San Diego, California
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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Job Summary General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) designs and manufactures first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS' expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions support critical fleet, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and process and monitoring applications for defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide.
We have an exciting opportunity for an Electrical Engineer (EE) to join our Signal Electronics team located in Rancho Bernardo, CA. We are looking for someone with drive, talent, and experience in Power Electronics design and Li-Ion Battery Systems who also thrives in a fast-paced, Research and Development (R&D) environment. The successful candidate will report to the Signal Electronics EE Design Team Manager and, alongside high-caliber staff, will be engaged in the engineering support and new development of High Energy Laser (HEL) Systems, advanced airborne sensors, laser communications systems for space applications, and a variety of other technologies in the expanding product portfolio of GA-EMS.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Work with GA-EMS Electrical Engineering staff and chief engineers in the concept development and prototype design, integration, and test of Power Electronics and Li-Ion Battery Systems for all product lines and technology areas. These encompass high-power motor drives, power conditioning systems, pulsed power systems, high energy laser systems, advanced sensors, and space-based laser communications.
- Demonstrate prior experience in the improvement of legacy systems and development of new systems.
- Generate electrical architecture solutions for new project needs, perform electrical engineering analyses for systems and circuits, document findings, communicate results to engineering and program management staff, give technical presentations, and manage technical effort schedules.
- Responsible for guiding the successful resolution of engineering problems, serve as a consulting resource for engineering knowledge, apply the latest technological advancements to the problem, and will often function in a project leadership role.
- May lead a cross-functional engineering team in technical efforts involving Ultra-High Power Lithium-Ion batteries, very compact power converters, or space-based electrical systems.
- Contribute to complex, electrical/optical/mechanical engineering efforts with hardware and personnel safety in mind while exercising business strategy and political savvy.
- Grasp, understand, correlate, and apply concepts in electrical engineering to pieces in a complex system.
- With limited direction, plan and execute technical efforts quickly and strategically. Assignments will normally be outlined in terms of broad specifications, objectives, possible results anticipated, and critical reference points requiring special attention.
- May represent the organization as the prime technical contact on projects.
- Performs other duties as assigned or required.
- 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.
- An active DoD Secret Security Clearance is required.
- US Citizenship is required.
- Required Experience: Power Electronics; mixed-signal, analog/digital circuit design; Li-Ion Battery Systems.
- Desirable Experience: Power systems; power supplies; multiphase DC-to-DC converters; embedded controls in power electronics; digital or microprocessor control of power supplies; guiding a design through development and into production; familiarity with DoD technical review process (at a minimum, SRR, PDR, CDR, TRR).
- Desired Skills (ranked high to low): Experience with PADS PCB Design Software, SPICE circuit simulation tools, C/C++, LabView, VHDL, HyperLynx Signal/Power Integrity tools, ANSYS Signal Integrity tools.
- Demonstrate 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 possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving project environment.
- Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required to enable an effective interface with other departments and/or professionals.
- Customer-focused and able to formulate plans based on the development of innovative new designs in resolving advanced technical engineering problems.
- Capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact, as well as providing leadership and guidance to less experienced colleagues.
- Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment.
- Some travel and extended work schedules may be required.
- The submission of a cover letter with resume is desired.
Pension, 401(k)/Retirement Plans
Multiple product lines means a variety of work
Paid Time Off
“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
“We don't ascribe to quotas; we do ascribe to securing the BEST talent to enrich our culture toward healthy diversification and active/viable community service. We are STEM advocates.”– Debra, CSSBB: Staff Engineer
“Every day is different, with different problems to solve and many programs to support. I am a problem solver and have always been motivated by the tough questions.”– Scott, Laser Scientist
“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