Technical Specialist - Optical Test Lab | Ball Aerospace

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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Position Location: 
Boulder, CO
Job Description: 

Job ID: 663332

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 – Optics

Perform a variety of technical assignments requiring basic knowledge of engineering, science, or other technical expertise in support of an optical testing laboratory.  Assist and support other laboratory staff performing activities that include regularly scheduled maintenance of hardware, calibration of optical and electronic instrumentation, and property tracking.  Duties are typically task oriented performed with oversight and prioritization from more-senior laboratory staff, engineers, or scientists.

What you’ll do:

  • Responsible for all phases of the optical metrology process, including wavefront and radius measurements and the recording and review of measured data.
  • Participate in set-up, alignment, inspection, and maintenance of optical test setups  
  • Perform visual surface inspection of all optical components to ISO/MIL standards
  • Use standard laboratory instrumentation such as digital multi-meters, oscilloscopes, power-supplies, general optical bench equipment, optical sensors and detectors, and data acquisition hardware/software to perform measurements and collect data.
  • Conduct peer-reviewed analyses of data using basic math skills.
  • Provide written documentation on findings as required by the specific tasks assigned.
  • Assist the laboratory support staff in tracking high-value hardware and instrumentation to include classification and inventory of high-value optical components.
  • Follow EHS (environmental health and safety) processes and procedures; recognize safety hazards, including hazardous materials, and pursue corrective action when necessary.
  • Cross-train with other tasks across the organization.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule, while being flexible enough to work with changing needs of the lab environment.
  • 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 and 12 or more years of experience or a 2-year technical 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.
  • Self-starter with a demonstrated history of following through.
  • Effective communications and regular interaction with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Must have strong documentation skills, organization skills, and the ability to interact with team members cross-functionally.
  • Able to effectively communicate in verbal and written communication skills.

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.