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Sensor Operator - Instructor

Date posted 10/30/2015

Job ID#: 6791BR
Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
Job Title: Sensor Operator - Instructor
Job Category: Pilots
City: Grand Forks AFB
State: North Dakota
Regular/Temp: Regular Employee
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hourly

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 a UAV Sensor Operator Instructor at our Grand Forks, North Dakota Flight Training Academy!

Under general direction, this position is responsible for the operation of the sensor/payload on the UAV during all phases of ground and flight operations. The sensor operator will also serve as a crewmember of the UAV, assisting the Pilot-In-Command (PIC) as directed for safe operation of the aircraft to include reading checklists, assisting in emergencies and effective crew resource management. The sensor operator will assist the PIC with mission planning, briefing, mission execution, ground and flight safety and debriefing. The SO will also provide academic and in-flight instruction.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Assists the PIC in ground and flight operations efforts including mission planning, execution, briefing, debriefing, aircrew resource management and safety.
  • Operate the payload of an MQ-9 UAV, on the ground and in flight, in support of customer requirements and successful execution of the mission at Grand Forks, ND.
  • May participate in production flight test of Company and government aircraft.
  • May participate in the preparation and presentation of continuation training of aircraft systems, mission support and deployed operations.
  • Instruct UAV student Sensor Operators in ground and flight operations on MQ-9 aircraft.
  • Assist the PIC in complying with all governing regulations including service guidance, company procedures and Federal Aviation Administration Regulations.
  • Voluntary OCONUS deployment opportunities may be available.
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned or required.
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  • Typically requires a High School diploma or equivalent and six or more years of previous sensor operator experience or experience with the operation of complex, integrated systems, preferably airborne sensors, including three or more years experience in UAV operation or aviation with significant deployment experience. Equivalent professional or military experience in UAV or aviation may be substituted in lieu of education.
  • Must demonstrate a detailed understanding of UAVs, tactical reconnaissance and aviation principles.
  • Ensures compliance with service guidance, company policy and procedures and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.
  • Must possess: (1) ability to obtain a DOD secret clearance as well as customer specific clearances(s); (2) ability to travel CONUS and OCONUS; (3) ability to obtain an FAA Class II medical certificate; (4) strong analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to accurately interface with all levels of employees, military and civilian customers, contractors and aircrew; (5) the ability to maintain strict confidentiality of sensitive information; and (6) detailed knowledge of computer operations and applications.
  • The ability to work both independently and in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours and travel as required.
  • Additional education/formal training equivalent to the completion of a two year technical degree or trade school equivalency is strongly desired.
  • US citizenship required.
  • USAF qualified MQ-9 Sensor Operator, (LRE/MCE), with a current Form 8 is strongly desired.
  • Possession of at least two-hundred and fifty (250) hours as a Sensor Operator in the Predator/Reaper family of aircraft is strongly desired.
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