Engineer I - Guidance, Navigation & Control (GN&C) at Ball Aerospace

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Powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus, Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most.


We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit Ball Aerospace Career Site or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


The Engineering Strategic Support Unit comprises the organizational talent and technical leadership that enables the successful delivery of high-impact discriminating technologies for our customers’ missions. Our collaborative, cross-functional teams are committed to innovation, integrity, continual learning and strong execution.


Engineer I – Guidance, Navigation & Control (GN&C)


This position is for a GN&C engineer who can work in a team to establish the baseline for space vehicles. This position will report to the program lead and to the manager of the Systems Engineering department. The responsibility includes developing the guidance, navigation, and control from design through execution for space flight programs.


What You’ll Do:


  • Perform Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) Engineering tasks throughout the lifecycle of programs or Research & Development (R&D) projects with direction from your mentor.
  • Understand and refine requirements for: attitude knowledge and pointing, agility, line-of-sight stability, orbit position knowledge, delta-v accuracy, and payload sun avoidance.
  • Provide analyses in the form of released documents: attitude knowledge and pointing budget, orbit determination and trajectory budget, agility analysis, maneuver settling, component selection & placement, emergency mode, dynamics & control system stability.
  • Understand GN&C components’ interfaces.
  • Support program gates such as the preliminary design review and critical design review.
  • Provide inputs to estimate GN&C team labor.
  • Support the development, test and evaluation of hardware, software, support equipment and systems as required for GN&C.
  • Support program from new business to flight including proposal support, concept development with trades; design of the GN&C; procurement; integration & test (I&T) of the GN&C; and on-orbit technical support for the GN&C
  • Clearly and thoroughly document the GN&C approach in Systems Engineering Reports, including detailed description of technical designs and applicable Ball philosophy.
  • Prepare and give presentations to peers, management, 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:


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 2 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. 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 in Guidance, Navigation, Control (GNC), Attitude Determination & Control Subsystem (ADCS), Dynamics & Control Systems, or related space vehicle systems preferred.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products.
  • Advanced computer application skills, such as MATLAB, Simulink, C, C++, STK, and other analytical tools preferred.
  • Experience with simulator/hardware test development and execution, as well as mission operations preferred.
  • A technical foundation with a desire to learn and grow.
  • Flexibility to manage differing technical opinions, evolving customer needs, challenging budgets and schedules, and limited resources.
  • Effectiveness working in small team environments with broad responsibilities and minimal oversight.
  • A desire to learn and ask questions - our culture fosters intellectual curiosity in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Superb writing and presentation skills.
  • Goal oriented with excellent organizational skills, a team mindset, and ability to come up to speed quickly on assigned programs.

 

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.


Compensation & Benefits:


  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $84,000 - $104,000 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • This position includes a competitive benefits package. For details, copy and paste https://bit.ly/3pNSnxv into your browser or visit our careers site.

US CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED


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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