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Survivability 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: Senior (8+ years)

  • Travel: 0 - 25

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Date posted 01/30/2023 Job ID 37941BR Company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Experience Level Senior (8+ years) Job Title Survivability Engineer 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.

GA’s Survivability group has an exciting position available located in Poway, CA, for a Survivability Engineer to provide design and analysis, tool development, and systems development support to a variety of projects.

  • Develop tools to aid analysis and predictions of platform performance, such as first-order modeling, material property prediction or estimation, geometry fixing, and design optimization.
  • Utilize industry standard tools for the prediction of RF properties for GA-ASI designs. Suggest design changes based on these predictions to meet program objectives.
  • Guide and develop integrated RF solutions for a range of conventional and survivable platforms supported by results of numerical models and simulations in collaboration with senior personnel.
  • Participate in the design and fabrication of measurement and test articles (“fixtures”, “pole models”) for validation of survivable designs.
  • Support testing efforts at outside facilities and mature in house RCS testing capabilities. The successful candidates will prepare test plans, interface with vendor personnel, and may require being onsite during testing to ensure test integrity.
  • Demonstrate experience with survivable composite structures such that they can help guide design and requirements for new program builds. Be able to guide design and requirements for these programs to ensure results meet customer requirements.
  • Develop tools to evaluate measured test data of platform performance, including transferring measured data to numerous 2D and 3D RCS analysis codes to inform design iterations.
  • Provide technical support and leadership to ensure that work products meet requirements through simulation, fabrication and test. The successful candidate will prepare and present status and progress reports, PDR and CDR presentations, and formal proposals to senior level personnel and customers.
  • Act as Principal Investigator and provide technical leadership to IRAD and CRAD projects targeting development and implementation of Survivability technologies.
  • Ensure compliance, reporting, and safety standards are maintained. Work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures.
  • Observe all laws, regulations, and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.

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; nine or more years of experience with a bachelors degree, seven or more years of experience with a masters degree, or four or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.
  • Electromagnetics phenomenology experience with emphasis in RF technology is a must, with work related experience in integration of low observable designs. Candidate should have experience in the following:
    • Experience in design and modeling of vehicles and low observable systems utilizing 2D and 3D RCS analysis codes such as (but not limited to) RAM2D, XPATCH, and SENTRi. Experience with Pioneer, Knowbell or other similar tools for analysis of measured data is also desirable.
    • Experience in creating geometry inputs using CAD and meshing tools, such as NX, Rhino, and Cubit
    • Experience in developing tools using MATLAB, LabView, Python or other programming languages.
    • Experience in developing tools using MATLAB, LabView, Python or other programming languages.
  • Demonstrates an extensive technical expertise and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice related to electromagnetics and RF integration of subsystems, 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 are required enabling an effective interface with other departments and/or professionals, and capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact, as well as 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 and travel as required (<5%).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. DoD security clearance.
  • A Professional Engineering License, original work(s) published in professional engineering journals, and invited to present one or more original works to an engineering symposium are desirable.
  • Desired: Master's or Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, or related technical field
  • Desired: Demonstrated experience modeling and analyzing various systems using codes
  • Desired: Active U.S. DoD security clearance
Salary:$105,890 - $189,545
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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