Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Spacecraft Systems Engineer I (665823) in Boulder, Colorado

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Spacecraft Systems Engineer I

Spacecraft Engineering is looking for a Mechanical Subsystem Engineer with a background in thermal and propulsion engineering to help define and lead our Small Satellite product line into the future.

What You’ll Do:

  • Rapidly produce CAD models of Bus configurations using different component suites and payload notions.
  • Conduct structural trade studies, including make/buy options.
  • Evaluate and assess current and innovative aerospace mechanical, thermal, and propulsion components and subsystems to identify potential suppliers for the future Ball Small Satellite product offering.
  • Take high-level mission requirements and derive subsystem and component level requirements.
  • Obtain the necessary knowledge to lead thermal and propulsion trade studies, including make/buy options.
  • Perform subsystem-level analyses and produce data products such as mass equipment lists, mass properties reports, propellant budgets, and rudimentary structural heat rejection quantifications.
  • Create and present viewgraphs describing spacecraft subsystems with maturity to optimize presentations for specific customers and audiences.
  • Execution-Leadership Balance: the initial effort will consist of engineering execution with an eventual transition to leadership of the engineering design teams.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the SBU/SSU 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 2 or more years related experience.
  • Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of related 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.
  • An enthusiasm to embrace the concepts of design-to-cost, lean operations, agile work flow.
  • Excellent communication skills in the team environment.
  • Experience with CAD software.

Working Conditions

  • 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.

Security Clearance:

Successful applicant for this position must be eligible to obtain a DoD clearance. A current DoD clearance is not required to be eligible for this position, however the successful applicant will be required to obtain a DoD clearance within a reasonable time after the offer is extended and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance. * US Citizenship is Required


Relocation for this position is Available

EEO Statement:


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.

Job Title: Spacecraft Systems Engineer I (665823)

Job ID: 665823

Location: CO - Boulder

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular