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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Focal Plane Array Radiation Effects - Senior Engineer (666376) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Focal Plane Array Radiation Effects - Senior Engineer (666376)

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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 Radiation Effects - Senior Engineer

What You’ll Do:

  • Review electrical interface requirements for upcoming test devices and design the PWBs (printed wiring board) for operating them in a cryogenic test dewar

  • Tasks will include schematic capture, component placement, trace routing and documentation, procuring PWB fabrication and assembly, and verifying the final assembly

  • Design and implement thermal/mechanical test fixtures for mounting test devices in cryogenic test dewars

  • Interface with test device manufacturers regarding test device operational requirements

  • Lead resolution of hardware anomalies root cause and corrective action at board, box and system levels

  • Design and implement electrical test fixtures for both board and system level environments and create reusable circuits that can be utilized across multiple projects

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

  • Support experiments, both locally and at offsite locations

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

  • Characterize visible and infrared focal plane arrays in both benign and radiation environments

  • Present to both internal and external customers

  • 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 8 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.

  • Experience with design, analysis, and layout of PCBs (printed circuit boards) for low noise analog applications

  • Experience with design, analysis, and layout of PCBs with high-speed digital line rates of 1+Gb/s is a plus

  • Experience with Schematic capture tools – OrCAD is preferred

  • Experience with PSPICE/LTSPICE

  • Experience with Visual Basic 6, Visual Studio and VHDL software is desired

  • Experience with cryogenic test dewars, vacuum systems and related equipment is a plus

  • Experience with Altera FPGAs is a plus

  • Experience in signal and power integrity analysis of digital/FPGA designs

  • Ability to work requirements and flow down for system/subsystem/box/board needs

  • Hands on experience with lab power supplies, oscilloscopes, function generators, and logic analyzers is required

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, strong presentation skills, and ability to work with internal and external customers

  • Effective in multidisciplinary team work environment with broad responsibilities and minimal oversight

  • Knowledge of visible, NIR, SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR detector characterization is desired

  • Hands-on electronics skills and electronic test equipment experience

  • Advanced detector integration, test, and evaluation skills

  • Experience with detector operation in radiation environments

  • Familiarity with PCIe, Ethernet, DSP, 1553, VPX, InfiniBand is a plus

  • Ability to work requirements and flow down for system/subsystem/box/board needs

  • Good interpersonal skills

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 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.