Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Telecom System Engineer II (660210) 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.


Telecom System Engineer II

Perform Telecommunication Engineering tasks throughout the lifecycle of programs or R&D; projects.

What you’ll do:

  • Understand and refine requirements for Telecom TT&C; and high rate Remote Sensing downlinks, including:
  • Initial space-to-ground RF Link analyses to NASA NEN, AFSCN, USN / Commercial ground networks, and/or TDRSS to establish
  • applicable waveforms
  • applicable data rates
  • applicable encoding, e.g. FEC
  • any need for ranging operation
  • EIRP and G/T criteria
  • Determine the correct antenna and transmit/receive equipment
  • COMSEC encryption criteria and key management plans
  • Provide analyses in the form of released documents, a sample follows:
  • NTIA (and SFCG) spectral mask analyses, followed by testing
  • Power Flux Density (PFD) and out-of-band Power Spectral Density compliance
  • Maintaining RF Link Analyses throughout the Program life cycle, updated with test results
  • STK analyses in support of communications CONOPS
  • Multipath (scattering parameter) analyses
  • Multipaction analyses, and Corona when applicable
  • Manage Telecom interfaces between spacecraft subsystems and to/from ground networks
  • Example: Antenna type and placement to satisfy Field-of-View requirements on the spacecraft to close the RF Links to the ground (and/or TDRSS) while considering EMI/EMC to remote sensing payloads (often-times microwave instruments)
  • Support program gates such as the preliminary design review and critical design review.
  • Estimate and manage Telecommunication team labor.
  • Support the procurement, development, test and evaluation of hardware, software, support equipment and systems as required for Telecom.
  • Support program from new business to flight including proposal support, concept development with trades; design of the Telecom; procurement, integration and test of Telecom; on-orbit technical support for Telecom.
  • 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 5 or more years related experience.
  • Experience in space segment Telecom system development is desired.
  • Familiarity with all industry standard Earth orbiting Telecom systems.
  • Experience in system requirements development, architecture definition, design, assembly and integration, test and flight operations of completed Telecom systems is required.
  • Proven track record in producibility of designs with cost, budget, and schedule constraints for self and others is essential.
  • Ability to develop positive relationships with program and customer personnel.
  • Awareness and management of system-level issues.
  • Knowledge of modeling tools and techniques to predict and budget Telecom system performance.
  • New business development experience, including successful customer interaction, is desired.
  • Excellent presentation and writing skills.
  • 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: Telecom System Engineer II (660210)

Job ID: 660210

Location: CO - Boulder

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular