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Principal Avionics Systems Engineer CCA Programs

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: Senior (8+ years)

  • Travel: 0 - 25

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Date posted 06/21/2024 Job ID 43296BR Company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Experience Level Senior (8+ years) Job Title Principal Avionics Systems Engineer CCA Programs City Poway State California Workstyle Hybrid Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary Salary Range $105,890 - $189,545

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 are pleased to announce this exciting opportunity for an experienced, results-oriented engineer to conceive and develop new air vehicles in a dynamic environment. The individual chosen for this role will perform air vehicle conceptual design, including development of relevant tools and technologies, performing design trade studies and leading development teams. With limited direction, this position exercises considerable latitude for initiating and developing designs, procedures, techniques and solutions to solve advanced technical engineering problems. Serves as a consulting resource of engineering knowledge, drives requirements development, applies the latest technological advancements to the problem, and may function in a project leadership role. Documents findings, communicates results to engineering staff and executive leadership, makes technical presentations. May represent the organization as the prime technical contact on small identifiable projects. Provides direction to design or technical staff and may lead a team of moderately experienced professional staff.

  • Design new air vehicles and modifications to existing air vehicles. Develop analysis tools and perform mathematical modeling of air vehicles. Identify and evaluate technologies which enable marketable new products.
  • Responsibilities will include conceptual air vehicle design, multi-disciplinary design optimization, aircraft sizing, trade study execution, sensitivity analysis, requirements development, vehicle configuration layout, and briefing senior management on results. Responsibilities may include cost modeling, aircraft performance analysis, mission planning / CONOPS preparation, mathematical modeling, simulation development, project planning, and documentation of results.
  • Position requires strong analytical and communication skills (written & oral), a broad knowledge of aeronautical sciences and ability to work closely with a wide variety of groups including but not limited to Aerodynamics, Structures, Propulsion, Thermal, Weights, Power Electronics, Software, Flight Test, Systems Engineering.
  • Candidate must be competent with MATLAB or Python, MS office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project), and have excellent technical writing and time management skills.
  • Familiarity with multi-disciplinary design optimization (e.g. MATLAB Optimization toolbox, Mode Frontier, Model Center), techniques to handle problems with many input/output variables (e.g. OpenMDAO) and large data sets in a computationally efficient manner is required.
  • Experience working 1 or more aircraft development program from conceptual design through flight test is desirable
  • Expert user of MATLAB or Python is highly desirable, as is experience with any of the following functions and tools:
    • Air vehicle design/analysis (e.g. RDSWin, AAA, FLOPS) and NX, CREO or similar CAD/lofting
    • Effectiveness modeling (AFSIM, COMMAND)
    • Life Cycle Cost Estimation (SEER-H, Price True Planning)
    • Model Based Systems Engineering (CAMEO, MagicDraw)
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) (e.g. XFOIL, XROTOR, DFDC, AVL, MSES, VSPAERO, SU2)
    • MATLAB Simulink, Flight Dynamics, 6DOF modeling, Autopilot integration
    • Computational Structural Dynamics (CSD) or aeroservoelasticity (e.g. ASWing/ZAERO)
    • Utilization of cloud-based, massively parallel and HPC resources
    • Other structured programming language (e.g. Java, FORTRAN, C++, Lua)
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 in engineering or a related technical field as well as nine or more years of manufacturing engineering experience. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.
  • Demonstrates 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 be able to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately in an evolving environment.
  • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills enabling an effective interface with other departments and professionals. Capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact and providing leadership and guidance to less experienced professionals.
  • Customer focused, formulates plans based on the development of innovative new designs in resolving advanced technical engineering problems.
  • Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Able to work extended hours as required.
  • Original work(s) published in professional engineering journals, and invited to present one or more original works to an engineering symposium are desirable.
Salary:$105,890 - $189,545
Travel Percentage Required 0 - 25 Relocation Assistance Provided Provided US Citizenship Required? Yes Clearance Required? Yes 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).”
– Peter, Senior Staff Engineer
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“I work in the Components Engineering and Obsolescence Management Dept. Our efforts are saving General Atomics several millions of dollars by proactively leading and informing the company of all these decisions which significantly impact production, sustainment and new designs.”
– John, Staff Engineer

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