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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Machinist Prototype 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 Operations Strategic Support Unit plays a fundamental role in enabling efficient business and program execution – from technologies and investments to supply chain, manufacturing and test operations, facilities management, and information technology services.

Machinist Prototype

What You'll Do:

  • Support all machining operations in a prototype environment

  • Apply advanced knowledge and skills in area of specialization. May adapt procedures, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet special needs. Substantial level of competencies in one or more areas of specialization.

  • Setup and operate vertical milling machines to mill, drill, bore, precision parts with basic setups to (less than 0.001) tolerances.

  • Capable of using programming software (Master CAM) to support the operation of CNC machines.

  • Design and fabricate basic holding fixtures.

  • Remain flexible to support machine shop execution with flexibility with shifts and assignments

  • Use basic inspection equipment to check parts per ANSI Y14.5.

  • Review and interpret electronic build documents for machining requirements.

  • Maintain required electronic build records and process logs, records, and reports in accordance with Ball Aerospace policies/procedures and government regulations.

  • May make suggestions relating to the machining and fabrication of intricate complex hardware.

  • May develop feed and speed information for new materials and new types of cutting tools.

  • 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 in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.

  • Perform other duties as necessary.

What You'll Need:

  • High School diploma or equivalent plus 6 years or more related experience or a related 2-year technical degree and 4 years or more related experience.

  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e., Bachelor’s or Master’s, may substitute for two years of related experience. 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.

  • Basic operation of computers.

  • Must be able to effectively participate in a team environment with members from all disciplines.

  • Ability to support work on Westminster Campus

  • Master CAM experience a plus

  • Haas or Milltronics experience a plus

  • Experience with a variety of materials is a plus (aluminum, composites and specialty materials)

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in a machine shop.

  • 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.


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