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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Associate Technical Specialist - CMM programmer 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 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.

Associate Technical Specialist - CMM Programmer

In this position, you will utilize your extensive inspection experience of mechanical inspection, programming coordinate measurement machines (CMM) and/or optical CMMs, and abilities to do open setup measurement on all sorts of components and machined parts made from a variety of metals and plastics. You will quickly become proficient in Ball’s systems that plan and control manufacturing, part specifications, engineering drawings, and MRP/ERP.

What You'll Do

  • Inspect mechanical material and articles for conformance to purchase order requirements, engineering drawings, and specifications using visual, mechanical and machine test methods.

  • Verify received goods and internally produced machined items meet the requirements of process standards and specifications utilizing various mechanical inspection equipment, such as calipers, micrometers, thread gages, magnifiers, microscopes, and CMMs.

  • Create and utilize programmable CMMs using PC-DMIS and/or Calypso software. You may teach others how to program and measure parts using the CMM.

  • Utilize optical comparators and more advanced mechanical inspection tools and gages

  • Accept or reject material or articles and to identify and document anomalies and non-conformances.

  • Create and maintain inspection records utilizing many different electronic information systems.

  • Obtain and maintain all process certification required for assigned tasks.

  • Learn and utilize x-ray florescence testing to determine material composition and alloy and identify prohibited materials and metal alloys.

  • Mentor and train junior staff, provide input on process improvement, and may help direct and lead others.

  • 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

  • High School diploma or equivalent plus 10 years or more related experience or a related 2-year technical degree and 8 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.

  • Demonstrated expertise doing inspection activities and be able to articulate your experience recording inspection results, performing inspection operations, interpreting specifications, and using electronic information systems.

  • Ability to describe how you use your good problem-solving abilities, your mechanical aptitude, and your training to tackle tough inspection challenges and how you have improved over your career.

  • Expertise, experience, and training in CMM programming and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing to ASME Y14.5.

  • Ability to master electronic information systems and tools. This is often rooted in good computer skills and aptitude.

  • Ability to understand and consistently follow work instructions and checklists.

  • Ability to use microscopes and magnifiers and handle very small parts.

  • Ability to clearly and professionally communicate in both written and oral formats.

  • Proficiency using Windows and common Microsoft Office applications.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, clean room, or production floor.

  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.


Relocation for this position is not 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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