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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Guidance, Navigation & Controls-Senior Project Engineer (663002) in Boulder, Colorado

Job Title:

Guidance, Navigation & Controls-Senior Project Engineer (663002)

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CO - Boulder

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Who We Are:

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, Facebook or Twitter.


GN&C Senior Project Engineer

This leadership position is for a highly-experienced engineer or manager who can lead the Guidance, Navigation & Controls (GNC) team managing the cost, schedule and hardware content for spacecraft efforts across the company.

What You’ll Do:

  • GNC cost account manager and project engineer - This position is 70% management and 30% technical.

  • Work daily with the larger GNC team on procurements, and programmatics.

  • Establish strong vendor relationships for sensors (star trackers, sun sensors, magnetometers, inertial reference units, GPS receivers) and actuators (reaction wheels, CMGs, torque rods).

  • Prepare and manage hardware definition and interfaces. A strong hardware background is required.

  • Extensive technical writing (proposal development, contractual elements, procedural definitions, specifications, interfaces, analysis support and description documents).

  • Prepare and give presentations to peers, management and customers.

  • 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 in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 16 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.

  • Ability to obtain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.

  • Minimum of 8 years of direct experience in GNC Subsystem Design or Test.

  • A solid understanding of all aspects of planning, scheduling, hardware specifications, and interface control.

  • Previous earned value management experience.

  • Proven expertise in subcontract management.

  • Extensive experience with defining, developing and delivering space qualified hardware.

  • Intellectual curiosity combined with a strong desire to learn.

  • Strong oral, written, and presentation skills.

  • Effective in multidisciplinary large team work environment with leadership responsibilities.

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 applicant for this position must be eligible to obtain a DoD clearance or government customer access to classified/sensitive material. A current DoD clearance is not required to be eligible for this position, however the successful applicant will be required to obtain a DoD clearance or government customer access within a reasonable time after the offer is extended and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance. *US Citizenship is Required. By applying to this position you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire, if one is required, 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

EEO Statement:


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.