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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Engineer Associate – Research and Development Test (670686) in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Engineer Associate – Research and Development Test (670686)

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NM - Albuquerque

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Who We Are:

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, Facebook or Twitter.

Ball Aerospace's Albuquerque office, located near Kirtland Air Force Base NM, is a key provider of technical services to the Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy and Space Vehicles directorates. Our multi-discipline staff provides a broad range of scientific and engineering services, including technology development, laboratory and field experiments, technology assessments, modeling & simulation, and analyses. We are seeking additional qualified researchers and engineers to join our science and technology oriented organization.


Engineer Associate – Research and Development Test

What you'll do:

  • Contribute to conceiving, developing and implementing experimental solutions to address thermal-, optical- or mechanical-related test objectives that are routine in scope. Experiments may be performed in a laboratory or field setting.

  • Participate with other researchers to develop a test methodology to address higher-level program goals.

  • Contribute to error-budget analysis to determine accuracy of proposed diagnostics.

  • Contribute to the design and development specialized controls, test fixtures and diagnostics for performing laboratory or field measurements to meet test objectives. Test environments may include low-flow, subsonic, supersonic or vacuum conditions.

  • Assist in the detailed characterization of materials, components, or systems in preparation for subsequent test activities. Characterization of systems may include reviewing operational manuals or consulting with subject matter expertise to obtain a baseline understanding of equipment under test.

  • Develop and implement data-reduction and analysis activities to translate laboratory-obtained data into relevant information. Quantify measurement uncertainties. Activities will likely involve the collaboration with modeling, simulation and analysis staff.

  • Preform pretest predictions using engineering or analytical models or collaborating with other research staff to develop test matrices and test decisional guidelines.

  • Typically use existing predictive models for pre- and post-test analysis.

  • Contribute to the development and presentation of test, safety, security or development plans to meet identified goals and objectives.

  • Contribute to the explanation and proper interpretation of research results through technically accurate briefings and reports to stakeholders, peer groups and decision makers.

  • Meet with internal and external customers and project collaborators to obtain feedback, goals, schedules, budgets and other critical information necessary to formulate or adjust technical solutions for new or on-going projects.

  • Obtain cost quotations from vendors and provide cost estimates for projects or assignments under consideration for execution.

  • Conduct literature searches to identify relevant information pertaining to topic under study.

  • Follow Department of Defense procedures for the proper usage and safeguarding of classified information.

  • 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 or a related technical field is required.

  • 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.

  • MS degree is preferred.

  • Experience working in a research and development environment preferred.

  • Familiarity with laboratory equipment including data acquisition systems, non-contact thermal diagnostics, vacuum systems, optics, and lasers preferred.

  • Familiar with standard safety procedures for operating in a laboratory preferred.

  • Familiar with standard test-related software such as LabView and MatLab preferred

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Top Secret security clearance.

Working Conditions:

  • 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.

Security Clearance:

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

EEO Statement:


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.