Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Lab Technician I - Optical (660423) PART TIME in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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's Albuquerque office, located near Kirtland Air Force Base NM, is a key provider of technical services to the Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy and Space Vehicles directorates. Our multi-discipline staff provides a broad range of scientific and engineering services, including laboratory and field experiments, technology assessments, modeling & simulation, and analyses. We are seeking additional qualified researchers and engineers to join our science and technology oriented organization.


This is a regular part-time position totaling >20 hours per week

Technician I– RDT&E; Support

What you’ll do:

Perform a variety of technical assignments requiring basic knowledge of engineering, science, or other technical applications. Assist and support other laboratory support staff in the regular maintenance activities including regularly scheduled maintenance of hardware, calibration of optical and electronic instrumentation, and property tracking. Duties are typically more task oriented (versus responsibility oriented), performed with oversight and prioritization more-senior laboratory support staff, engineers, or scientists. Examples of other activities, typically under the supervision of more senior technicians or engineers, you’ll perform include:

  • Assist in the set-up, conduct and disposition of experiments in a research, development, test, & Engineering (RDT&E;) laboratory environment.
  • Participate in set-up, alignment, inspection, and maintenance of optical beam trains to support laser experiments.
  • Safely set-up and operate high energy lasers in laboratory or field test environments.
  • Use standard laboratory instrumentation such as digital multi-meters, oscilloscopes, power-supplies, general optical bench equipment, optical sensors and detectors, and data acquisition hardware/software to perform measurements and collect data.
  • Conduct peer-reviewed cursory analyses of data using basic math skills.
  • Provide written documentation on findings as required by the specific tasks assigned.
  • Assist the RDT&E; laboratory support staff in positively tracking high-value hardware and instrumentation to include classification and inventory of high-value optical components.
  • Follow EHS (environmental health and safety) processes and procedures; recognize safety hazards, including hazardous materials, and pursue corrective action when necessary.
  • Effective communications and regular interaction with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Cross-train with other tasks across the organization.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule, while being flexible enough to work with changing needs of the RDT&E; environment.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the Company and the government customer. 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.
  • Enrolled in a 2 year technical program and currently developing applicable technical skills.
  • Self-starter with a demonstrated history of following through.
  • Must have strong documentation skills, organization skills, and the ability to interact with team members cross-functionally.
  • Able to effectively communicate in verbal and written communication skills.
  • 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 indoor and outdoor laboratory/office environment.
  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and customer-provided locations.

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: Lab Technician I - Optical (660423) PART TIME

Job ID: 660423

Location: NM - Albuquerque

Full/Part Time: Part-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular