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Engineer II - Mission Operations Sustainment Systems Engineer

Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation

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Software Engineering, Operations
Broomfield, CO, USA
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024

Clearance Requirement: A current, active TS/SCI 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.

Engineer II – Mission Operations Sustainment Systems Engineer

Join the Mission Readiness & Commissioning team at Ball Aerospace – a diverse 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 enable. 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.

We’re seeking a self-motivated systems engineer to join our Mission Sustainment team. Our sustainment engineers support on orbit test, factory reach-back, and operations/maintenance of spacecraft and their payloads for commercial, DoD, and NASA customers. Sustainment engineers also engage earlier in the lifecycle (requirements, design, analysis, and test) to support effective preparation for, and transition to, sustaining operations. Our team and products may support a variety of activities including:

  • Spacecraft launch, initialization, checkout, and calibration
  • Command and control of the spacecraft
  • Monitoring the health and safety of the spacecraft subsystems, payloads, and ground system
  • Mission data collection, distribution, and analysis

What You’ll Do:

  • Perform telemetry trending, mission performance analysis, calibration, and maintenance of the satellite and ground system.
  • Participate in on-orbit operations, assess satellite and ground system state of health, and assist with anomaly support.
  • Develop and/or update mission operations products and tools based on discrepancy reports, change requests, and/or lessons learned. This may include command execution scripts, alarm limits, mission system constraints, operator procedures, and/or operator training material.
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts to develop and maintain operational command products, training material, and tools for operations.
  • Support integration and testing of new capabilities and/or product releases for the satellite and/or ground system.
  • Prepare and/or present technical content to peers/management/customers.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule. Schedule may include periodic support for night, weekend, or on-call shifts.
  • 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 security clearance is required.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • On-console satellite operations
    • Spacecraft commissioning
    • Spacecraft, payload, or subsystem design
    • Mission management, command and control
    • Mission data processing
    • Ground systems
    • Ground terminals and infrastructure
    • Mission integration including operations readiness activities, rehearsals, and launch support activities
    • Training of satellite operators
  • Familiarity with operations processes such as discrepancy reporting, change management and anomaly response.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Ability to interface with technicians, peers, senior-level engineers, business development, management.
  • Ability to contribute to the success of small teams through excellent teamwork.
  • Preferred skills/experience:
    • Experience developing or maintaining mission operations products such as command execution scripts, alarm limits, mission system constraints, operator procedures, and operator training material.
    • Experience in related disciplines such as software engineering, hardware engineering, integration, test engineering, quality engineering, configuration/data management.
    • Experience using simulators, test benches, or FlatSats
    • Knowledge of cloud development environments.
    • Knowledge of requirements management tool such as DOORS.
    • Knowledge of Atlassian Tools such as Confluence and Jira.

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 a​nd local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be 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.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $111,000 - $137,500 (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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