Highway design engineer, supervisor of design engineering consultants, construction manager, long-range planner, and manager of schedules and budgets in Washington State District 1, from Seattle's King County to Blaine at the Canadian border: 1960 to 1975.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Agency Engineer for road construction and maintenance, Spokane and Kalispell Indian Reservations: 1975 to 1980.
Assistant Chief and Chief of the Indian Reservation Roads Program (planning, construction and maintenance), representing BIA at the Department of Transportation and at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and participating in AASHTO committees on policy, research and safety: 1980 to 1991.
Licensed to practice as a Professional Engineer (No. 8899) by the State of Washington: 1963 to date.
Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers: 1975 to date.
Member of the National Association of County Engineers: 1975 to date.
Author, Transportation Engineering, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-135180-4, 2001, and coordinating author, The McGraw-Hill Civil Engineering PE Exam Guide, Part of ISBN 0-07-136177-4, 2001.
Author, Transportation: New Systems for the New Century, the lead article for the 60th anniversary edition of Civil Engineering, the magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers, October 1990.
Jim Ball is a World War II veteran. Assigned to the 8th US Air Force and stationed in East Anglia, he flew 35 combat missions over Europe as a B17 Flying Fortress navigator and machine gunner.