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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.
Engineer Principal - Payload Test
The Payload Systems Integration and Test team is seeking a Principal Engineer with minimum of 12 years of relevant engineering experience, to join our fast-paced team environment with other SEIT engineers to integrate and test payload hardware. In this role, you will take a leadership role and work with engineers from other discipline areas to develop test sets for the verification of payload functional and environmental performance requirements.
What You'll Do:
- Use off-the-shelf and custom Special Test Equipment to test and troubleshoot spaceflight payload hardware.
- Write, review, update, and review integration and test procedures as required by payload Assemble Integration and Test (AI&T) campaigns.
- Mentor and coach engineers of all experience levels on preparing test procedures.
- Maintain fabrication and test engineering logs, records and author test summary reports.
- Collaborate with internal company contacts and work with outside suppliers and customers for technical exchanges of information; take a leadership role when coordinating with customers and suppliers for program, design, and peer reviews.
- Provide technical oversight and support to teams of engineers and technicians.
- 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:
- 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.
- Degree(s) in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Thermal Engineering are highly preferred.
- Testing experience with spaceflight instruments or related aerospace, electrical, mechanical, optical, or thermal hardware, components and systems.
- Test experience using software test automation applications and tools such as: COSMOS and LabVIEW is preferred.
- Experienced in design, development and validation of test sets in cleanroom, laboratory, and/or production environments.
- Experience working in an ISO Class 7/8 cleanrooms in proximity to electro-sensitive devices is highly preferred.
- Good interpersonal skills and work well in a team environment.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel, et al.).
- Aerospace or military experience is highly desired.
- Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, and clean room, and occasionally outdoors or in remote research environments.
- 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.
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.
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. For details, copy and paste https://bit.ly/3pNSnxv into your browser or visit our careers site.
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.