General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Thermal Engineer in Englewood, Colorado

Job ID#: 18401BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Thermal Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

City: Englewood

State: Colorado

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: Desired

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 currently have an exciting opportunity for a Thermal Engineer working on satellite systems to join our team located in Englewood, CO.

Under general supervision and with regular review, this position supports the engineering staff in the analysis, investigation and resolution of engineering problems of moderate scope and complexity. Assignments are normally accompanied by general instructions and suggestions, outlining possible approaches, sources or information, and potential problems to be encountered with work reviewed regularly for soundness of technical judgment, overall adequacy and accuracy. Tasks involve the exercise of independent judgment and discretion about matters of significance. Documents findings and implemented solutions and communicates results to engineering staff. Contacts are primarily internal with infrequent inter-organization or customer contact on routine matters. May provide direction to design or technician staff.


  • System engineering and technical design and analysis for studies and missions from bid generation, through to launch and operations, with a thermal system focus.

  • Perform thermal subsystem level design, including requirement analysis, mission analysis, and design trade-offs.

  • Perform thermal analysis tasks, including hand calculations to support early feasibility and subsystem / system level thermal models.

  • Develop innovative but practical solutions to thermal interface issues arising in design, assembly, integration and test of satellite systems.

  • Perform thermal test predictions, testing, evaluation and correlation.

  • Generate thermal interface control documentation, test plans and procedures.

  • Support the wider team in mission and operational concept development for satellite missions.

  • Liaise with all levels of program and engineering staff on thermal design and test matters and support other teams / disciplines as necessary.

  • Apply technical knowledge to analyze, investigate and resolve engineering problems.

  • Prepare technical responses to bids, presentation materials and reports, for a variety of applications and customers.

  • Support customer and supplier meetings and presentations at all project stages.

  • Liaise with customer and supplier staff, and staff from other parts of GA.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

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 or masters degree in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and two or more years of engineering experience with a bachelors degree. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.

  • Familiarity with all aspects of the satellite system life cycle, including environmental test, launch, commissioning and operations.

  • Understanding of orbit mechanics and the impact of different orbits on satellite thermal design.

  • Experience with ESATAN-TMS is an advantage.

  • Familiarity with passive and active thermal management techniques.

  • Additional knowledge of the space radiation environment would be of interest.

  • Understanding of clean room compliance and safe working practices.

  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately and organize work assignments to meet established timetables.

  • Strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Must be able to work extended hours as required.

  • An EIT (Engineer in Training) certificate is desirable.

General Atomics and affiliated companies is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.