Fault Management Systems Engineer I

  • Ball Corporation
  • Boulder, CO, USA
  • Jun 22, 2022

Job Description

Clearance Requirement: A current, active TS/SCI security clearance is required.

Ball Aerospace is powered by endlessly curious people who promote a sense of belonging and equality with an unwavering mission focus. We pioneer discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. What's more, our company balances listening to experiences, providing feedback, and partnership at all levels to create a more inclusive environment. Our team members are able to fully invest in the work that they do, bringing dynamic thinking and energy to Ball Aerospace.

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 Capabilities 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.

Fault Management Systems Engineer I

Join the Fault Management team at Ball Aerospace - a diverse group of creative, passionate systems engineers with an expertise in designing on-board autonomy to protect space system mission objectives in the presence of critical faults and failures. We work on everything from payloads to space vehicles to mission architectures. Our close-knit team looks out for one another, sharing expertise & common design practices, collaboratively engaging on the hardest technical problems, and constantly sharpening one another through candid and curious discussions. Fault management offers opportunities to dig into the lowest level details of the system, really understanding how it works, while also considering the big-picture architecture, customer needs, and mission objectives. Individuals who thrive in this environment build skills that prepare them to move into technical leadership roles like chief engineer, architecture lead, lead systems engineer, etc. We are searching for innovative leaders who enjoy rolling up their sleeves to solve hard problems alongside other subject matter experts to help us ensure mission success for the next generation of Ball Aerospace missions.

We're seeking an action-oriented engineer with intellectual curiosity who is excited to apply systems engineering fundamentals and technical expertise to designing autonomous fault detection and correction. Our national defense missions require the utmost attention to the fault management design to ensure mission success through simple yet robust implementations. As part of this team, you will have the opportunity to grow as a leader, gain technical depth in multiple subsystems, refine your communication skills, and challenge yourself to solve hard problems with a mission success perspective. You will participate in internal and external development and milestone reviews, design fault protection that will be loaded to flight hardware, develop scripts and participate in verification and validation of the design, and ultimately support commissioning of the mission on-orbit as well as provide expert factory reach-back support in the case of on-orbit anomalies.

As an Engineer I, you will work closely with, and be mentored by, experts in the field. You will have opportunities to take ownership of portions of the overall design while collaborating with a team to ensure all the piece parts work together. You will work directly with other fault management engineers on your program, providing an opportunity for daily mentoring that will prepare you to become a fault management lead in the future. From there, there are growth opportunities in multiple directions - we'd love to hear about your personal career goals.

Fault management engineers are systems engineers, and as a result, you will have opportunities to contribute beyond the fault management design. Architecture design, CONOPS definition, integration and test, requirements verification, and mission operations are common places where fault management engineers contribute to the program beyond the fault design. Our engineers are involved from program study phases all the way through on-orbit factory support; true cradle to grave exposure to the space mission lifecycle.

What You'll Do:

  • Work in a fast-paced team environment designing, building, verifying, and launching spacecraft & missions.
  • Contribute to fault management concept, development, test, and training/operations activities.
  • Participate in the systems engineering team on your program.
  • Understand mission-level priorities and risk posture to inform fault management implementation.
  • Develop a working knowledge of individual vehicle subsystems.
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts to solve unique design challenges related spacecraft health and safety.
  • Understand failure modes and effects for vehicle subsystems and components.
  • Tailor heritage fault management designs to meet program-specific mission requirements.
  • Clearly and thoroughly document the fault management approach in Systems Engineering Reports.
  • Collaborate across internal and external interfaces and with the customer to develop a mission fault management design.
  • Develop test plans, procedures, and scripts, and execute test campaigns to verify fault management design.
  • Participate in hardware build and test as a member of the systems engineering team.
  • Collaborative member of fault management section, contributing to internal peer reviews, development of common philosophies and approaches, training and mentoring activities.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Capabilities 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 plus 2 or more years related experience. BS degree in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or a related technical field 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.
  • A current, active TS/SCI security clearance.
  • Ability to be a self-motivated learner with demonstrated desire and ability to learn new technical areas.
  • Capability to think critically at all mission levels; architecture-level impacts of design decisions down to implementation details.
  • Collaborative, team-oriented approach to problem solving.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Strong experience with scripting and programming preferred.
  • Detailed understanding of one or more spacecraft subsystem preferred.
  • Experience with simulator/hardware test development and execution and/or mission operations preferred.
  • Systems engineering experience with requirements validation and verification preferred.
  • Goal oriented, excellent organizational skills, a team mindset, and a desire and capability to come up to speed quickly on the assigned program preferred.

Full-Time On-Site Work Environment : This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site full-time. Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.

Working Conditions:

  • Ball Aerospace is a drug-free workplace, which is imperative to the health and safety of all employees and is required as a condition of receiving contracts from federal agencies. Please remember that regardless of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and other states, possession and use continues to be illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This includes the use of some CBD products. A post-offer, pre-employment drug test is a condition of employment.
  • 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.

Verification that your current security clearance or government customer access meets the requirement for this position will be required.

Relocation for this position is available.

Compensation & Benefits:

  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $86,000 - $107,000 (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.


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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