (LEOPS) for new proposals or studies
Understand, define, and manage subsystem requirements (Ex: Data volume, orbits, thermal, input/ouput, crypto, framing, EVM, jitter, pointing accuracy, etc)
Understand, define, and manage internal/external interfaces (Ex: Comm Payload to SV, SV comm-to-ground, component-to-component, etc)
Report cost, schedule, and technical status to internal/external customers
Define, quantify, manage, and report technical risks
Provide and/or support engineering analyses to demonstrate adequate subsystem performance and to verify satisfaction of technical requirements (Ex: link budgets, pointing accuracy, component performance, etc)
Support subsystem and program milestones/gates with appropriate analyses, presentations, and coordination
Support identification, procurement, development, test, and integration of hardware, software, and support equipment
Develop and manage an incremental assembly, integration, and test strategy to adequately demonstrate subsystem compliance to requirements and interface integrity
Support systems-level engineering trades
Support LEOPS, on-orbit test, and post-delivery plans and execution
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 8 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 clearance preferred. Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Clearance.
Experience in system requirements architecture definition, development, design, assembly and integration, test or operations of RF Telecom systems
Experience with space-qualified hardware components
Proven track record in producibility of designs with cost, budget, and schedule constraints
Ability to develop positive relationships with program and customer personnel
Awareness and management of system-level issues
Knowledge of systems engineering tools and techniques (DOORS, data and configuration management, risk management, etc.)
Knowledge of modeling tools and techniques to predict and budget RF Telecom system performance
New business development experience, including successful customer interaction, is desired
Excellent presentation and writing skills
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
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