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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Spacecraft Power Systems Engineer I (667528) in Boulder, Colorado

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Spacecraft Power Systems Engineer I (667528)

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CO - Boulder

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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 http://www.ball.com/aerospace, Facebook or Twitter.


Spacecraft Power Systems Engineer I

Spacecraft power systems enable missions that save lives, protect our country, and push the envelope on what’s possible in science and technology.

You can be responsible for spacecraft and satellite power systems from cradle to grave… from the first thoughts about a new mission, through sizing, analyzing, designing, optimizing, building, testing, deploying, and experiencing the satisfaction of seeing on-orbit performance!

What you’ll do:

  • You’ll learn from and share knowledge with a team of 10 other power system engineers as part of your core team at Ball Aerospace.

  • Your power systems team will have each other’s back for tackling complex and challenging tasks.

  • Together you will support spacecraft power system development at each phase of the program lifecycle.

  • You’ll own several different spacecraft power system roles as the need arises:

  • Functioning as responsible engineer for a battery or solar array

  • Developing a new payload interface box

  • Providing power system sizing for a proposal

  • Losing yourself in a mission as the power system lead.

  • You might even be so lucky as to develop alternative power system architectures for new missions.

  • You’ll represent the power systems team to the space vehicle program at all levels, ensuring the power system can meet the mission needs.

  • You’ll understand the mission and its requirements to the extent you’ll talk in terms of seconds per orbit of capability.

  • You’ll know what the driving factors are for enabling increased capability to support space vehicle conops. We’re talking more pictures taken, more planets found, more storms tracked, more intelligence gathered.

  • 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.

Bottom line, you’ll have the flexibility to do what you love, and the opportunity to discover more things you love to do.

What you’ll need:

  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 2 or more years related experience

  • Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. 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. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education.

  • Minimum of 1 year direct experience in spacecraft Electrical Power Subsystem Engineering or Electrical Power Test or Electrical Power Spacecraft Operations.

  • Effectiveness in small teams with broad responsibilities, with eagerness to work for the success of the team.

  • Strong oral, written, and presentation skills.

  • Capability to learn and apply tools to perform solar array, battery, power conversion, and distribution sizing, and performance analysis.

  • A current Top Secret/SCI security clearance is preferred.

  • Detailed knowledge relating to some, or all, of the following is preferred:

  • Lithium-ion batteries

  • Solar arrays

  • Power control and distribution

  • Power conversion, regulation, and/or direct energy transfer architectures

  • Charge control methods and power fault protection

  • Experience with power simulation tools (e.g., PSPICE, MATLAB, etc.) preferred.

  • Experience with defining, developing and delivering space qualified hardware 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.

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.