Ball Aerospace is powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus. We pioneer 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.
At our core, we’re passionate, committed people who believe together we can achieve extraordinary things. We work collaboratively with each other, our customers and partners to solve the world’s greatest challenges. That means listening to one another, providing feedback and partnering across all levels. We value our inclusive culture where everyone is heard equally and creativity thrives. Each team member is fully invested in our mission and we bring an energy to work every day that propels our business and motivates us all to Go Beyond.®
The Enterprise Assurance Strategic Capabilities Unit delivers critical assurance disciplines that protect and enable people, data and missions. We provide a comprehensive approach to managing risk across the enterprise for current and future information environments where the business and missions execute. We apply the use of innovative tools and robust processes to ensure mission and business success.
The Ball Aerospace Internship Program is a 10-week summer program that provides interns with practical experience working on relevant projects while working with designated mentors; access to state-of-the-art equipment; a competitive wage; relocation reimbursement; in-house training; group activities; possible future employment and the ability to participate in the Ball Aerospace Remote Sensing Team (BIRST) program to build and launch a rocket or high-altitude balloon. At the conclusion of your internship, you will be required to prepare and deliver a formal presentation of your project work to your respective department.
Technical Intern – Reliability Engineer
Are you an undergraduate or graduate student in Electrical Engineering, and want your professional career to take-off to space and beyond? Reliability Engineering offers the opportunity to gain experience with a multitude of products and missions, as we assurance Mission Success. This role is an opportunity to be involved with space vehicles, payloads, and terrestrial technology supporting our nation’s most significant scientific discovery and defense missions to the protect and inform the United States of America’s most advanced technologies. If you are a rising Electrical Engineer and want to accelerate your career by engaging in the most advanced scientific opportunities available to undergraduates, this opportunity might be for you.
What You’ll Do:
- Under the general supervision of and mentoring by Mission Systems Assurance (MSA) Systems Electrical Reliability Engineers, gain familiarity with reliability requirements that enable Mission Success.
- Be mentored by Mission Assurance (MA) Leadership, MSA Leadership, and Reliability Engineers to understand the role and possible future employment opportunities.
- Interface with a variety of Engineering disciplines and programs across the Ball Aerospace enterprise as you perform your role and develop understanding of the industry.
- Under the general supervision of a Senior-Level Reliability Engineer, gain familiarity of a variety of work metrics utilized in the Reliability Engineering discipline, both in the terrestrial and space domains:
- Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)
- Mean Time Between Critical Failures (MTBCF)
- Mean Time to Recovery / Mean Time to Restore (MTTR)
- Probability of Success (Ps)
- Operational Availability (Ao)
- Under the general supervision of a Senior-Level Reliability Engineer, gain familiarity of a variety of analyses utilized in the Reliability Engineering discipline, both in the terrestrial and space domains:
- Reliability Prediction
- Part Stress Analysis (PSA)
- Failure Modes Effects Criticality Analysis (FMECA)
- Worst Case Analysis (WCA)
- Worst Case Circuit Analysis (WCCA)
- Limited Life Analysis (LLA)
- Electrical Failure Analysis
- Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) and/or Probabilistic Risk Assessment
- Learn to employ a strong understanding of the drivers for component and system reliability to identify potential risk to the program early in design.
- Create accurate electrical reliability component parameter variation models to be entered into a database.
- Analyze electrical circuits classically and/or using SPICE.
- Opportunity to investigate failures in electrical circuits.
- Learn to translate written requirements from both internal and external sources into simple, straight-forward requirements.
- Opportunity to learn how to derive Systems Engineering Requirements from Security Requirements and Controls.
- Opportunity to assist other Reliability Engineers in completing their tasks for hand-on experience.
- Engineer efficiencies with ownership of a Continual Improvement Project having defined milestones, with high MSA and Enterprise Assurance visibility.
- Understand the role Reliability Engineering and MSA plays in the overall Program Lifecycle within Ball Aerospace, as well as the Engineering interfaces.
- 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:
- Must have completed your sophomore or junior year and be enrolled in a degree program for the fall of 2024. We will also accept students enrolled in a graduate degree program.
- 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.
- Pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering.
- Have a track record of highly collaborative working skills in a team environment.
- Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, including excellent communication and presentation skills, and the ability to lead group discussions.
- In addition to the typical educational and experience requirements, the successful candidate must possess a demonstrated capability to adequately perform the essential functions and responsibilities of the position and to exhibit the skills and competencies required to fulfill the workflow.
- Solid analytic capabilities and organizational skills.
- Experience utilizing mathematical software tools.
- Ability to document analysis results and write clear and concise reports.
- Ability to efficiently learn new subjects / techniques / software independently.
- Ability to contribute to the success of small teams through excellent teamwork.
On-Site Work Environment: This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site five days each normally scheduled week in the primary work location. Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.
- 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.
Relocation for this position is available.
Compensation & Benefits:
- HIRING SALARY RANGE: $20.20 – $28.75 per hour (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
- Temporary positions typically are not eligible for benefits. For details, copy and paste https://bit.ly/3pNSnxv into your browser or visit our careers site.
US CITIZENSHIP IS 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.