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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Optical Engineer I- Optical Engineer I - Optical Hardware and Lab Support 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 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.

Optical Engineer I - Optical Hardware and Lab Support

In this exciting career starting position with Ball Aerospace, you will have a great deal of responsibility and opportunity in the Optical Engineering field. Over time you will gain experience over the full life cycle of a project. You will also be expected to develop leadership skills as your experience builds.

What You'll Do:

  • Work with optics that will be integrated into complex space-based optical sensors for NASA and DoD markets.

  • Work hands-on with optical hardware as well as perform analytical work and technology development.

  • Work in a cross-disciplinary environment with engineers and technicians from other engineering fields.

  • Build custom optical measurement setups.

  • Operate optical instrumentation such as Interferometers, Theodolites, Laser Trackers, etc.

  • Make measurements and analyze data using basic math skills.

  • Produce data packages and reports using Microsoft Office tools.

  • Work with teams of engineers to perform development, integration, alignment, and test activities on optical systems.

  • Work in an independent manner with minimal direction and supervision.

  • Able to supervise and instruct technicians or junior engineers.

  • 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:

  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 2 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.

  • Degree in Optical Engineering preferred.

  • Knowledge of optical design and engineering fundamentals.

  • Experience with optical alignment techniques.

  • Working knowledge of Geometric, Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).

  • Experience working from concept through delivery of spaceflight rated hardware including data analysis and report generation is preferred.

  • Multi-disciplined technical skills relevant to the build of optical systems (e.g. bonding, mechanical assembly, electrical wiring, precision cleaning, understanding of machining capabilities, space craft integration, etc.)

  • Solid interpersonal skills demonstrated thru excellent communication skills (verbal and written).

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools.

  • Ability to work at all Ball Aerospace’s Colorado campuses (Boulder, Broomfield and Westminster) for extended periods of time.

  • Ability and willingness to obtain a security clearance; Top Secret (TS/SCI) clearance with a current favorable single scope background investigation or Top Secret (DoD TS) is desired.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or cleanroom, 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.

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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