Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Principal Engineer-Systems Analyst (665030) - Security clearance required 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 – Systems Analyst

This engineering position will have performance modelling and simulation as its area of specialization with a focus on analyzing and decomposing of EO Payload requirements, signal chain analysis, and planning and development of verification algorithms.

What You’ll Do:

  • Provide systems engineering leadership of technical teams to design, build, and operate complex systems including missions, payloads, and instruments.
  • Lead and analyze of variety of remote sensing payloads. Your systems analysis results will guide and/or decompose system level requirements into subsystem and/or component requirements.
  • Lead and analyze end-to-end (photons to bits) systems to derive system performance – Includes platform motion, radiometric, image quality (ensquared energy and/or MTF), and detector (QE, dark current, diffusion, etc.) characteristics
  • Generate engineering documents including System Engineering Reports, presentations, and analysis plans and procedures.
  • Develop system concepts and interface definitions.
  • Experience with Excel and MATLAB programming is required. Training for other packages may be provided as needed.
  • Work closely with hardware engineers to develop state-of-the-art system designs and analyze performance of hardware demonstrations.
  • Contribute to completion of milestones within specific projects and provide solutions to a variety of technical problems.
  • Prepare and give presentations to peers/management/customers.
  • Responsibilities may include new business support in the form of proposal writing and/or cost/schedule estimation.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable 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 related technical field plus 12 or more years related experience is required.
  • 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 analysis of payload systems, dissection of complex problems, and identification of key performance drivers.
  • Experienced Excel and MATLAB programming skills.
  • Strong analytic modeling capabilities.
  • Ability to document analysis results and write reports.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to interface with technicians, peers, senior-level engineers, and customers.
  • Ability to contribute to the success of small teams through excellent teamwork.
  • Current TS/SCI required.

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 security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. *U.S. Citizenship is 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-Systems Analyst (665030) - Security clearance required

Job ID: 665030

Location: CO - Boulder

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular