Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Principal Engineer-Space Vehicle Lead (663998) in Boulder, Colorado

Who We Are:

Ball Aerospace leads the way in designing, developing and manufacturing innovative aerospace systems. We take on some of the most complex and exciting challenges in the universe--from space and Earth science to national security and intelligence programs.

We produce spacecraft, instruments and sensors, RF and microwave technologies, data exploitation solutions, and a variety of advanced aerospace technologies and products. In addition, we pioneered the development of the commercial remote sensing market, producing spacecraft and imaging systems that helped spawn a market-driven demand for imagery.

Our success is built on more than products or systems. Our team of more than 3,000 engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff drives all the achievements at Ball Aerospace. Whether contributing to a better understanding of the universe or helping keep our nation safe, our people bring their diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills together to achieve a common mission.


Principal Engineer – Space Vehicle Lead

Lead the space vehicle engineering team through development, test and delivery of highly capable space systems in support of NASA and commercial programs. The Space Vehicle Lead is responsible to ensure Ball delivers a system that is fully compliant to our customer’s technical performance specifications and meets their mission needs.

What You’ll Do:

  • Primary technical representative to Ball’s program office, external customers, and partners which may include payload, launch and ground systems providers
  • Develop and manage the space vehicle technical baseline
  • Lead preparation and execution of major design and readiness reviews
  • Develop cost and schedule baseline for system engineering activity and capable of performing responsibilities of the cost account manager (CAM) for system engineering
  • Responsible for generating engineering documents including specifications, interface control documents, and test plans.
  • You will be working in a dynamic environment with multiple working groups, interfaces and all spacecraft subsystems. You will be responsible for providing direction and prioritization to the space vehicle team
  • Lead and guide mission and space vehicle level trade studies and analysis – balancing technical performance, cost and risk
  • Technical authority for risk assessment and anomaly resolution during both I&T; and on-orbit operations.
  • Participate in writing proposals and creating and delivering presentations.
  • Experience with NASA’s SMEX, MIDEX and Discovery opportunities is desired
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Develop and coach systems engineers on the space vehicle team.
  • 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 12 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.
  • Proven success as a technical team lead with experience in all phases of execution of a space hardware program
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, strong presentation skills, proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to effectively lead group discussions, ability to set priorities and delegate as required to meet all objectives.
  • Working knowledge of Earned Value Management (EVM) - CAM experience preferred

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.


Relocation for this position is Available

EEO Statement:


Equal Opportunity Employer

Minority, Female, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Veterans.

Job Title: Principal Engineer-Space Vehicle Lead (663998)

Job ID: 663998

Location: CO - Boulder

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular