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Ground Support Equipment Engineer

Poway, 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 05/24/2022 Job ID 36871BR Company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Experience Level Mid-Level (3-7 years) Job Title Ground Support Equipment Engineer City Poway 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 have an exciting opportunity for a Staff Engineer to work with a dynamic team of engineers and designers focused on ground support equipment (GSE) development and sustainment engineering projects. Reporting to a GSE Engineering Group Supervisor as well as other task managers as required, the Staff Engineer will be responsible for executing a variety of engineering tasks. Members of the GSE Engineering team typically have very diverse project workloads that ensure involvement in a broad spectrum of engineering efforts.

Under periodic supervision and with somewhat limited direction, this position is responsible for determining and developing effective approaches for resolving a wide range of engineering problems related to ground support equipment (GSE). Assignments are normally outlined in terms of overall objectives and anticipated results. Work is reviewed at milestones and/or at completion for adequacy in meeting established objectives. The engineer collaborates with teammates/stakeholders/internal customers, documents findings, communicates results to engineering staff, and makes technical presentations as required. The engineer may coordinate segments of a specific project and may have frequent inter-organization and customer contact on difficult technical issues. The engineer collaborates with design/drafting staff, generates/reviews/approves engineering content of drawings and may provide direction and/or mentorship to less experienced professional staff. New hardware development projects are normally owned by the engineer throughout the Mechanical Engineering Design Controls process. The engineer is responsible for executing, tracking and regularly reporting on relevant programmatics (e.g. cost, schedule and deliverable status).

  • Support operation of GSE engineering products or systems by evaluating and interpreting needs and problems and develop effective approaches to resolve those issues.
  • Develop and maintain mechanical engineering project planning artifacts (task lists and estimates, Gantt charts, etc.) and periodically report progress and issues.
  • Generate formal engineering documentation (drawings, memos, specifications, test procedures, reports, engineering change packages, etc.) in accordance with Mechanical Engineering Design Controls process, relevant Engineering Work Instructions, and program direction as required.
  • Direct the activities of designers/drafters; may direct the activities of less experienced professional staff.
  • Make technical presentations to: internal GSE Eng. team; internal Engineering/Technical Review Boards; and possibly to external customer review boards.
  • Collaborate with Manufacturing and Quality representatives on design/documentation of parts/assemblies.
  • Support Manufacturing, Test & Quality groups regarding questions/issues related to the engineer’s part/assembly throughout the manufacturing, test and acceptance processes.
  • Support customer milestone events related to delivered GSE products/systems, including but not limited to: fit checks, logistical demonstrations, and trans-mobility testing.
  • Support the development and approval of operational procedures, maintenance manuals, and associated reports generated by the Product Support Engineering (PSE) group for use by the customer. Generate and document intended operational characteristics and procedures for GSE usage and disseminate to other functional engineering groups through the use of engineering memos, interface control drawings, detailed design specifications, etc.
  • Troubleshoot, analyze, and recommend methods of rework/repair of GSE products/systems by utilizing sound engineering and scientific principles.
  • Support design reviews and source inspections for GSE products custom-designed to GA-ASI specifications by a subcontractor at the supplier’s location (occasional short-duration travel is required).
  • Generate requirements and recommendations on the acquisition and use of equipment, systems, or other capital expenditures.
  • May represent the organization in providing solutions to technical issues associated with specific projects.
  • Occasionally travel to GA-ASI’s flight operations facilities in Gray Butte, Adelanto & El Mirage (high desert in CA) and/or Yuma, AZ, to support product development/testing.
Other Performance Requirements/Expectations:
  • Maintain the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Observe and follow all laws, regulations, and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.
  • Work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
  • Define individual accountability and milestones to meet project objectives.
  • Conduct oneself in a courteous, respectful, and professional manner at all times.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.
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; six or more years of experience with a Bachelor’s degree, four or more years of experience with a Master’s degree, or two or more years of experience with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.
  • Must have a thorough understanding of engineering concepts, principles, codes, and theory; experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts; and, expanding knowledge of principles, concepts, theory, and practices in related technical specialties.
  • Must possess the ability to develop and communicate new concepts; apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and, determine the appropriate approach at the task level or, with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to a range of complex problems.
  • Must have strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in one or more engineering areas; and, lead a team of moderately experienced professional employees on single component projects. Able to work extended hours as required.
  • A Professional Engineering License and original work published in professional engineering journals are desirable.
  • Prior Supervisory or Lead experience is preferred.
Travel Percentage Required 0 - 25 Relocation Assistance Provided Provided US Citizenship Required? Yes Clearance Required? No
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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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– John, Staff Engineer

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