General Atomics and Affiliated Companies 2nd Shift - Composites Manufacturing Engineer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 17804BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: 2nd Shift - Composites Manufacturing Engineer

Job Category: Engineering, Manufacturing

City: San Diego

State: California

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

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: No

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 recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Composite Manufacturing Engineer in our GA-ASI/Aircraft Systems Group.

Much of GA-ASI Composites Manufacturing Engineering roles/responsibilities are centered on projects. Projects range from program/platform leadership/support, maturing manufacturing/materials/processes, continuous improvement, capital acquisition, and facility improvements/expansion. Projects originate from a data-based articulation of need within Composites Manufacturing.

As a Composite Manufacturing Engineer your role will be to lead and support - through rigorous quantitative analysis - multiple projects within GA-ASI’s product/platform line suite (Improved Grey Eagle, Certified Pred B, special projects, etc.), and within our range of manufacturing operations (material cutting/kitting, lamination, cure, demold, trim/drill/machining, and assembly). This includes leading/supporting top-tier teams of Manufacturing Engineers and technicians and developing manufacturing technology while ensuring aerospace standards and quality requirements are met.

This position requires depth and breadth of aerospace composite manufacturing, processing and materials knowledge. Project engineering and management experience required. Must be able to multitask multiple and complex projects while staying organized in a fast-paced environment. Must be able to collaborate, negotiate, and work with internal and external groups to ensure ideas come to fruition.


  • Must have experience with composite lamination operations, specifically

  • Familiar with laser projector systems

  • Hands-on experience with Fibersim

  • Design, build, and maintain lamination mold tooling

  • Knowledge of ATL and/or AFP

  • Devise new approaches to resolve unusual or highly complex manufacturing problems through early, upfront design-for-manufacturing (DFM) principles to ensure producibility, inspectability, testability, maintainability and repairability.

  • Troubleshoot conflicting design development vs. production requirements, promotes new methods / process equipment, and evaluates special material requirements.

  • Define and implement new manufacturing technologies.

  • Provides input to design, technical staff, briefs management, and participates effectively in a team of experienced professional staff.

  • Develop composite manufacturing processes, procedures and tooling using technical experience and collaborative interaction with the team to improve quality, eliminate non-value-added steps and shorten lead times.

  • Initiate and implement Lean and Six Sigma Projects to improve quality, lower costs, and remove tribal knowledge.

  • Establish process/specification control limits while seeking out opportunities for Poka Yoke.

  • Oversee prototype and pilot builds, document the build process with standardized work instructions, develop shop aids and routers

  • Lead PFMEAs

  • 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.

  • Must be available for either 1st or 2nd shift.

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.

  • Must have a general understanding of engineering concepts, principles, and theory with technical experience demonstrating the application of those concepts while ensuring safety and regulatory compliance.

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

  • Good 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.

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.