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Aircraft Prototype Project Engineer

Adelanto, California

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General Atomics pioneers technologies with the potential to change the world. Behind a talented global team of engineers, GA delivers safe, sustainable, and economical solutions to meet growing global demands. Our Engineers have an opportunity to work on first of a kind product lines within an incredible, dynamic environment.

Engineering positions typically require a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience. Candidates from mechanical, electrical, and aerospace engineering backgrounds must know the fundamentals of engineering system developments, requirements, testing, and integration before getting to the final stages of customer interface and project management.

  • Schedule: Full-Time Salary

  • Job Level: Senior (8+ years)

  • Travel: 0 - 25

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Date posted 04/12/2023 Job ID 40914BR Company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Experience Level Senior (8+ years) Job Title Aircraft Prototype Project Engineer City Adelanto State California Workstyle Hybrid Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary Salary Range $116,480 - $208,505

Job Summary General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems.

We have an exciting opportunity for an Engineer to support Airframe and Structures development projects at General Atomics-ASI. This engineering position supports the development of aircraft structures as a Project Engineer in the Advanced Aircraft Engineering (AAE) organization. In a Project Engineering capacity, you will be a part of a team that focuses on organizing and coordinating all phases of Airframe/Structures sub-system projects from requirements definition to conceptualization through flight test.

  • Airframe Product Development/Integration Project Leadership
  • Lead project(s) of moderate size for the Airframe/Structures Sub-System
  • Facilitate and coordinate interdependent job functions within the Structures Development IPT (Structural Design, Loads Development, Structural Analysis, Materials and Processes, Manufacturing, and Specialized Tooling activities) Supply Chain, and Manufacturing.
  • Manage the Development/Derivation of Requirements, Internal Statement of Work, and Basis of Estimates for Airframe/Structures Sub-System.
  • Manage technical support for airframe structures suppliers via development/compilation of Supplier SOW’s and Technical Data Packages, and technical coordination, risk management, and issue resolution.
  • Working through engagements with functional leadership, build the team to execute the project
  • Develop, communicate, and facilitate the execution of project priorities and goals
  • Develop Project Tactical Execution Plans with buy in from SME’s
  • Align with Program Integrated master schedule
  • Manage/Throttle Project Scope and Budget.
  • Airframe Product Manufacturing Operation/Transition to Production
  • Coordinate with Manufacturing Work Centers, Program Management, and Supplier Management for Make/Buy decisions
  • Facilitate Transition to Production and flow of design data to manufacturing
  • Coordinate Design For Manufacturing and Assembly
  • Specialized Tooling Design Requirements Coordination with Manufacturing
  • Coordination of Engineering/Liaison Support for Product Build and Qualification Testing
  • Interacts with internal and external engineering and project/program staff at various levels concerning resolution of technical/requirements issues.
  • Provides documentation and makes technical presentations as required.
  • May represent the Advanced Aircraft Engineering Department in communicating/resolving technical issues associated with specific projects.
  • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations, and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.
  • Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Job Qualifications:
  • Typically requires a bachelors degree, masters degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; twelve or more years of experience with a bachelors degree, ten or more years of experience with a masters degree, or seven or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.
  • Demonstrates a detailed and extensive technical expertise and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice with the ability to organize, plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones with some experience in project leadership.
  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills to effectively interface with other departments, customers, government representatives, and/or professionals; the capability of representing the organization as a prime technical contact; and, the ability to provide leadership and guidance to less experienced professionals.
  • Must be customer focused and able to work on a self- initiated basis or in a team environment and able to work extended hours and travel as required.
  • A Professional Engineering License, original work(s) published in professional engineering journals, invited to present one or more original works to an engineering symposium, and invited and/or participated on an engineering review panel are desirable.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain DoD security clearance is required.
Salary:$116,480 - $208,505
Travel Percentage Required 0 - 25 Relocation Assistance Provided Provided US Citizenship Required? Yes Clearance Required? Desired Clearance Level Secret
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  • Healthcare

  • Pension, 401(k)/Retirement Plans

  • Competitive Pay

  • Multiple product lines means a variety of work

  • Paid Time Off

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“The company is growing, has a very good reputation and had open positions in my area of expertise (aircraft design/design methodology development).”
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