Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Quality Engineer (660364) in Kent, Washington

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.


*This position is contingent upon contract award*

This position is in Kent, WA

Quality Engineer

What you’ll do:

  • Perform assurance activities for engineering design, systems analysis and design, sub-system level to system level test and integration, etc. for all phases, systems, programs and or products from less complicated, single focus activities to extremely complex and highly diverse activities.
  • Assess new launch vehicle entrant compliance with applicable Air Force, Department of Defense, and commercial best practices, requirements, and policies.
  • Apply modern quality principles and methods to assess and evaluate manufacturing processes to include: product/process design, producibility, process qualification/validation, requirements flow down, manufacturing process requirements/documentation, product and process controls, measurement and test, product/process audits, statistical applications, configuration management, and lean manufacturing.
  • Assess, capture, and track certification manufacturing engineering status, risks, and risk mitigation plans.
  • Interface with certification representatives to include USAF, Government, New Launch Entrant, FFRDC, and other Government agencies.
  • Apply quality assurance processes to all certification products, reports, and reviews.
  • Report to the Quality Engineering Team Lead on status of quality engineering activities and products.
  • Provide and communicate understanding of both the technical and programmatic aspects of a project to the project team as well as the customer.
  • Apply quality assurance processes to all certification products, reports, and reviews.
  • Report to the Manufacturing Engineering Lead regarding status of manufacturing engineering activities and products.
  • Manage assigned technical and programmatic priorities in relation to customer technical and programmatic priorities.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, strong written, communication, oral presentations skills, and ability to lead group discussions.
  • May work with classified documents which requires thorough knowledge of DoD procedures for the proper usage and safeguarding of classified information.
  • 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, Math or Physical Sciences, or a related technical field is required plus 5 or more years related experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with the development and application of quality assurance and engineering fundamentals and best practices applied to complex aerospace subsystems.
  • Familiarity with industry and government specifications and standards and the requirements contained therein that guide the design, build, & test of complex aerospace systems.
  • Specific experience with launch vehicles, highly desired.
  • Strong understanding of Quality Engineering (QE) principles, tools, methods, and standards.
  • Willingness to take initiative, be able to complete tasks in a timely manner, possess good interpersonal and project management skills, have the ability to multi-task, plan, and be able to represent the QE role in cross-functional meetings and to customers.
  • Record of high level of organizational and communication skills, and a capacity for attending to details.
  • Experience with auditing to industry standards and organizational processes.
  • Ability to objectively communicate issues and influence positive outcomes in potentially.
  • Experience interfacing with computer-based database and schedule tools.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Active Secret Clearance is desired.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% time.
  • 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, 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.

Security Clearance:

Successful applicant for this position must be eligible to obtain a DoD clearance. A current DoD clearance is not required to be eligible for this position, however the successful applicant will be required to obtain a DoD clearance within a reasonable time after the offer is extended and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance. * US 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: Quality Engineer (660364)

Job ID: 660364

Location: WA - Kent

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular