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Space Vehicle Engineer II - Springfield, VA

Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation

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Chantilly, VA, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2024

Clearance Requirement: A current, active TS/SCI CI Polygraph security clearance is required.

Ball Aerospace is powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus. We pioneer discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely.

At our core, we're passionate, committed people who believe together we can achieve extraordinary things. We work collaboratively with each other, our customers and partners to solve the world's greatest challenges. That means listening to one another, providing feedback and partnering across all levels. We value our inclusive culture where everyone is heard equally and creativity thrives. Each team member is fully invested in our mission and we bring an energy to work every day that propels our business and motivates us all to Go Beyond.®

For more information, visit Ball Aerospace Career Site or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

The Engineering Strategic Capabilities 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.

Space Vehicle Engineer II

Join the Operations and Sustainment team at Ball Aerospace - a dynamic group of motivated problem solvers. We like to have fun and enjoy life – both at work, and in our free time. We’re excited about the challenging projects we’re involved in and have a strong commitment to the missions we support. Offering growth opportunities at all levels of skill and experience, we’re looking for leaders and innovators who can continue our strong reputation for creativity and technical excellence, while helping to define the future of Ball.

Our Space Vehicle Ops Engineer II provides leadership and direct support to ensure health and safety, longevity, and daily mission support to on orbit space vehicles. Develops detailed plans and procedures to provide maximum mission support in areas such as orbit dynamics, satellite performance analysis, command and control of on-orbit satellites. Provides technical direction for on orbit mission support, plans for critical vehicle malfunctions and recommends alternate operating techniques to continue maximum mission support. Provides failure analysis of the performance of the orbiting satellites via telemetry data.

What You’ll Do:

  • Provide space operational and vehicle engineering support as a subject matter expert for:
    • Space vehicle payload and bus operations
    • Space vehicle command and control
    • Space vehicle performance metrics, telemetry trending and analysis
    • Space vehicle operational planning and execution
    • Space vehicle anomaly resolution
    • Space vehicle operational capability assessment
    • Customer working groups and reviews
    • Space vehicle calibrations and testing
  • Maintain space vehicle trending software:
    • Understand, use, and modify MATLAB-based trending scripts
    • Support models and simulations and interfacing systems
  • Develop and update:
    • Operational procedures and instructions
    • Reports, status updates and presentations
    • Standard operational procedures (SOPs)
    • Training materials and references
    • Analysis tools (Matlab, etc)
    • Workarounds, fixes, and permanent changes in response to anomalous space vehicle operations
  • Ensure all business is conducted using the highest ethical standards and in compliance with all applicable laws, statutes, and regulations.
  • Identify and ensure required compliance with the government and company regulation, policies/procedures and guidelines; negotiate acceptance/approval of all program plans with internal interfaces and the customer.
  • Employ proactive risk and opportunity management processes and practices to mitigate or capture potential program issues and improvements.
  • Create a motivational environment where team members understand the mission, are fully engaged, empowered to execute, and are recognized for their performance.
  • Resolve conflicts, demands and priorities on assigned programs.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Capabilities 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.
  • 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.
  • A current, active TS/SCI CI Polygraph security clearance is required.
  • Background in space operations, math, science, and technical applications preferred.
  • Ability to use other analysis tools (STK, Microsoft Suite, other in-house tools).
  • Ability to maintain continuous inter-organizational and outside customer contacts and represent the customer within the Space Operations Community agencies and related government agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to be wholly at ease and comfortable interfacing with government customers, co-workers, and teammates within industry and the government at all levels.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels and seek out responsibilities and opportunities to contribute to the team.
  • Ability to develop solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity, creativity, thorough research, and experience in the Space Operations Community
  • Ability to understand and apply knowledge, experience, and skills to the toughest tasks and problems without supervision.

On-Site Work Environment: This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site five days each normally scheduled week in the primary work location. Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations is required.

Working Conditions:

  • Ball Aerospace is a drug-free workplace, which is imperative to the health and safety of all employees and is required as a condition of receiving contracts from federal agencies. Please remember that regardless of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and other states, possession and use continues to be illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This includes the use of some CBD products. A post-offer, pre-employment drug test is a condition of employment.
  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or cleanroom, 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.

Verification that your current security clearance or government customer access meets the requirement for this position will be required.

Relocation for this position is available / not available.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $121,500 - $150,500 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • This position includes a competitive benefits package. For details, copy and paste into your browser or visit our careers site.


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.


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