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Focal Plane Project Engineer I
We are seeking a Detector Engineer to fill technical and project engineering leadership roles in support of design, analysis, fabrication, test and operation of spacecraft / aircraft electro-optical systems for commercial, DoD and NASA customers.
What You’ll Do:
Support the development of custom visible (CCD and visible hybrid), NIR, SWIR, MWIR (3 - 5 micron, and LWIR (8-12 micron) camera systems for high reliability applications.
Work on a team to develop the system architecture, the design and test of low noise focal plane detectors used in high-speed video, LIDAR and scientific space-based applications.
Work on cross functional teams including optical, electrical, mechanical, thermal, and systems engineers to develop and to optimize detector system performance.
Manage cost, schedule, and technical milestones and lead integrated product teams of up to 30 people to meet program goals.
Interface with BATC teams, customers, and detector vendors.
Support proposal efforts for new camera systems and detector technologies including writing proposal basis of estimate reports.
Support detector procurement activities including development of and management to vendor statement of work and specifications.
Guide and mentor junior engineers to promote skills growth.
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, Physics, or a related technical field is required, plus 8 or more years related experience in detector design, detector test, electronics design, breadboard fabrication and focal plane system test.. A Master’s degree is preferred.
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.
Demonstrated knowledge of visible, NIR, SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR detector systems.
Demonstrated knowledge of micro-electronics packaging of detectors.
Experience leading an engineering team (12 - 30 people) on electro-optics projects.
Experience with Cost Account Management Reporting and resource loaded schedules.
Experience managing a budget greater than $100,000 including monthly reporting.
Experience identifying and managing projects risks and assumptions.
Effective interpersonal skills including demonstrated leadership ability.
Ability and willingness to teach project engineering skills to peers and junior staff.
Effective verbal and written communication skills and presentation skills.
Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or cleanroom, 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.
Successful applicant for this position must be eligible to obtain a DoD clearance or government customer access to classified/sensitive material. 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 or government customer access within a reasonable time after the offer is extended and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance. *US Citizenship is Required. By applying to this position you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire, if one is required, 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
US CITIZENSHIP 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.