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Industrial Engineer

Palmdale, 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: Mid-Level (3-7 years)

  • Travel: 0 - 25

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Date posted 07/01/2022 Job ID 33610BR Company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Experience Level Mid-Level (3-7 years) Job Title Industrial Engineer City Palmdale State California Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary

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 currently have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Industrial Engineer within our ASI Division located in Gray Butte, California.


  • Responsible for manufacturing process development, implementation, and continuous improvement to improve Safety, enhance Quality/ Yield, reduce Cost, and improve Productivity/Schedule.
  • Initiate and lead lean manufacturing process improvement projects.
  • Specify and implement equipment and processes including efficient layout and optimization of material and information flows.
  • Establish and maintain labor standards, lead times, and capacities/capabilities for manufacturing and ancillary processes.
  • Establish and maintain work instructions and other documentation associated with manufacturing and ancillary processes.
  • Collaborate with Design Engineering during prototype, development, and first article manufacturing
  • Support and collaborate with shop floor technicians to solve manufacturing problems.
  • Effectively communicate verbally and in written form to both technical and non-technical audiences, regarding manufacturing processes, engineering issues and proposed changes, and quality issues and dispositions.
  • Leading Value Stream Mapping and Kaizen events.
  • Establish and manage shop floor metrics that align with leadership defined KPI’s

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 bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution, and progressive engineering experience as follows; four or more years of experience with a bachelor’s degree or two or more years of experience with a master’s degree. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.

  • Experience with Engineering change processes from requests through implementation is required.

  • Experience leading cross-functional teams through problem solving and project execution.

  • Expertise in complex assembly methods and processes (aerospace and composites a plus).

  • Experience in project management and knowledge of Project Management Body of Knowledge a plus.

  • Experience with Drawings and engineering/manufacturing bill of materials is required.

  • Experience with Lean/Six Sigma Manufacturing methodologies for waste reduction and their application in a manufacturing environment is required.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

  • Knowledge of ERP systems (SAP desirable).

  • Basic CAD design experience (floor layout and small tooling preferred).

  • Materials management (warehousing, transportation, logistics) experience desirable.

  • Must have a general understanding of engineering concepts, principles, and theory with technical experience demonstrating the application of those concepts while ensuring safety and regulatory compliance.

  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment and organize work assignments to meet established timetables.

  • Strong written and verbal skills, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Must be able to work extended hours as required.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Security Clearance is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency with SQL, data mining, and optimizing queries across multiple datasets is desirable.

  • Proficiency with PowerBI – modeling and creating expressions with PowerQuery and DAX.

  • Experience applying simulation models to a manufacturing environment to predict capacity requirements or plan for future scenarios.
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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