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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Engineer Senior - Digital Design in Westminster, 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 or connect with us on LinkedIn at , Facebook at , Twitter at or Instagram at .

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.

Engineer Senior – Digital Design

What You'll Do:

  • Design digital hardware for space-based, high-reliability electronic systems. Assignments include design architectures utilizing FPGAs, microprocessors, soft-core processors, digital filters, image processing algorithms, and high speed SERDES communication interfaces/protocols like XAUI, sRIO, PCIe, and SpaceWire for communication and data processing for a variety of sensors – focal planes, detectors, gimbals, phased arrays.

  • Digital system partitioning and advanced function implementation in FPGAs.

  • Design and implement test fixtures including test plans for both chip-level and board level environments and create reusable circuits that can be utilized across multiple projects.

  • 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 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 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.

  • Strong electronic circuit design, hardware debugging, and electronic systems background.

  • Experience in design, documentation, and implementation of high-speed digital electronics, FPGAs, and embedded processor systems is desired.

  • Familiarity and experience with PCI, Ethernet, MIL-STD-1553, SERDES, SpaceWire, LVDS, and RS-422/485 protocols are required.

  • Familiarity and experience with implementing SRAM, SDRAM (DDR2/DDR3) and flash memory hardware interfaces is required.

  • Strong board design skills for high speed design, worst case analysis, digital timing analysis, and simulations.

  • Experience in developing specifications, cost, schedule, and resource requirements for digital designs.

  • Ability to work requirements and flow down for system/subsystem/box/board/component needs.

  • Experience with VPX, CompactPCI, AdvacedTCA, or VME systems and form factors is a plus.

  • Familiarity with low voltage switching regulator design is a plus.

  • Familiarity with Mentor Graphics DxD, OrCAD CIS for schematic design, and HyperLynx for SI/PI analysis is a plus.

  • Expertise in VHDL/Verilog, System Verilog and OVM/UVM, and Modelsim/Questa simulator is a plus.

  • Familiarity with ASIC tools, libraries, design flow and fabrication is a plus.

  • Experience with Ruby, Python, or C/C++ is a plus.

  • Knowledge of space radiation effects or rad-hard electronics design is a plus.

  • Space or military experience highly desired, but not required.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong presentation skills.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required.

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.

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.


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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