Engineer II-Guidance, Navigation & Control (GN&C)
Posted on: May 3, 2021
Clearance Requirement: A current, active top secret security
clearance is required.
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talent and technical leadership that enables the successful
delivery of high-impact discriminating technologies for our
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committed to innovation, integrity, continual learning and strong
Engineer II 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, & control from design through execution for
space flight programs.
What Youll Do:
- Perform Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) Engineering
tasks throughout the lifecycle of programs or Research &
Development (R&D) projects with direction from your
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 Youll Need:
- Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering or a related
technical field is required, plus 5 or more years related
- Each higher-level degree, i.e., Masters 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
- Experience in Guidance, Navigation, Control (GNC), Attitude
Determination & Control Subsystem (ADCS), Dynamics & Control
Systems, or related space vehicle systems is desired.
- Current Top Secretsecurity clearance is required.
- Experience with Microsoft Office products
- Advanced computer application skills, such as MATLAB, Simulink,
C, C++, STK, and other analytical tools is a strong plus.
- Experience with simulator/hardware test development and
execution, as well as mission operations is a plus.
- 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
- Effective in small team work environment 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.
- Top candidates will be goal oriented individuals with excellent
organizational skills, a team mindset, and capable of coming up to
speed quickly on assigned programs.
- 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.
This position is eligible for a Hiring Incentive of up to
$10,000 for external hires only.
Verification that your current security clearance or government
customer access meets the requirement for this position will be
Relocation for this position is available.
Compensation & Benefits
- HIRING SALARY RANGE: $102,000 - $126,500 (Salary to be
determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and
abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with
- This position includes a competitive benefits package. Click to
US CITIZENSHIPIS 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.
Nearest Major Market: Boulder
Nearest Secondary Market: Denver
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