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Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Technician IV - Optical in Boulder, Colorado

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 at or connect with us on LinkedIn at , Facebook at , Twitter at or Instagram at .

The Engineering Strategic Support 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.

Technician IV - Optical

We are seeking an Optical Technician, with optical laboratory and optical system assembly experience; to work with optics that will be integrated into complex space-based optical sensors for NASA and DoD markets.

What You’ll Do:

•Make measurements and analyze data using basic math skills.

•Produce data packages and reports using Microsoft Office tools.

•Build custom optical measurement setups.

•Perform optical alignment of complex optical sensors.

•Operate commercial and custom optical instrumentation.

•Integrate optical components into higher level assemblies.

•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:

•High School diploma or equivalent plus 8 years or more related experience or a related 2-year technical degree and 6 years or more related experience.

•Each higher-level related degree, i.e., Bachelor’s or Master’s, may substitute for two years of related experience. 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.

•Space-based optical system experience is preferred.

•Candidate should have a working knowledge of optical technology, hands-on experience in optical component integration and characterization, and a mechanical aptitude for working with delicate opto-mechanical hardware.

•Experience working in cleanroom environments.

•Optical lab, optical assembly, optical test setup, and optical alignment experience required.

•Working knowledge and use of Microsoft Office, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

•Ability to run technical software programs.

•Must be detail oriented.

•Ability to work with many different disciplines with a strong emphasis on collaboration.

•Ability to perform delicate optical assembly and bonding work.

•Electronic aptitude is desirable.

•Position requires working at all Ball Aerospace’s Colorado campuses (Boulder, Broomfield and Westminster) for extended periods of time.

•Current Top Secret (TS/SCI) clearance with a current favorable single scope background investigation is desired but not required. The ability and willingness to obtain such a clearance is required.

Working Conditions:

•Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, cleanroom, or production floor.

•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 : $25.96/hr - $35.10/hr (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 at 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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