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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Engineer I - MSA Systems Aerospace Reliability & Availability in Boulder, Colorado

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The Security and Mission Assurance Strategic Support Unit provides discriminating support to the business to ensure success. We focus on threat identification, risk assessment, and mitigation while improving the efficiency of the business through effective governance and analysis of process, data and overall business knowledge.

Engineer I – MSA Systems Aerospace Reliability & Availability

Perform reliability and availability analysis required to establish the basis for independent technical evaluations of hardware unit, payload (PL), Bus, space vehicle (S/V), and constellation designs. Perform failure modes analyses, reliability predictions, limited life analyses (LLA), fault tree analyses (FTA), and probabilistic risk assessments. These analyses ensure that the design has sufficient performance margins, failure-recovery capabilities, resiliency, and high pedigree.

What You’ll Do:

  • Be personally mentored and trained one-on-one by a Principle Architect Subject Matter Expert (SME) from the Office of the Architect in Security and Mission Assurance.

  • Support the development of Mission Assurance Plans (MAPs) and implement the program strategy, policies, and procedures necessary to ensure compliance with all internal practices and customer requirements.

  • Maintain a comprehensive and holistic system view while addressing stakeholder mission risks and concerns regarding reliability and availability through the application of Systems Engineering skills.

  • Perform quantitative and qualitative reliability analyses for complex PL, Bus, S/V, and satellite constellations.

  • Review systems to identify failure modes, performing Failure Mode, Effects, and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) at the functional level for PLs, Buses, and S/Vs, including the Bus / PL interface.

  • Ensure the effectiveness and suitability of the reliability and availability of the PL, Bus, and / or S/V system as an enabler to mission success, ensuring that any relevant threat to the vulnerability of reliability and availability is considered in support of program decisions.

  • Provide input to requirements, engineering, and risk trade space analyses, with supporting evidence to achieve a cost-effective reliable architectural design that enables mission success.

  • Verify reliability and availability related requirements.

  • Support the generation of time-phased / staffing estimates for Systems Assurance, reliability and availability work products, and required Design Assurance inputs in support of system-level reliability deliverables and proposal efforts.

  • Provide and communicate S/V and Systems Aerospace reliability engineering understanding, advice, guidance, and assistance of both the technical and programmatic aspects of a program to the program team, senior management, and the customer.

  • Work with classified documents which requires thorough knowledge of appropriate procedures for the proper usage and safeguarding of classified information.

  • Interface with Program Managers, Mission Assurance Managers, and customers.

  • 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 2 or more years related experience.

  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of related 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 Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, or Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering or a related technical field preferred.

  • Knowledge and experience with complex S/V, Bus, PL, and / or other aerospace systems architectures and designs.

  • Understanding of the drivers and constraints for S/V system reliability.

  • Experience with Aerospace Systems reliability analysis at the S/V, Bus, and PL levels.

  • Experience working with NASA, DOD, Air Force and other USG customer base is preferred.

  • Experience working with DOORS.

  • The ability to review component level analysis and build from that the system level prediction.

  • Experience in conducting performance, cost, and schedule trades in the early PL (instrument), Bus, and S/V design phase.

  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, strong written, communication, oral presentations skills, and ability to lead group discussions.

  • Possess the willingness to assist other reliability engineers in completing their tasks.

  • Efficiently learn new subjects / techniques / software, without, necessarily, the assistance of others.

  • Have a track record of highly collaborative working skills in a team environment.

  • A current TS/SCI security clearance strongly 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

A current DoD clearance and/or SCI access with Polygraph is not required to be eligible for this position, however applicant must be willing and eligible for submission within 60-90 days after an offer is accepted and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance/access. By applying to this position, you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire 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.


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.

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