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RF Systems Engineer

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: 25% - 50%

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Date posted 10/29/2020 Job ID 30116BR Company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Experience Level Mid-Level (3-7 years) Job Title RF Systems Engineer City San Diego State California Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary

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.

We have an exciting opportunity for an RF Systems Engineer in our RF Datalink Engineering Department. Under general supervision with limited review, this position is responsible for the technical and project leadership with initial focus on leading and coordinating the rapid growing business sector of GA Transportable Earth Station (GATES) for MQ-9 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Major areas include the overall GATES technical leadership, subcontractor technical management, and coordinating with various stake holders for GATES support and deployment.

  • Provide Subject Matter Expert (SME) and technical leadership role for GA Transportable Earth Station (GATES) for satellite communications to support MQ-9 operations. Manage and work with the GATES subcontractor for the procurement, management, acceptance, integration, test, and deployment of the GATES. Develop plans, procedures, reports, and other appropriate documentation of findings and implement for GATES. Support GATES deployment at various CONUS and OCONUS sites.
  • Apply technical knowledge to analyze, investigate, and resolve assigned engineering problems in the areas of Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) satellite datalinks and Line-Of-Sight (LOS) datalinks for Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). Work includes: RF components research, analysis, trade-off, RF link budget analysis, and interfacing with datalink engineering functional areas for BLOS and LOS communications.
  • Perform datalink integration/testing with aircraft and ground control stations over a RF environment.
  • 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.
  • Expected to work 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.
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 degree, four or more years of experience with a masters degree, or two or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.
  • Prefers experience in the following areas: Satellite Communications Systems, Antennas (SATCOM or LOS), Common Data Link (CDL), tactical datalinks, VHF/UHF communications, IP Networked RF systems. Prior experience with Spectrum Analyzers, Network Analyzers, RF signal Generators, RF power meters, attenuators, power amplifiers, RF switches, RF combiners, and mustimeters are highly desired.
  • Experience with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) RF Communications integration is desirable.
  • Must have strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team; capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact and, lead a team of less experienced junior engineers or technicians.
  • May be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

Travel Percentage Required 25% - 50% US Citizenship Required? Yes Clearance Required? No
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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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