Engineer I - Systems Test: Attitude Determination & Control Systems

Ball Aerospace & Technologies   •  

Boulder, CO

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


Less than 5 years

Posted 209 days ago

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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.



Engineer I – Systems Test: Attitude Determination and Control Systems

What You’ll Do:

  • Perform Systems Engineering tasks throughout the lifecycle of programs or R&D projects.
  • Support the procurement, integration, test and performance evaluation of ADCS components and satellite level testing. This includes functional checkouts, system performance tests, and Day-in-the-life orbital simulations.
  • Generate engineering documents including specifications, interface control documents, test plans, test procedures, and test reports used through the program lifecycle.
  • Work with various engineering groups to review, update and manage customer requirements leveraged for the population of test procedures, engineering reports and closed loop orbit simulations.
  • Development of system concepts and orbital timelines for test execution as it relates to ADCS subsystems performance, fault protection scenarios, and mission operations.
  • Analysis of system configurations, interfaces and error budgets.
  • Understand and support system architecture trades.
  • Support risk assessment and analysis.
  • Additional opportunities may include:
  • Support the development and conduct of mission operations for NASA, DoD, and commercial customers.
  • Conduct spacecraft performance modeling and on-orbit simulation using existing models and help create new methodologies for next generation satellite bus avionics suites.
  • Work on and support additional spacecraft subsystems such as power, propulsion, command and data handling (C&DH), telecommunications, thermal, and mechanisms.
  • Lead multi-disciplinary teams across multiple organizations in detailed design, analysis, and optimization of the candidate systems and subsystem performance and operation.
  • Participate in writing proposals and creating and delivering presentations to internal and external review boards.
  • Experience with systems engineering tools and processes are beneficial.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Unit/Strategic Support Unit and the Company.  Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degreemust be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education. 
  • Knowledge of ADCS components, orbital mechanics, closed loop simulation and fault management are beneficial.
  • Advanced computer application skills, such as Matlab, C, C++, IDL, Satellite Tool Kit (STK), DOORS, and other analytical tools is a strong plus.
  • Experience in space hardware and software engineering is desired, including, but not limited to: Systems architectures, including both space and ground segments; flight systems design, systems engineering, as well as integration & test methods.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to understand the customer’s needs and provide clear communication of proposed solutions.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, clean room, remote research environment, launch site.
  • 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.