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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Focal Plane Array Laboratory Technician (666375) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Focal Plane Array Laboratory Technician (666375)

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NM - Albuquerque

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Who We Are:

Ball Aerospace pioneers 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. For more information, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

Ball Aerospace's Albuquerque office, located near Kirtland Air Force Base NM, is a key provider of quick response technology assessments to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, US Air Force, and the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles directorate. Our multi-discipline staff provides a broad range of engineering and technical services, including technology demonstrations and assessments, laboratory and field experiments, and integrated research and analyses. We are seeking additional qualified engineers and analysts to join our technology assessment oriented organization.


Focal Plane Array Laboratory Technician -Technical Specialist II

What you’ll do:

  • Assemble, test and troubleshoot test systems, circuit boards, cables and hardware assemblies in accordance with technical drawings

  • Provide technical support for setting up tests in thermal vacuum chambers. Includes installing PWB’s (printed wiring board) and mechanical/thermal mounting hardware, routing cables and mating electrical connections

  • Assemble, maintain and repair thermal vacuum system equipment

  • Perform periodic transfers of liquid helium and/or liquid nitrogen to laboratory and test dewars

  • Support experiments, both locally and at offsite locations

  • Must be willing to support a flexible second and/or third shift and weekend shift schedule to support program test schedules when necessary

  • May make continuous improvement suggestions and participate in initiatives to improve productivity and process efficiency

  • Apply computer skills to access & input data via computer interface, automated equipment or test equipment

  • Complete tasks and communicate effectively, both orally and written, within environmental test work centers

  • Deliver work with a keen attention to cost and schedule

  • 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:

  • High School diploma or equivalent plus 10 years or more related experience or a related 2-year technical degree and 8 years or more related experience.

  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e., Bachelor’s or Master’s, may substitute for two years of related experience. 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.

  • Highly proficient and experience at testing complex PWA’s (printed wiring assembly) and Box level testing of test hardware

  • Strong experience in assembly and repair of electronic circuit boards with SMT (surface mounted technology) components is highly desired, including strong hand-soldering skills

  • High degree of experience handling, installing and repairing electronic hardware while exercising the proper protocols for ESD (electrostatic discharge) and safety

  • Must know how to read and follow complex schematics, assembly drawings, and execute test procedures.

  • Ability to test and troubleshoot down to the component level

  • Strong knowledge of digital, analog, power, and FPGA electronics desired, basic understanding required

  • Strong experience at the fabrication and assembly of test fixtures, soldering of cable assemblies

  • Competent at operating DMM’s (digital multimeter), digital oscilloscopes, signal generators and analyzers, programmable power supplies, etc.

  • Demonstrates a good working knowledge of Microsoft operating system (Windows 7 and up) and MS Office suites Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google searches of data sheets

  • Able to generate weekly or daily email program status updates informing the program of work accomplished, items remaining to be complete, the various roadblocks for completion, and the expected completion time frame

  • Strong organizational skills and high attention to technical detail is required

  • Good mechanical aptitude, with solid dexterity and hand/eye coordination to work with hand tools

  • Must be a self-starter, ambitious, and a conscientious individual with a very high attention to detail

  • Must enjoy working in a process-controlled environment. Capable of executing to technical process specifications, procedures and standards

  • Able to lift 50 pounds and work with heavy equipment, tooling and fixtures

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, clean room, or production floor.

  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.

Security Clearance:

Successful candidate will have completed a government national security clearance investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. *U.S. Citizenship is Required. By applying to this position you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire, if one is required, to evaluate your general ability to obtain the required security clearance or government customer access associated with this position.


Relocation for this position is NOT Available

EEO Statement:


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.