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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Engineer I - RF in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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 Systems Engineering Solutions Strategic Business Unit provides advanced systems engineering and technology applications for intelligence and information enterprises. These applications and solutions deliver enterprise data management, data analytics, modeling and simulation, and technology assessment capabilities that are used to create products that offer actionable information in support of warfighters and decision makers.

Ball Aerospace’s Albuquerque, New Mexico office is a key provider of science and technology services to the Air Force Research Laboratory and other government research and development organizations. Our multi-discipline staff provides a broad range of scientific and engineering services, including: technology development; diagnostic development; highly-controlled laboratory measurements; field experiments and demonstrations; technology assessments; modeling and simulations; and analyses. We are seeking additional qualified professionals to join our science and technology-oriented organization.

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Engineer I - RF

What You’ll Do:

  • A wide variety of antenna and RF systems test and evaluation.

  • A wide variety of antenna and antenna-related RF component design and development.

  • Antenna requirement evaluation, initial concept trade-off and development, in-house and customer presentations, travel, and technical proposal writing and cost/schedule estimating.

  • Be responsible for the hands-on design and realization of antennas, RF circuits, and components.

  • Design and/or evaluate RF circuit architecture and RF/antenna performance.

  • Investigate new technologies and applications for electrically small antennas.

  • Apply extensive technical expertise and has full knowledge of other related disciplines.

  • Mentor and guide more junior engineers and technicians in the design, build, and test phases of projects and programs.

  • Guide the successful completion of major programs and may function in a project leadership role.

  • Work is performed without appreciable direction. Exercise considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment.

  • Develop technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity.

  • Represent the organization as the prime technical contact on contracts and projects. Interact with external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations.

  • Interface effectively with people at all levels and from diverse areas, seek out responsibilities and opportunities to contribute, regularly meets with customers, provide leadership to groups and teams and guidance to less experienced employees.

  • 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 plus 2 or more years of 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.

  • Degree in Electrical Engineering preferred.

  • Full competency in core RF engineering and antenna theory and skills and potentially stronger specialization in electrically small antennas.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Makes presentations and may lead group discussions.

  • Experience and skills to effectively contribute to successful producibility of designs and to cost, budget, and schedule control.

  • Experience with design of electrically small antennas and a broad range of RF components (couplers of various types, amplifiers, filters, mixers)

  • Experience with microstrip filter design desired.

  • Analytical design experience using software and simulation tools such as AWR Microwave Office/Agilent ADS, CST, FEKO, HFSS, and SENTRI.

  • Experience with antenna range measurements.

  • Experience and proficiency in programming, data manipulation, and data visualization in MATLAB.

  • Must be able to create effective test plans; schedule and execute measurements at internal and external facilities; perform measurement analysis and troubleshooting.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply significant technical expertise in RF engineering and to leverage knowledge of other related disciplines.

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.


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. Click here (https://www.ball.com/aerospace/about-ball-aerospace/careers/benefits) to learn more.


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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