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Engineer Senior – Spacecraft Power Systems
At Ball Aerospace, you'll find work that matters and a culture based in collaboration, transparency and integrity. From revolutionary space missions and world-renowned sensors to data and cyber solutions, Ball Aerospace gives its employees unique opportunities to work on cutting-edge missions that help our customers learn about our planet, protect lives and build a better tomorrow. From our strong family culture to offering unique opportunities for career growth, our employees make Ball a great place to work.
Spacecraft power systems enable missions that save lives, protect our country, and push the envelope on what’s possible in science and technology.
You can be responsible for spacecraft and satellite power systems from cradle to grave… from the first thoughts about a new mission, through sizing, analyzing, designing, optimizing, building, testing, deploying, and experiencing the satisfaction of seeing on-orbit performance.
Bottom line, you’ll have the flexibility to do what you love, and the opportunity to discover more things you love to do.
What You’ll Do:
- Collaborate with a team of ~15 other power system engineers as part of your core team at Ball Aerospace.
- The power systems team will collaborate on tackling complex and challenging tasks.
- Together you will support spacecraft power system development at each phase of the program lifecycle.
- Own several different spacecraft power system roles as the need arises.
- Function as responsible engineer for a battery or solar array.
- Develop a new payload interface box.
- Provide power system sizing for a proposal.
- Lead the power system engineering for a spacecraft.
- Contribute toward advancements in power system architectures for new missions.
- Represent the power systems team to the space vehicle program at all levels, ensuring the power system can meet the mission needs.
- Participate both broadly and deeply in power systems for our space missions.
- Your contributions result in more pictures taken, more planets found, more storms tracked, more intelligence gathered.
- 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 8 or more years related experience
- Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. 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. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education.
- Minimum of 4 years direct experience in spacecraft electrical power subsystem engineering or electrical power test or electrical power operations preferred.
- A desire to learn – our culture fosters intellectual curiosity.
- A strong technical foundation – people who flourish behave like owners.
- Effectiveness in small teams with broad responsibilities, with eagerness to work for the success of the team.
- Comfortable working in a collaborative team environment.
- Strong oral, written, and presentation skills.
- Capability to learn and apply tools to perform solar array, battery, power conversion, and distribution sizing, and performance analysis.
- Detailed knowledge relating to some, or all, of the following:
- Lithium-ion batteries
- Solar arrays
- Power control and distribution
- Power conversion, regulation, and/or direct energy transfer architectures
- Charge control methods and power fault protection
- Experience with power simulation tools (e.g., PSPICE, MATLAB, etc.).
- Experience with defining, developing and delivering space qualified hardware.
- Demonstrated capability to adequately perform the essential functions and responsibilities of the position and exhibit the skills and competencies of the level.
- 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.
Relocation for this position is available.
Compensation & Benefits:
- HIRING SALARY RANGE: $126,500 - $159,500 (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 MAY BE 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.