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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Principal Electrical Systems Engineer in Westminster, 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.

Principal Electrical System Engineer (TS/SCI Required)

Create electrical subsystems of the future. Ball Aerospace in beautiful Westminster and Boulder, Colorado designs electrical subsystems for challenging space, air, and ground applications. We are looking for a technical leader with expertise in electrical subsystem technologies who can craft electrical solutions for a wide variety of remote sensing and controls related applications. You can Go Beyond with Ball ! to realize your imagination and build an awesome life along the way at the gateway to the Rocky Mountains.

What You’ll Do :

•Provide technical leadership for multidisciplinary system team (optical, mechanical, focal plane, thermal, RF, software) including suppliers to create, influence and define discriminating electronics solutions to complex customer needs

•Provide subject matter expertise in the area of space-based electronics systems for spacecraft, payload, and components.

•Compose objective, quantifiable trade studies incorporating heritage system designs as well as new technologies and supplier capabilities to guide critical architectural decisions affecting the performance of other systems and subsystems

•System level modeling and simulation, analysis, trades, risk assessment, requirements derivation, allocation and flow down.

•Maintain end-to-end electrical compatibility, functional allocations and margins across entire system

•Lead resolution of hardware anomalies at the system level and determine root cause and corrective action.

•Identify and mitigate technical risks early in the design phase.

•Clearly capture requirements, analysis, trades, error budgets, and margins and present analysis, findings, and design to peers, internal management, and customers throughout program phases (Proposal, IBR, SRR, PDR, CDR, IV&V).

•Mentor junior engineers in mission understanding, electrical subsystem technologies and concepts.

•Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.

•Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the SBU/SSU 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 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.

•Active TS/SCI clearance required.

•Strong problem solving, decision making (related to cost, schedule, technical and risk), and closure skills (dedication to close open items/issues) to ensure mission success

•Demonstrated behaviors of a systems thinker; selects and applies appropriate systems thinking skills to solve very complex problems and implement constructive change

•Track record of creating and delivering space based electronics systems and subsystems

•Knowledge of interface and design documentation, such as functional block diagrams, PCB design, layout, and fabrication documentation skills

•Experience with electrical design integration, cable & harness design, and/or command & telemetry database development background

•Experience through the entire system lifecycle from concept, design, production, integration, test, launch, to operation support.

•Strong presentation skills and ability to communicate complex concepts to widely varying audiences.

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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