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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Space Radio Frequency (RF) Telecommunications (Telecom) Project Engineer II in Boulder, Colorado

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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.

Spacecraft RF Telecommunications Project Engineer II

This leadership position is for a highly-experienced engineer or manager who can help the Communications (Comm) subsystem team manage the cost, schedule, and hardware content for spacecraft efforts across the company.

What You’ll Do:

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

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

•Establish strong vendor relationships for antennas (LGAs, HGAs), active components (TWTAs, modulators, demodulators, transponders) and passive components (triplexers, rotary joints, waveguides, coax cables).

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

•Evaluate and manage the Comm subsystem risks and present to customer.

•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.

•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 in Engineering or a related technical field is preferred plus 12 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.

•Minimum of 6 years of direct experience in RF Component or Comm Subsystem Design or Test.

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

•Previous earned value management experience is highly desired.

•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 broad responsibilities and minimal oversight.

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.


Future Clearance Required:

A current DoD clearance and/or SCI access with Polygraph is not required to be eligible for this position, however applicant must be willing and eligible for submission within 60-90 days after an offer is accepted and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance/access. By applying to this position, you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire 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.


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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