Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Instrument Systems Engineer II (660309) 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.


Instrument Systems Engineer –

What You’ll Do:

  • Start with customer mission needs and identify critical technologies to support combined PAT and communications requirements; perform end-to-end system analysis to include link budgets, atmospheric effects, and signal and noise characteristics; evaluate designs and performance of optics, PAT, transceiver, and electronic processing.
  • Understand and support system architecture trades concerning orbits, constellations, and optical communications hardware capabilities.
  • Support creation of candidate space segment (satellite bus + optical communications payload) architectures for a given customer mission, and selection of the best approach from those candidates, using systems models and analysis.
  • Lead multi-disciplinary teams across multiple organizations in detailed design, analysis, and optimization of the candidate systems and subsystem performance and operation.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Unit/Strategic Support Unit 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 5 or more years related experience.
  • The successful candidate will be recognized for expertise in development of payload architectures and integrated payloads of similar scope in optical communications.
  • Experience in space instrumentation and spacecraft engineering is desired, including, but not limited to: Systems architectures, including both space and ground segments; Optical Communication systems design, systems engineering, as well as integration & test.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to understand the customer’s needs and provide clear communication of proposed solutions.
  • 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.

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:


Equal Opportunity Employer

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

Job Title: Instrument Systems Engineer II (660309)

Job ID: 660309

Location: CO - Boulder

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular