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Engineer II – Guidance, Navigation & Control (GN&C)
This position is for a GN&C engineer who can work in a team to establish the baseline for space vehicles. This position will report to the program lead and to the manager of the Systems Engineering department. The responsibility includes developing the guidance, navigation, & control from design through execution for space flight programs.
What You’ll Do:
- Perform Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) Engineering tasks throughout the lifecycle of programs or Research & Development (R&D) projects with direction from your mentor.
- Understand and refine requirements for: attitude knowledge and pointing, agility, line-of-sight stability, orbit position knowledge, delta-v accuracy, and payload sun avoidance.
- Provide analyses in the form of released documents: attitude knowledge and pointing budget, orbit determination and trajectory budget, agility analysis, maneuver settling, component selection & placement, emergency mode, dynamics & control system stability.
- Understand GN&C components’ interfaces.
- Support program gates such as the preliminary design review and critical design review.
- Provide inputs to estimate GN&C team labor.
- Support the development, test and evaluation of hardware, software, support equipment and systems as required for GN&C.
- Support program from new business to flight including proposal support, concept development with trades; design of the GN&C; procurement; integration & test (I&T) of the GN&C; and on-orbit technical support for the GN&C
- Clearly and thoroughly document the GN&C approach in Systems Engineering Reports, including detailed description of technical designs and applicable Ball philosophy.
- 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:
- Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required, plus 5 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.
- Experience in Guidance, Navigation, Control (GNC), Attitude Determination & Control Subsystem (ADCS), Dynamics & Control Systems, or related space vehicle systems is desired.
- Current Top Secret security clearance is required.
- Experience with Microsoft Office products
- Advanced computer application skills, such as MATLAB, Simulink, C, C++, STK, and other analytical tools is a strong plus.
- Experience with simulator/hardware test development and execution, as well as mission operations is a plus.
- A technical foundation with a desire to learn and grow.
- Flexibility to manage differing technical opinions, evolving customer needs, challenging budgets and schedules, and limited resources.
- Effective in small team work environment with broad responsibilities and minimal oversight.
- A desire to learn and ask questions - our culture fosters intellectual curiosity in a highly collaborative environment.
- Superb writing and presentation skills.
- Top candidates will be goal oriented individuals with excellent organizational skills, a team mindset, and capable of coming up to speed quickly on assigned programs.
- 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.
This position is eligible for a Hiring Incentive of up to $10,000 for external hires only.
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: $102,000 - $126,500 (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.
US CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED
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.