Technical Intern - Systems Engineering Integration & Test at Ball Aerospace
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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.
The Ball Aerospace Internship Program is a 10-week summer program that provides interns with practical experience working on relevant projects while working with designated mentors; access to state-of-the-art equipment; a competitive wage; relocation reimbursement; in-house training; group activities; possible future employment and the ability to participate in the Ball Aerospace Remote Sensing Team (BIRST) program to build and launch a rocket or high-altitude balloon. At the conclusion of your internship, you will be required to prepare and deliver a formal presentation of your project work to your respective department.
Technical Intern – Systems Engineering Integration & Test
At Ball Aerospace, Systems and Test Engineers work to ensure the technical success of the entire system. Systems Engineers verify not only that the components function on their own, but also when integrated together. They are involved in every stage of the product lifecycle, from the conception of tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies to proposal writing, detailed design, assembly and test, and finally launch and operations. Integration and Test Engineers work alongside the Systems Engineers planning for the building and testing of hardware by writing test procedures and verification plans. Once tests are planned and hardware is built, they execute the tests ensuring hardware safety then analyze the data ensuring the hardware is performing as expected and the test data supports the requirements of the system. While systems and test engineering can be done separately we value the combination of the two together giving new employees the ability to do both systems and test engineering, giving them a stronger foundation of skills that will make you a more successful and valuable engineer as you move forward in your career. The Systems Engineering Integration and Test departments are looking for college undergraduates and graduate students who can accomplish diverse technical assignments and the communication skills to interact with technical experts, government customers, and other commercial space companies. Our past interns have supported development of advanced star trackers, written NASA proposals for new missions, assessed the health and performance of on-orbit satellites, helped design next-generation spacecraft and their payloads, created test procedures, participated in the testing of flight hardware and analyzed data from tests to ensure the hardware or system is working as designed.
What You´ll Do:
- Work in a team environment assisting System Integration & Test Engineers developing spacecraft and science instruments.
- Assist in hands-on development and testing of support equipment and/or flight hardware.
- Develop procedures for use on support equipment and/or flight hardware.
- Assist in test design methodology.
- Assist in designing mechanical or electrical ground support equipment.
- Help assemble and analyze test data for compliance to requirements.
- Requirements management with the DOORS software system.
- System interface definition and analysis.
- Spacecraft or instrument performance modeling and simulation.
- Conduct trade studies.
- Risk assessment and analysis.
- Assisting with brassboard test setup, performance, and test data reduction.
- Updating system analyses and specifications.
- Additional opportunities may include:
- Supporting the development and execution of mission operations for NASA, DoD, and commercial customers.
- Conduct spacecraft or instrument performance modeling and simulation using existing models and by creating new models.
- 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:
- Must have completed your sophomore or junior year and be enrolled in a degree program for the fall of 2022. We will also accept students enrolled in a post graduate program.
- 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.
- Aerospace Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, or related degree field preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, communication and teamwork are a must.
- Experience with Microsoft Office tools.
- A “Big Picture” mentality.
- A desire to understand how changes in one area impact everything else on the project.
- Strong technical writing experience.
- Hands-on engineering, laboratory, or project/hobby experience.
- Some experience with engineering schematics and design tools.
- Familiarity with CAD design tools.
- Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, clean room, outdoors, remote research environment or at home.
- 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: $19.30 - $27.50 per hour (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
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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.