Engineer II - Spacecraft & Mission Modeling at Ball Aerospace (Greater Denver Area, CO)

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At Ball Aerospace, we care about the health and safety of our team members, their families and our communities. Ball Aerospace will comply with Executive Order 14042 and all team members will be required to provide proof of completed vaccination status as a condition of employment as stated within the Order, subject to approved medical or religious accommodations.

Clearance Requirement: A current, active TS/SCI 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.

Engineer II - Spacecraft & Mission Modeling

Join the Mission Modeling team at Ball Aerospace – a diverse group of motivated problem solvers. We are adventurous in the way approach technical challenges and how we enjoy life outside of work. We're excited about the challenging projects we support and have a strong commitment to the missions we enable. Our team develops integrated tools to evaluate space mission architectures and performs analysis with those tools for projects across the company.

We’re looking for an experienced spacecraft engineer to contribute to our strong reputation for creativity and technical excellence, while helping to define the future of Ball. You will support development and deployment of our rapid bus concept exploration tool. Successful candidates will specialize in spacecraft design, modeling and simulation, with a focus on analyzing spacecraft concepts against mission-level needs. 

This job consists of three major tasks: (1) Developing and implementing models of spacecraft, (2) validating those models within our spacecraft design tool, and (3) performing analysis of spacecraft designs using the tool for a variety of projects across defense and civil mission areas. Your modeling and analysis results will directly influence the development of future space systems.

To accomplish those tasks, you'll work directly with spacecraft subject matter experts, chief engineers, and business development leads to add new models and features to our analysis tools. You’ll also contribute to strategic planning on how to evolve and deploy the tool to best satisfy business and customer needs.

The mission modeling team is highly collaborative. As a group we tackle many analysis and development projects simultaneously. Everyone on the team supports one another, and multiple growth opportunities exist within the group and within the company.

What You’ll Do:

  • Developing and Implementing Spacecraft Models:
    • Research physics first-principals that govern spacecraft design and compile data on historical flight programs.
    • Synthesize data and physics into spacecraft sizing approaches and models.
    • Review Python code implementation and approving code updates.
  • Validating Spacecraft Models:
    • Develop code tests and performing code performance characterization.
    • Work with the dev team to ensure model updates and code fixes are incorporated.
  • Performing Spacecraft Analyses:
    • Work with multiple stakeholders to perform technical trades studies and investigate large spacecraft and mission design spaces.
    • Provide engineering support across multiple and diverse new business pursuits by developing concepts to meet customer mission needs.
    • Create clear presentations that explain analyses, results, interpretations, and insights. Deliver your presentations to peers, management, and customers.
    • Contribute to completion of milestones within specific projects and collaborate on solutions to a variety of technical problems.
  • Learn about Ball spacecraft; understand strategic goals for engineering and various missions.
  • Evaluate applications of Ball spacecraft and interdependences between subsystems. 
  • Develop strong relationships with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Review spacecraft sizing approaches, models, and test results with subject matter experts.
  • Document your research, sizing methods, test approaches, and analysis results.
  • Contribute to internal research and development (IRAD) and new technology concepts.
  • Share your engineering knowledge with team members, and coach them when applicable.
  • Understand how a space system architecture (Payload, CONOPs, ground systems, launch vehicle) interacts with spacecraft design.
  • Opportunities to be involved with development of other mission modeling tools are highly likely. This includes tools for simulating and visualizing orbital mechanics, collection CONOPS, mission performance modeling, and multiple payload phenomenologies.
  • 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. 

What You’ll Need:

  • BS 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.
  • A current, active TS/SCI security clearance is required.
  • Spacecraft design experience from a systems engineering perspective is required. Additional subsystem experience is preferred (ADCS/GNC, EPDS, Telecom, Propulsion, C&DH, Thermal).
  • Excellent collaboration, team, and communication skills (both written and oral).
  • Excellent planning, documentation, and organization skills.
  • Goal-oriented with a proven record of success in executing challenging tasks.
  • A big picture perspective and a strong interest in learning.
  • Familiarity with systems engineering principles, and basic understanding of systems of systems.
  • Familiarity with complex systems design methods is preferred (surrogate modeling, optimization approaches, decision making).
  • Strong analytic modeling and simulation capabilities.
  • Experience with large data sets or data science principles is a plus.
  • Ability to dissect complex problems and identify key performance drivers.
  • A strong sense of how requirements and subsystem dependencies impact spacecraft design.
  • A general sense of how cost, schedule, and risk impact spacecraft design.
  • Interest in interacting with a wide variety of stakeholders across the company about desired future capabilities in the 2- to 5-year time horizon.
  • Ability to read and review Python code is required.
  • Experience with Matlab, C, C++, STK, Python, and/or JMP is a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience in systems engineering, including Architecture Development, Performing Trade Studies, MBSE, and CONOPS development is desired.

Working Conditions:

  • Ball Aerospace is a drug-free workplace, which is imperative to the health and safety of all employees and is required as a condition of receiving contracts from federal agencies. Please remember that regardless of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and other states, possession and use continues to be illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This includes the use of some CBD products. A post-offer, pre-employment drug test is a condition of employment.
  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or cleanroom, 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.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $104,500 - $129,500 (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. For details, copy and paste into your browser or visit our careers site.


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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Ball Aerospace Benefits Overview

At Ball, we invest in what matters — OUR EMPLOYEES! A comprehensive health care and insurance benefits package provided by Ball is just one of the rewards our employees get for the time and talent they give to Ball. Additional benefits to being a part of the Ball Aerospace family include professional development programs, annual tuition reimbursement, 11 paid holidays, and 17 Ball employee networks and interest groups to promote a diverse and inclusive workforce. We also offer retirement and savings benefits, an employee stock purchase plan with a 20% company match, 401(k) and company match, and employee assistance programs such as paid parental leave. Our internship program is also top-notch, with about 100 paid internships offered each year. From our community and culture to a focus on sustainability, our employees can find a sense of belonging at Ball.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Documented equal pay policy
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Unconscious bias training
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Ball Aerospace has 17 employee networks and interest groups to help promote a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
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Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Our Employee Assistance Program is provided at no cost to Ball employees. The EAP is a professional service that offers confidential counseling, information & support for all types of issues.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Starting in 2022, Ball will contribute 5% of an employee’s eligible pay to the 401(k) after December 31 each year.
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Employees can purchase Ball company stock, up to $9,000 annually. Ball matches 20% of first $6,000 purchased by employee. Stock may be sold at any time.
Performance Bonus
A 401(K) performance sharing match.
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Ball has a matching gift program for donations through Benevity. We also match higher education contributions.
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Child Care Benefits
The Back-Up Care Advantage Program through Bright Horizons® provides employees with emergency back-up care when regular child care or adult/elder care arrangements fall through.
Generous Parental Leave
Mothers and fathers at Ball may be able to take up to 2 weeks (80 hours) of paid leave (100% of base salary) to care for and bond with a newborn, newly adopted, or newly placed foster care child.
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With approval, employees may work remotely as needed, temporarily, or on a more regular basis. Certain eligibility requirements exist based on the type of work and the needs of the department.
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Generous PTO
Vacation accrual starts immediately and is based on service date. Unused vacation can be rolled over and accrued up to 150% of the allotted vacation time.
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