Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Principal Layout & Packaging Engineer (664265) in Westminster, Colorado

Who We Are:

Ball Aerospace leads the way in designing, developing and manufacturing innovative aerospace systems. We take on some of the most complex and exciting challenges in the universe--from space and Earth science to national security and intelligence programs.

We produce spacecraft, instruments and sensors, RF and microwave technologies, data exploitation solutions, and a variety of advanced aerospace technologies and products. In addition, we pioneered the development of the commercial remote sensing market, producing spacecraft and imaging systems that helped spawn a market-driven demand for imagery.

Our success is built on more than products or systems. Our team of more than 3,000 engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff drives all the achievements at Ball Aerospace. Whether contributing to a better understanding of the universe or helping keep our nation safe, our people bring their diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills together to achieve a common mission.


*Principal Layout and Packaging Engineer (Team Lead) *

Lead a group of Layout and Packaging individual contributors working in an Aerospace/Defense industry environment. Layout personnel implement cross discipline requirements to facilitate Printed Circuit board design from schematic capture to production release. Packaging personnel deliver high quality, expedient, cost effective design and documentation of electronic assemblies, PWBs, PWAs, wire harness/cabling, custom magnetics, STE and ancillary electronic subassemblies from concept to flight design release.

What You'll Do:

You will perform as a technical contributor >= 75% of the time. Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Interpret customer specifications and requirements to develop program plans/schedules, cost and man power estimates. Prepare proposals and provide technical support for new business areas.
  • Develop CAD models of ruggedized electronics designs and generate ICD’s, detailed and assembly drawings.
  • Develop product structures and manage long lead procurements.
  • Schematic capture, component placement, trace routing and documentation.
  • Interface with Electrical Engineers, Structural and Thermal Analysts, Materials and Process Control, PWB Fabrication and PWA manufacturing.
  • Value Stream Mapping activities relating to key improvement areas such as – lead forming process, automate loading of ECAD output files to drive manufacturing equipment, heat sink process, rapid prototyping support infrastructure
  • Involved with integration of new assembly equipment
  • Mentor team members to develop new talent
  • Responsible for meeting cost, schedule and technical requirements.
  • 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 to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.

The other <=25% of your time will be performing a functional leader role. Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Timecard approval
  • Performance Reviews
  • Managing to the budget
  • Assist with hiring and staffing activities
  • Career planning

What You’ll Need:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering (preferable) or Mechanical Engineering or related technical field is required, plus 12 or more years of relevant 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.
  • Experience/proficiency in numerous areas below:
  • CAD tools: Solidworks, Pro-E, SDRC I-Deas, AutoCAD
  • Agile PDM tool.
  • Military specifications and standards.
  • HDI technology relating to PCBs desirable.
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing per ASME Y14.5M.
  • Spacecraft cable and wire harness design.
  • Advanced packaging technologies, BGA's COTS, and MCM's.
  • Mentor Expedition or Cadence Allegro ECAD software.
  • MS Office tools and Mentor Graphics/Cadence Allegro PCB Design and schematic capture tools, Gerbtool and AutoCAD.
  • MIL-STD and IPC specifications.
  • GD&T.;
  • ECAD library creation and programming skills.
  • Signal integrity issues, current carrying capabilities, blind and buried via, imbedded passives, microvia and HDI requirements are a must.
  • Strong oral and written communicative skills and the ability to exercise them in a technical environment.

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. 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 within a reasonable time after the offer is extended and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance. * US Citizenship is Required


Relocation for this position is Available

EEO Statement:


Equal Opportunity Employer

Minority, Female, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Veterans.

Job Title: Principal Layout & Packaging Engineer (664265)

Job ID: 664265

Location: CO - Westminster

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular