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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Senior Antenna (Phased Arrays) RF Design Engineer in Westminster, Colorado

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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

Senior Antenna (Phased Arrays) RF Design Engineer

This senior position will have phased array antennas and RF design engineering as its area of specialization.

What you’ll do:

•Phased array antenna and antenna-related RF component design and development along with new business support; typically supporting more than one program at a time.

•Antenna requirement evaluation, initial concept trade-off and development, in-house and customer presentations, travel, and technical proposal writing and cost/schedule estimating.

•Be responsible for the hands-on design and realization of phased array antennas, RF circuits, and components.

•Design RF circuit architecture to control and support radiating elements for overall phased array performance.

•Investigate new technologies and applications for phased array antennas.

•Applies extensive technical expertise and has full knowledge of other related disciplines.

•Mentor and guide more junior engineers and technicians in the design, build, and test phases of projects and programs.

•Guides the successful completion of major programs and may function in a project leadership role.

•Work is performed without appreciable direction. Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment.

•Develops technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity.

•Represents the organization as the prime technical contact on contracts and projects. Interacts with senior external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations.

•Interface effectively with people at all levels and from diverse areas, seek out responsibilities and opportunities to contribute, regularly meets with customers, provide leadership to groups and teams and guidance to less experienced employees.

•Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Units, and the rest of the company. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.

•Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.

•Perform other duties as necessary.

What you’ll need:

•BS degree or higher in Electrical Engineering or a related technical field is required, plus 8 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.

•In addition to the typical educational and experience requirements, a demonstrated capability to adequately perform the essential functions and responsibilities of the position and exhibit the skills and competencies of the grade level should be considered.

•Requires full competency in core RF engineering and antenna theory and skills and potentially stronger specialization in phased array concepts and technologies (RADAR, high data rate communications, etc.).

•Strong verbal and written communication skills. Makes presentations and may lead group discussions.

•Experience and skills to effectively contribute to successful producibility of designs and to cost, budget, and schedule control.

•Experience with design of phased array antennas and RF components (radiating elements, radomes, power dividers, couplers, transitions, multi-layer board designs, etc.).

•Analytical design experience using software and simulation tools such as AWR Microwave Office/Agilent ADS, CST, FEKO, HFSS, and SENTRI.

•Experience and proficiency in programming, data manipulation, and data visualization in MATLAB.

•Must be able to create effective test plans; schedule and execute measurements at internal and external facilities; perform measurement analysis and troubleshooting;

•Demonstrated ability to apply significant technical expertise in RF engineering and to leverage knowledge of other related disciplines.

•Current security clearance is preferred but not required.

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.


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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