Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Engineer II-System Safety (664725) 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 II – System Safety

Apply engineering and management principles, criteria, and techniques to optimize all aspects of safety within the constraints of operational effectiveness, time, and cost throughout all phases of a system’s life cycle.

What you'll do:

  • System Safety Engineering and development of MIL-STD-882 compliant system safety program plans to provide engineering teams with application of safety programs, policies and guidance.
  • Review system and subsystem designs, assembly, integration and test operations, launch processing operations, critical processes, test readiness review documentation, and hazardous procedures to assure the safety of personnel, flight hardware, support equipment, facilities and the environment.
  • Communicate safety requirements and capabilities to a diverse group of engineers, subject matter experts, and users; input to system/subsystem level functional, performance, and interface specifications to document safety requirements.
  • Evaluate the safety of structures and mechanisms, command and data handling, guidance navigation and control, electrical power subsystems, RF communications, propulsion systems, thermal control, materials, software, ground support equipment, and facilities.
  • Independently complete safety analyses including preliminary, subsystem, system and integrated hazards analyses, failure mode and effects analyses, fault tree analyses, probabilistic risk assessments, operating and support hazard analysis, and software safety analysis.
  • Prepare safety documentation including requirements compliance checklists, Missile System Prelaunch Safety Packages, Safety Data Packages, Safety Assessment Reports, and hazard reports for program, customer, and governmental (Range Safety) approval.
  • Generate and implement safety standards, work instructions, processes, procedures, and guidance to adequately mitigate identified hazards and risks.
  • Investigate and prepare mishap reports for close calls and incidents involving personnel injury or hardware damage.
  • Support launch site processing operations.
  • Provide surveillance of critical product testing and transportation and handling activities via application of corporate “Move Safe” program.
  • 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:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field, plus 5 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.
  • Progressive experience in the System Safety or Systems Engineering discipline including demonstrated leadership abilities; in depth knowledge of system safety and systems engineering concepts, principles, and techniques.
  • Excellent working knowledge of MIL-STD-882 and AFSPCMAN 91-710 and NASA-STD-8719.24 range safety user’s requirements.
  • Ability to be part of an integrated technical team tasked with defining the physical, functional, and technical architecture necessary to develop spacecraft, instruments, and components.
  • Excellent communications skills (written and oral). Able to communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings to peers, management, and external customers.
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation desirable.

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 candidate will have completed a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. *U.S. Citizenship is Required.


Relocation for this position is Available

EEO Statement:


Equal Opportunity Employer

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

Job Title: Engineer II-System Safety (664725)

Job ID: 664725

Location: CO - Boulder

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular