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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Principal Test Engineer-Tactical Solutions Electro Optical Test Engineer in Westminster, Colorado

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

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 or connect with us on LinkedIn , Facebook , Twitter or Instagram .

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 Test Engineer – Tactical Solutions Electro Optical Test Engineer

What you’ll do:

•This position will report to the Manager of Tactical Solutions Systems and Test Engineering. This position has responsibility for leading test engineering tasks associated with the development, qualification, and acceptance testing efforts of electro optical tactical systems and sub systems. Our mission is to support the war fighter.

•Perform test engineering tasks throughout the lifecycle of tactical programs or R&D projects.

•Develop, plan, and execute qualification tests on electro optical systems.

•Author test plans and procedures.

•Perform data analyses and develop test reports.

•Interface with systems engineering on requirements flow down.

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

•Develop and present Test Readiness Reviews (TRR).

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

•Serve as a team leader and mentor junior test engineers.

•Support proposal efforts as necessary.

•Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.

•Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Unit/Strategic Support Unit 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 Secret security clearance is required.

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

•Experience executing electro-optical system programs from concept development and program kick- off through post-delivery support.

•Experience with test execution and anomaly resolution.

•Experience with test data management.

•Ability to coordinate activities of a diverse team, predict and meet schedules, resolve disconnects.

•Excellent communication skills are essential; including the ability to understand the customer’s needs and provide clear communication of proposed solutions to both Ball management and the customer.

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 is highly likely. Travel to other non-Ball locations may be required.

Current Clearance 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.

Compensation & Benefits

  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $135,000 - $170,500 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant internal equity, and alignment with market data.)

  • This position includes a competitive benefits package. Click here ( to learn more.


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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