Optical Technician III | Ball Aerospace

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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Position Location: 
Boulder, CO
Job Description: 

Job ID: 663385

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.


Technician III - Optical

We are seeking an optical technician, with optical laboratory and optical system assembly experience, to work with optics that will be integrated into complex space based optical sensors for NASA and DoD markets. Space based optical system experience is preferred. 

What you’ll do:

  • Make measurements and analyze data using basic math skills.
  • Produce data packages and reports using Microsoft Office tools.
  • Build custom optical measurement setups.
  • Perform optical alignment of complex optical sensors.
  • Operate commercial and custom optical instrumentation.
  • Design/Sketch and implement optical layouts using basic optical theory to set up optical test systems using knowledge of:
    • Relays, magnification, pupils, F/#, illumination and other basic first order optics
  • Integrate optical components into higher level assemblies.
  • 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 6 years of related experience or a two-year degree and 4 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.
  • Working knowledge of optical technology, hands-on experience in optical component integration and characterization, and a mechanical aptitude for working with delicate opto-mechanical hardware.
  • Experience working in cleanroom environments
  • Requires optical lab, optical assembly, optical test setup, and optical alignment experience.
  • Working knowledge and use of Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to run technical software programs.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Ability to work with many different disciplines with a strong emphasis on collaboration.
  • Ability to perform delicate optical assembly and bonding work.
  • Electronic aptitude is desirable. 

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office, clean room, laboratory, manufacturing floor or machine shop environment.
  • 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.