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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Principal Engineer-Guidance, Navigation & Control (GN&C) - PART-TIME in Boulder, Colorado

Clearance Requirement: A current, active Top Secret security clearance is required.

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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.

Principal Engineer– Guidance, Navigation & Control (GN&C) Lead

This leadership position is for an experienced GN&C engineer who can lead a team to establish the baseline for space vehicles. This position will report to the manager of the Systems Engineering department. The responsibility includes developing the guidance, navigation, & control from design through execution for space flight programs.

What You’ll Do:

•Perform Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) engineering tasks throughout the lifecycle of programs or Research & Development (R&D) projects.

•Understand and refine requirements for: attitude knowledge and pointing, agility, line-of-sight stability, orbit position knowledge, delta-v accuracy, and payload sun avoidance.

•Provide analyses in the form of released documents: attitude knowledge and pointing budget, orbit determination and trajectory budget, agility analysis, maneuver settling, component selection & placement, emergency mode, dynamics & control system stability.

•Manage GN&C components’ interfaces.

•Support program gates such as the preliminary design review and critical design review.

•Estimate and manage GN&C team labor.

•Support the development, test and evaluation of hardware, software, support equipment and systems as required for GN&C.

•Support program from new business to flight including proposal support, concept development with trades; design of the GN&C procurement; integration & test (I&T) of the GN&C and on-orbit technical support for the GN&C

•Clearly and thoroughly document the GN&C approach in Systems Engineering Reports, including detailed description of technical designs and applicable Ball philosophy.

•Serve as the technical point of contact to external customers in GN&C area.

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

•Interact with program Systems Engineer to ensure GN&C design meets program needs.

•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 12 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.

•Current Top Secret security clearance is required.

•Experience with Microsoft Office products

•Advanced computer application skills, such as MATLAB, Simulink, C, C++, STK, and other analytical tools is a strong plus.

•Experience with simulator/hardware test development and execution, as well as mission operations is a plus.

•Demonstrated ability to write effective and verifiable requirements – detailed oriented.

•A strong technical foundation with a desire to learn and grow.

•Flexibility to manage differing technical opinions, evolving customer needs, challenging budgets and schedules, and limited resources is required.

•Effective in small team work environment with broad responsibilities and minimal oversight.

•A desire to learn - our culture fosters intellectual curiosity in a highly collaborative environment.

•Customer Relationships: Knowledge/experience working with customers and matching needs with cost and schedule requirements.

•Superb writing and presentation skills with experience communicating to senior decision-makers and technical audiences.

•Must be goal oriented with excellent organizational skills, a team mindset, and capable of coming up to speed quickly on assigned programs.

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.


Verification that your current security clearance or government customer access meets the requirement for this position will 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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