Engineer Principal - Electrical Power Systems

Ball Aerospace & Technologies   •  

Boulder, CO

11 - 15 years

Posted 251 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 Principal – Electrical Power Systems

This position is for a highly-experienced spacecraft power system engineer who can lead a team through the design phase, perform analysis, support the production phase, support the test phase and lead the operation phase for a spacecraft power subsystem. 

What You’ll Do:

  • Develop power systems architectures (power generation, power storage and power distribution and control), requirements, power system concepts and power simulations.
  • Be a team member for a spacecraft bus or space vehicle.
  • Analyze power system sizing and performance.
  • Lead hardware development teams, and mentor more junior personnel.
  • Support integration and test, and launch and operations.
  • Strategic planning, technology development and new business activities.
  • Subcontract 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 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. 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.
  • A current Top Secret security clearance is required.  SCI strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 8 years direct experience in spacecraft Electrical Power Subsystem Engineering or Electrical Power Test or Electrical Power Spacecraft Operations.
  • A desire to learn - our culture fosters intellectual curiosity.
  • A strong technical foundation – people who flourish behave like owners
  • Detailed knowledge relating to the following is highly desired:  Lithium Ion batteries, solar arrays, power control, power conversion/regulation, power distribution, charge control methods, high voltage (>100V), direct energy transfer architectures, regulated power system architectures and power fault protection.
  • Experience with power simulation tools is highly desirable (e.g., PSPICE, SABER, MATLAB, MMPAT).
  • Experience with defining, developing and delivering space qualified hardware.
  • Strong oral, written, and presentation skills.
  • Effectiveness in small team work environment with broad responsibilities, minimal oversight and ability to mentor junior team members.
  • Capable of performing solar array, battery, power conversion/distribution sizing and performance analysis.

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