Optical Technical Specialist I | Ball Aerospace

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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Position Location: 
Boulder, CO
Job Description: 

Job ID: 663388

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

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.


Technical Specialist I – Optical

In this exciting career opportunity, you will have a great deal of responsibility and contribute to the development of complex space based optical systems. You will have involvement over the full life cycle of a project from design through delivery.

What you'll do:

  • Building custom optical measurement setups.
  • Operate optical instrumentation.
  • Run optical performance tests on full optical systems during thermal and vacuum testing under simulated space environments.
  • Work with teams of engineers to during development, integration, alignment, and test of complex optical systems.
  • Work in a team environment with other optical engineers to develop and implement novel state of the art methods for the alignment, integration, and test of space based systems.
  • Make measurements and analyzing data using basic math skills.
  • Produce data packages and reports using Microsoft Office tools.
  • Work in a cross disciplinary environment with engineers and technicians from other engineering fields.
  • Work in an independent manner with minimal direction and supervision
  • 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:

  • High school diploma or equivalent and 12 or more years of related experience, or a two-year degree and 10 or more years of experience.
  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e., Bachelor’s or Master’s, may substitute for two years of related 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.
  • Experience outside of aerospace will be considered if related skills are strong.
  • Knowledge of GD&T
  • Experience working all phases of spaceflight rated hardware programs
  • Multi-disciplined technical skills relevant to the build of optical systems (e.g. bonding, mechanical assembly, electrical wiring, precision cleaning, understanding of machining capabilities, space craft integration, etc.)
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Proficiency with MS Office tools.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, clean room, or production floor.
  • 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. 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 within a reasonable time after the offer is extended and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance.  * US Citizenship is Required


Relocation for this position is Available

EEO Statement:


Equal Opportunity Employer
Minority, Female, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Veterans.