Engineer Associate - Industrial

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.

The Operations Strategic Support Unit plays a fundamental role in enabling efficient business and program execution – from technologies and investments to supply chain, manufacturing and test operations, facilities management, and information technology services.

Engineer Associate - Industrial

What You’ll Do:

  • Continuously monitor production related metrics, including capacity (overall value stream and equipment specific) enabling accurate staff and capital projections to meet business demand.
  • Identify capital needs and support capital project execution.
  • Execute various improvement projects (transactional and process related).
  • Evaluate system capacity demand, identifying constraints and waste, and propose effective solutions.
  • Facilitate operational strategic planning efforts to identify purpose and long-term goals.
  • Collect and evaluate project scope and requirements.
  • Manage capital equipment efforts from trade studies to equipment selection through implementation.
  • Support the development of a strategic roadmap for future operations growth.
  • Improve forecast database management and analyze the outputs to quantify business growth.
  • Perform factory and individual value stream analysis using simulation software, including development of proposed and current state factory layouts.
  • 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
  • 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 Industrial Engineering preferred.
  • Low volume / high mix manufacturing experience is desired.
  • Experience in traditional Industrial Engineering tool set (block diagrams, material flow analysis, capacity planning, material handling systems, etc.) is preferred.
  • Experience relocating or moving manufacturing equipment.
  • Proficient with AutoCAD, MS Suite, MS Project and MS Visio. Factory modeling software experience (such as FlexSim®) preferred.
  • Familiarity with and ability to teach the Lean Manufacturing tool set (6S, TPM, Value Stream Mapping, single piece flow).
  • Project management experience desired. PMP certification considered.
  • Direct experience with Lean Manufacturing, which includes both the business philosophy aspect as well as the "tool set".
  • Background in electronics, software, machining, or similar work environments preferred.
  • Experience with manufacturing modeling software or queueing theory is preferred.
  • Proven interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as a team player.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and listening communication skills.
  • Ability to work and manage to strict schedules.
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment to achieve solutions that are best for the company.

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.

Relocation for this position is available.


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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