Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Engineer Senior - Optical Lab Lead (660862) in Boulder, Colorado

Who We Are:

Ball Aerospace leads the way in designing, developing and manufacturing innovative aerospace systems. We take on some of the most complex and exciting challenges in the universe--from space and Earth science to national security and intelligence programs.

We produce spacecraft, instruments and sensors, RF and microwave technologies, data exploitation solutions, and a variety of advanced aerospace technologies and products. In addition, we pioneered the development of the commercial remote sensing market, producing spacecraft and imaging systems that helped spawn a market-driven demand for imagery.

Our success is built on more than products or systems. Our team of more than 3,000 engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff drives all the achievements at Ball Aerospace. Whether contributing to a better understanding of the universe or helping keep our nation safe, our people bring their diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills together to achieve a common mission.


Engineer Senior – Optical Lab Lead

Lead the operation of an optical test lab supporting state of the art space based optical system development. The lab performs testing and characterization of optical components as well as sub-systems. The lab also supports the development of custom optical measurement or testing setups for program specific needs.

What you'll do:

  • Lead operation of several optical labs and coordinate activities of optical lab technicians and engineers.
  • Review and approve optical test data packages.
  • Coordinate lab equipment, testing, and usage schedules.
  • Interface with outside customers as necessary.
  • Contribute to the generation of quotes for testing.
  • Work in a team environment with other optical engineers to develop and implement novel state of the art methods for testing, alignment, and integration of optical components.
  • Work in a cross disciplinary environment with engineers and technicians from other engineering fields.
  • 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 Optical Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 8 or more years of related experience.
  • Proven knowledge of geometric and diffractive optical theory and optical testing.
  • Hands-On experience with various types of interferometers and applications.
  • Knowledge of theory behind interferometric wavefront measurement and data analysis.
  • Hands-On experience with various classes of optical lab equipment such as Spectrophotometers, Scatterometers, Profilometers, lasers and detectors.
  • Experience with analysis of measured testing results.
  • Hands-On experience with optical alignment and breadboard set-up.
  • Experience with writing detailed lab testing reports.
  • Experience with computer operations and related equipment.
  • Experience coordinating multiple technical activities in a dynamic environment.
  • Proven ability to managing customer service related issues.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Proficiency with MS Office tools including Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Experience with Matlab or other analysis tools is desired, but not required.
  • In addition to the typical educational and experience requirements, a demonstrated capability to adequately perform the essential functions and responsibilities of the position and exhibit the skills and competencies of the grade level should be considered. 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.

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.


Relocation for this position is Available

EEO Statement:


Equal Opportunity Employer

Minority, Female, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Veterans.

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