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Mechanical Engineer, Thermal Analyst

San Diego, 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 12/07/2022 Job ID 36792BR Company General Atomics Experience Level Mid-Level (3-7 years) Job Title Mechanical Engineer, Thermal Analyst City San Diego State California Workstyle Onsite Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary Salary Range $128,130 - $229,358

Job Summary 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 a Mechanical Engineer – Thermal Analyst in Rancho Bernardo, CA. The ideal candidate would be able to with limited direction, exercise considerable latitude in determining technical objectives for the review, research, design, development, and/or solution to advanced technical engineering problem (s).
May function in an advisory or project leadership role providing direction to less experienced professional staff. Formulates plans, typically long term, for solution(s) development, documentation, and deployment, as well as meeting various compliance, reporting, and safety standards.
Evaluates the integration of the engineering solution within the overall engineering environment; and ensures that appropriate documentation, testing, maintenance, and engineering updates completed.
Communicates with engineering professionals, users, and management throughout the solution development cycle, represents the company as a prime technical contact on contracts and/or projects, interacts with senior external personnel on technical matters requiring coordination between the organizations, and participates in the development of new or expansion of existing business.

  • Provides practical solutions to thermal problems related to lasers and advanced sensors, nuclear and nuclear thermal propulsion, electric motors, generators, battery systems and orbital satellites.
  • Documents findings and communicates reports and technical presentations at engineering meetings, and participates in program reviews.
  • Addresses technical issues utilizing standard engineering and scientific principles to ensure accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of work.
  • Assume technical and engineering responsibility for segments or key portions of contracts.
  • Provide technical communication within the Company management and may represent the Company as a technical contact to customers.
  • Maintains the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Works in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
  • We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.
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; nine or more years of experience with a Bachelor’s degree, seven or more years of experience with a Master’s degree, or four or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.
  • Demonstrates detailed technical expertise and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice in the field of thermal and fluid systems including conduction, convection and radiation. Prior experience with both closed form (by-hand) calculations and analysis software are required.
  • Must have with experience with organizing, planning, scheduling, conducting, and coordinating workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones with some experience in project leadership.
  • Must possess real world experience analyzing electronics cooling (Icepak), fluid flow, conduction, and radiation cooling approaches. Experience with computational fluid dynamics (Fluent) and orbital thermal analysis (Thermal Desktop) are a plus. Ideal candidate has mechanical design experience as well.
  • Experience with implementation of damage accumulation/failure models is desirable.
  • Able to obtain and maintain a security clearance at or above the Secret level.

Salary:$128,130 - $229,358
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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