Systems Integration & Test Engineer I / Engineer II - Mechanisms Test
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Systems Integration & Test Engineer I / Engineer II – Mechanisms Test
Join the Mechanism team in the Space Vehicle Systems Engineering Integration & Test (SEIT) group 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.
Make a difference. Love what you do. Realize your full potential.
We're seeking an action-oriented engineer with intellectual curiosity who is excited challenge themself testing spaceflight hardware. The position is with the team testing the flight mechanisms of both our Payload and Space Vehicle programs. This position will require test procedure writing, test execution, hands-on work with the hardware in a cleanroom environment, and multiple other test engineering responsibilities. It is also expected that this position will involve writing software scripts to support test execution, and interaction with our EGSE and software tools that support automated testing.
As an Eng I / Eng II, you will work closely with, and be mentored by, experts in the field. You may have the opportunity to lead significant test activities on complex, critical program mechanisms and to lead a small to mid-size team. From there, we have growth opportunities in multiple directions – we’d love to hear about your personal career goals.
If you enjoy Legos, writing code for your drone, playing with Linux builds, optimizing your potato cannon, hot-rodding your scooter, and have the skills to rebuild the hyperdrive of the Millennium Falcon, then this might be a good position for you.
What You'll Do:
- Work in a fast-paced team environment assisting to integrate and test spaceflight hardware.
- Work in cleanroom and lab environments to verify the hardware meets requirements and characterize / calibrate its performance.
- Write, review, update, and execute test procedures and test scripts.
- Gain a detailed understanding of spacecraft mechanisms and their control electronics.
- Support the mechanisms at the payload and space vehicle levels of integration.
- Prepare technical documentation and give presentations to peers and management.
- Collaborate with system and subsystem engineers, mission assurance, technicians, and other program personnel.
- Use test and measurement equipment to test and troubleshoot spaceflight hardware.
- Maintain test logs and generate test reports.
- 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:
- Engineer I - BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 2 or more years related experience.
- Engineer II - 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.
- BS in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or related technical field preferred.
- Experience testing and troubleshooting mechanisms, electro-mechanical systems, or control systems preferred.
- Experience with scripting and programming and software configuration management systems preferred.
- Experience with spacecraft command and control systems, simulators, software test benches and other electrical ground support equipment preferred.
- Good communication skills a must.
- A strong attention to detail while appreciating the bigger picture of the complex and ambitious projects that we take on.
- A desire to work hands-on with critical spaceflight hardware.
- Good interpersonal skills and work well in a team environment.
- Proficiency in MS Office tools.
- Space or military experience preferred.
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 may be required.
- 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.
A security clearance or access with Polygraph is not required to be eligible for this position. However, the applicant must be willing and eligible for submission, depending on program requirements, after an offer is accepted and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance/access.
Relocation for this position is not available.
Compensation & Benefits:
- HIRING SALARY RANGE FOR ENGINEER I: $91,500 - $113,500 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
- HIRING SALARY RANGE FOR ENGINEER II: $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 https://bit.ly/3pNSnxv into your browser or visit our careers site.
US CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED
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.