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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Optical Engineer I - Security Clearance Required (668424) in Boulder, Colorado

Job Title:

Optical Engineer I - Security Clearance Required (668424)

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CO - Boulder

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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.


Optical Engineer I

What you'll do:

  • Work in a team environment with other optical engineers to design and engineer state of the art space based optical sensors.

  • Work with teams of engineers doing optical system development, integration, and alignment.

  • Work hands-on with optical hardware as well as performing analytical work and technology development.

  • Work in a cross disciplinary environment with engineers and technicians from other engineering fields.

  • 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 in Optical Engineering or a related technical field, plus 2 or more years of 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.

  • Advanced degree in Optical Engineering or a related technical field is preferred.

  • Knowledge of optical design and engineering fundamentals.

  • Experience with optical alignment techniques.

  • Experience doing optical analysis. Some experience in optical design is preferred.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).

  • Proficiency with MS Office tools.

  • Experience with Matlab and Optical Design/Analysis tools.

  • Current Top Secret (TS/SCI) clearance with a current favorable single scope background investigation or Top Secret (DoD TS) is required.

Working Conditions:

  • 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.

  • 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 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.