Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Mechanical Engineering Co-Op Student in Broomfield, Colorado

Who We Are:

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality metal packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Our approximately 18,700 knowledgeable, motivated and customer-focused employees share Ball's high regard for mutual respect, integrity and ethical conduct.

Founded in 1880, Ball Corporation was originally known for the glass canning jars your grandmothers used to use. Today, Ball makes packaging that enables delivery of safe, nutritious food and beverages and convenient household products to consumers around the world. Ball Aerospace is known for its contributions in support of space and Earth science, exploration, national security and intelligence programs.

Ball is one of the world's largest manufacturers of food cans, aerosol cans, paint & general line cans, and specialty metal tins. Fruits, vegetables, soup, meat, beverages, or pet food - we make a metal can that protects products and displays them beautifully. Ball is North America's largest producer of 3-piece steel aerosol cans, Europe's leading supplier of extruded aluminum aerosol cans and the world's largest producer of aluminum slugs (disks that are later extruded into cans and bottles).

Ball is a Lean/SixSigma environment – exposure to these tools and methods is preferred.

Job Duties:


We are looking for a bright, energetic student to work with our Food & Aerosol Packaging Engineering Group in our Broomfield, Colorado location. Our co-op program allows us to take advantage of student’s knowledge and experience in a variety of engineering disciplines and gives students invaluable experience working for a highly successful organization.

Ball strives to offer an open atmosphere for co-op students where everyone in the department is available to answer questions, offer encouragement and support an environment for learning.

Co-op students may expect to gain experience working in several different areas:

Container Engineering: Co-ops working on our container engineering work will:

  • Learn how to read, interpret and make mechanical engineering drawings using Ball’s drawing standards.
  • Work with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T;) while working on Ball and vendor drawings.
  • Gain experience in the design of tooling and machine parts used in our equipment to manufacture food and aerosol cans and ends.
  • Use sophisticated measuring tools including laser micrometers to measure cans and end components, tooling and machine parts.
  • Gain experience in troubleshooting problems with food and aerosol cans and ends through detailed analysis in our laboratory.

Project Engineering: The project engineering group is responsible for the installation of new equipment and capabilities into manufacturing facilities. Equipment includes partial and complete can lines, press lines, and flat sheet service centers. The design of the line layout, specifications of the equipment, and management of the project including scheduling, budgeting, and the installation are key initiatives for the project engineering department. Travel to the twelve US locations is required to support the technology and the manufacturing processes. A working knowledge of Cad design is highly desired along with a mechanical aptitude that can be utilized while on site.

Research & Development: Ball’s Technology and Innovation Center in Broomfield is the home our North American R&D; packaging laboratory. This facility is the focal point of research and innovation at Ball Food & Aerosol Packaging, where new packaging, processes, and materials are designed, tested, and analyzed by our engineering and scientist staff. Co-op associates will be part of the R&D; engineering group, directly participating in this work using CAD (SolidWorks), FEA, and analytical equipment. There will be opportunity to engage in a wide range of engineering work, from prediction of theoretical performance of new containers, through Tool-and-Die design, to manufacture, testing, and analysis of the new containers. Additionally, manufacturing machinery dynamics and loading will be studied. Working in R&D; at Ball offers a spectrum of engineering experience under one roof in a “hands-on” laboratory environment.

Words from a recent co-op student: “I personally like working at Ball because I like being able to get experience both in the office and then hands on in the lab. I also like that everyone is here to help if I need it. I like how everyone has taken time out of their day to teach me about the company and what is involved in making cans to improve the process.”


  • Provides technical support and pertinent information to plants, licensees, joint ventures, customers and other engineering groups.
  • Participates in troubleshooting investigations and corrective action of container and closure product and product-related equipment.
  • Assists in investigating, developing, and implementing closure container-related cost improvements in material usage, operating practices and equipment utilization.
  • Examines the cost of materials and processes with a goal of increasing quality and reducing overall manufacturing costs through evolutionary development programs.
  • Assists in coordinating and participates in project implementation, installation, check-out, tune-up, and start-up of new equipment.
  • Develops and reviews equipment specifications and recommends criteria to manufacturing.
  • Performs proper acceptance inspections of new equipment.
  • Assists in providing liaison and technical support to other disciplines of production engineering and other departments.
  • Updates product, tooling, metal and packaging specifications and designs and disseminates this information.


  • Student in the CU or CSU mechanical engineering program.
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to functionally use a computer.
  • Must maintain professional competence, ethical integrity, knowledge, and skills.
  • Must be able to handle sensitive and proprietary information in a confidential manner.
  • Work under supervision/or follow specific detailed instructions following established procedures.
  • Ability to apply standard evaluation, selection, and adaptation and modification of standard engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria.
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills.


Relocation for this position is NOT Available.

EEO Statement:

Equal Opportunity Employer

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

Job Title: Mechanical Engineering Co-Op Student

Job ID: 661069

Location: CO - Broomfield

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Temporary