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Assemblers, Machinists, Material and Production Control, Composite Technicians, Coordinators, Planners and Stock Clerks. These are just a few of the Manufacturing positions we offer at General Atomics. As a Manufacturing team member, you will use high-tech machines, systems, equipment and tools to create and build our products.

Experience in handling composite materials, using CNC machines and software, reading blueprints and drawings and a general understanding of manufacturing prinicples and systems are all desirable qualifications.

  • Schedule: Full-Time Hourly

  • Job Level: Mid-Level (3-7 years)

  • Travel: 0 - 25

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What makes a successful Machinist at General Atomics? Check out the top traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Detail Oriented
  • Team Player
  • Results Driven
  • Organized
  • Productive
  • Problem Solver

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Date posted 01/16/2023 Job ID 39994BR Company General Atomics Experience Level Mid-Level (3-7 years) Job Title Machinist City San Diego State California Workstyle Onsite Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Hourly Salary Range $56,180 - $83,518

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.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Machinist III in our RF Technologies Group within our Magnetic Fusion Energy Division. This position, under general direction, provides machine shop support for the fabrication of precision components for the GA DIII-D reactor, as well as for commercial and government customers.

  • Under general supervision with general instruction, this position is responsible for performing moderately complex functions related to machine tools. Plans, lays out work, sets up and operates all types of lathes, mills or grinders to machine or grind developmental, production or maintenance parts to exacting tolerances and dimensions.
  • Reviews engineering drawings from sketches, graphic illustrations or verbal/written correspondence to plan sequence of operations. Computes angular and linear dimensions. Determines cutting or grinding tools to be used, method of holding, and machine speeds and feeds.
  • Improvises and adapts standard tooling. Performs typical operations such as turning, facing, boring, chamfering, turning tapers, drilling, grooving, reaming; machine compound angles, multiple angels, radii, splines, serrations and keyways.
  • Performs all types of helical and spiral milling, drilling, reaming, boring, tapping, slotting, and dovetailing on ferrous and non-ferrous metals and their alloys (experience with high aspect ratio boring operations preferred).
  • Operates and/or performs machine set up for any horizontal or vertical lathe, milling machine, or grinding machine. May operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines (experience with Fusion 360 and Mastercam preferred).
  • Lifts, cuts, loads and secures raw stock into machining equipment for job requirement.
  • Grinds own cutting tools, drills and bits.
  • May perform preventive maintenance on machines.
  • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations, and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.
  • Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
  • Other duties as assigned or required, including non-machining tasks.
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 an associate's degree, technical/trade school training or equivalent and four or more years related experience. Additional experience may be substituted for formal education. Must be customer focused and possess:
  • The ability to perform non-routine or moderately complex set-up and fabrication of machined parts with little direction;
  • Strong knowledge of machining equipment including ability to use judgment and safe practices;
  • Ability to read and understand engineering drawings, sketches, verbal and written instructions;
  • Skills to maintain the flow of work within the unit using independent judgment in solving non-routine problems and recommending solutions;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and written communication skills to interface with employees and management; and
  • Basic computer skills. The ability to work both independently and in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours as required.
  • Experience programming a 3-axis machine.
  • Use computer software to model cutting paths and program machines accordingly.
  • Programs, performs setup and/or capability to run difficult prototype work.
Desirable Qualifications:
  • Experience working with 5-axis machines.
  • Experience using Mastercam a plus.
  • Experience programming a 5-axis machining centers.
  • Develop and manage standard tool libraries.

Salary:$56,180 - $83,518
Travel Percentage Required 0 - 25 Relocation Assistance Provided Not Provided US Citizenship Required? Yes Clearance Required? No
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  • Competitive Pay

  • Paid Time Off

  • Healthcare

  • Multiple product lines means a variety of work

  • Pension, 401(k)/Retirement Plans

  • Travel

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“The people I work with and the great opportunities to grow are the reasons I look forward to coming to work every day.”
– Ralph, Technician
“I enjoy working with good people and knowing I am helping our great military.”
– Joe, Fabricator
“I chose General Atomics because I wanted to work in a challenging work environment.”
– Tony, Composite Technician
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“I'm excited to come to work because of the new projects and challenges.”
– James, Quality Composite Inspector

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