Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Special Projects RF Engineer (660963) in Dayton, Ohio

Who We Are:

Ball Aerospace leads the way in designing, developing and manufacturing innovative aerospace systems. We take on some of the most complex and exciting challenges in the universe--from space and Earth science to national security and intelligence programs.

We produce spacecraft, instruments and sensors, RF and microwave technologies, data exploitation solutions, and a variety of advanced aerospace technologies and products. In addition, we pioneered the development of the commercial remote sensing market, producing spacecraft and imaging systems that helped spawn a market-driven demand for imagery.

Our success is built on more than products or systems. Our team of more than 3,000 engineers, scientists, technicians and support staff drives all the achievements at Ball Aerospace. Whether contributing to a better understanding of the universe or helping keep our nation safe, our people bring their diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills together to achieve a common mission.

Ball Aerospace is a prime contractor leading development teams at AFRL and NASIC. Dayton personnel develop advanced hardware and software systems and provide management services to solve customer problems and create new capabilities. This includes designing and developing software tools and threat models, performing extensive data analyses, and executing modeling and simulations using both internally developed and standard models.

Systems Engineering Solutions provides technical and professional services to defense, intelligence, homeland security and space science markets.


Special Projects Principal Engineer (RF Systems)

What you’ll do:

  • Provide hardware and subsystem design management support to government customer.
  • Work closely with other related groups to ensure an effective RF solution.
  • Attend program meetings to insure program actions are conducted in a technically sound basis.
  • Prepare briefings, studies and “what-ifs” analyses as the hardware Subject Matter Expert (SME).
  • Track performance by tasks by related organizations.
  • Perform technical evaluations and analyses.
  • Track contractor’s performance, witness hardware tests and report results to Program Management.
  • Witness subsystem hardware ground and flight tests and report assessment results to Government Program Management.
  • Evaluate the survivability and vulnerabilities of platforms based on the latest hostile radar systems intelligence data.
  • Attend Technical Interchange Meetings (TIMs) and Design Reviews conducted by both Prime contractors and their vendors/subcontractors and report assessment and findings to Senior Program Management.
  • Write detailed hardware and systems requirements for new systems or applications.
  • 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 Electrical Engineering or related technical field plus 12 or more years of related experience.
  • Experience as an RF hardware or systems engineering lead.
  • Must have a current Top Secret clearance.
  • 5 or more years leading hardware design, analysis, testing and working with contractor hardware teams and contractor equipment is preferred.
  • Deep knowledge of RF to include radar systems, electronic support measures, electronic warfare, RF path analysis and antennas.
  • In addition to the typical educational and experience requirements, a demonstrated capability to adequately perform the essential functions and responsibilities of the position and exhibit the skills and competencies of the grade level should be considered. 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.

Working Conditions:

  • Work is performed in an office/laboratory setting, predominantly at government locations.
  • Must be willing to travel to technical meetings 8 to 12 weeks per year.

Security Clearance:

Successful candidate will have completed a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. *U.S. Citizenship is Required.


Relocation for this position is NOT Available

EEO Statement:


Equal Opportunity Employer

Minority, Female, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Veterans.

Job Title: Special Projects RF Engineer (660963)

Job ID: 660963

Location: OH - Dayton (Fairborn)

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular