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Project Engineer – Army Datalinks

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 11/20/2019 Job ID 26428BR Company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Experience Level Mid-Level (3-7 years) Job Title Project Engineer – Army Datalinks City San Diego State California Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary

Job Summary We have an exciting opportunity for an RF Datalinks Project Engineer to support our Army Engineering Group in San Diego, CA.

Under supervision and review, this position is responsible for developing effective approaches for resolving a wide range of difficult engineering problems related to remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) datalinks. Assignments will be outlined in terms of overall objectives and anticipated results. Work is reviewed at milestone intervals for adequacy in meeting objectives. Documents findings, communicates results to engineering staff and makes technical presentations as required. The successful candidate will coordinate projects with various engineering functional groups and the customer.

  • Develop and evaluate datalink solutions in support of the Army customer.
  • Regularly brief the customer and senior management about project progress, status, plan and technical decisions.
  • Provide documentation and make technical presentations as required.
  • Interface regularly with designers and/or subcontractors of various disciplines.
  • Effectively represent the organization in providing solutions to technical issues associated with specific projects.
  • Support System Integration Lab (SIL) and flight testing activities.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information.
  • 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 and 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.

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: six or more years of experience with a bachelors, four or more years with a masters, 2 or more years with a PhD. Strong preference is given to candidates with degrees in Electrical Engineering,
  • Digital Communications, Network Engineering, or related degree programs. Experience working with RF communication systems is required.
  • Must have a complete understanding of engineering concepts, principles, and theory. Must have experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts while expanding knowledge of principles, concepts, theory, and practices in related technical specialties.
  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment.
  • Must have excellent communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in engineering. Able to work extended hours as required.
  • Must be willing to work in a lab environment and possess hands on experience working with test equipment. Troubleshooting capability will be an important and required skill during these activities.
  • Must be able to work extended hours and/or travel if required to complete the assigned tasks.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required. U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Must possess the ability to organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases. Must possess the ability to determine the appropriate approach at the task level or, with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to a range of complex problems.
  • Must have excellent communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in engineering. Able to work extended hours as required.
  • Prior experience in at least one of the following are is highly desired:
  • Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) Satellite communications(SATCOM) systems, RF communication systems, Line-Of-Sight (LOS) tactical datalinks (TCDL), military RF networks
  • Military modems, antennas, radios, VHF/UHF communication
  • Experience with RF systems analysis including link budgets, noise analysis, gain budgets, modulation/demodulation signal analysis, error correction coding.
Travel Percentage Required 0% - 25% 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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