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Technical Intern - Industrial Engineer

Compensation & Benefits:

  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $20.80 - $29.50 per hour (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
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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.

The Ball Aerospace Internship Program is a 10-week summer program that provides interns with practical experience working on relevant projects while working with designated mentors; access to state-of-the-art equipment; a competitive wage; relocation reimbursement; in-house training; group activities; possible future employment and the ability to participate in the Ball Aerospace Remote Sensing Team (BIRST) program to build and launch a rocket or high-altitude balloon. At the conclusion of the internship, interns will be required to prepare and deliver a formal presentation of their project work to their respective department.

Technical Intern - Industrial Engineer

At Ball Aerospace’s Westminster Colorado location, we develop and manufacture state of the art RF & sensor technologies that are integrated onto tactical missile and aircraft platforms. If you’d like to join our rapidly growing operations team in a mission to help the warfighter, this could be an ideal role for you. 

This is an incredible opportunity for a current student, preferably with an Industrial Engineering degree focused on Systems and/or Supply Chain, to support the production of advanced RF products. Additionally, this role serves as the jumping off point to other exciting career opportunities at Ball Aerospace which includes Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Operations, Operations Management, or Value Stream Manger just to name a few! 

This is a challenging and dynamic role responsible for manufacturing planning and production, material availability, material and product flow, capacity and bottleneck resolution, as well as improvement efforts that drive our operational strategy. This opportunity requires a result driven individual with strong organizational skills, ability to thrive in a team environment, and a passion for continuous improvement.  

What You’ll Do:

  • Practice Lean Manufacturing principals and methodologies.
  • Effectively work in a cross-functional team environment.
  • Develop and implement systems and improvement strategies for direct material flow (in plant transport, inventory staging/access, and assembly line supply) including capacity and bottleneck resolution.
  • Evaluate process improvements for operations (labor balancing, time studies, picking, kitting, packing and loading, line-side storage setup, and product sequencing) to minimize downtime and rework.
  • Coordinate equipment / process changes related to materials picking, packaging, storage, transport, delivery, line-side use, returns, and any other material related issues to support all assembly lines.
  • Perform various analysis of the value stream ensuring proper layouts, material flows, and available capacity enabling successful program execution.
  • Maintain an intense focus and continuous presence where the work is performed. Take daily Gemba walks, go and see to gather the facts, and develop a deep and thorough understanding of the process.
  • Be accountable, drive accountability within the organization, and put problems first with a sense of urgency.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Capabilities 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:

  • Must have completed your sophomore or junior year and be enrolled in a degree program for the fall of 2024. We will also accept students enrolled in a graduate degree program.
  • 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.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with cross-functional teams using effective communication.
  • Excellent demonstrated organizational skills and a focus on timely delivery of specified deliverables’ goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrated intellectual curiosity, ability, and willingness to multitask and prioritize projects given multiple opportunities.
  • A creative approach to problem solving and an appetite for experimentation.
  • A problem-solving endurance that persists in the wake of initial setbacks.


On-Site Work Environment: This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site five days each normally scheduled week in the primary work location. Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.


Working Conditions:

  • Ball Aerospace is a drug-free workplace, which is imperative to the health and safety of all employees and is required as a condition of receiving contracts from federal agencies. Please remember that regardless of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and other states, possession and use continues to be illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This includes the use of some CBD products. A post-offer, pre-employment drug test is a condition of employment.
  • 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.