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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Senior Focal Plane Mechanical Lead (668408) in Boulder, Colorado

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Senior Focal Plane Mechanical Lead (668408)

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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.


Senior Focal Plane Mechanical Lead

What you’ll do:

  • Lead the design and analysis effort for new focal plane system hardware from proposal phase thru award, detailed design, fabrication, assembly, test, and requirement verification.

  • Responsible for cost and schedule planning and tracking as well as managing efforts through robust engineering change processes including risk and opportunity management.

  • Evaluate system-level interfaces and perform early architecture trades.

  • Define, maintain, iterate, and verify the focal plane requirements that are needed to meet the system and other subsystem requirements and interfaces.

  • Generate, iterate, maintain, and release the focal plane design that meets system and subsystem requirements.

  • Work on CAD and supporting cross-functional analyses (cryogenic, structural, optical, material science, contamination modeling) over the full development lifecycle.

  • Transition to leading team of 5-10 design and analysis engineers with majority of time spent leading the team and communicating with the internal and external customers; mentoring of less experienced engineers is encouraged and expected.

  • Coordinate with personnel from all other payload sub-systems and spacecraft structure, including external interfaces such as customers, customer consultants, sub-system providers and launch vehicle providers.

  • Collaborate with payload systems engineering and program management.

  • 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.

  • Degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering.

  • Proficient in SolidWorks or equivalent 3D CAD software.

  • Minimum of 8 years of proven experience designing focal plane assemblies or similar complex, process-intensive hardware such as microelectronic hybrid packages, precise opto-mechanical assemblies, fiber optic gyros, or optical communication transceivers for the space environment.

  • Creative problem-solving and innovative design concepts with minimal requirements definition.

  • Strong interpersonal written and verbal communication skills; strong engagement behavior in multi-disciplinary environment.

  • Strong presentation skills.

  • Current favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) clearance 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 applicant for this position must be eligible to obtain a DoD clearance or government customer access to classified/sensitive material. A current DoD clearance is not required to be eligible for this position, however the successful applicant will be required to obtain a DoD clearance or government customer access within a reasonable time after the offer is extended and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance. *US 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.