General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Airframe Test and Systems Engineer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 18264BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Airframe Test and Systems Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

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 in our SkyGuardian UAS group. Under general supervision with limited review, this position is responsible for systems engineering and technical leadership within the Aircraft IPT. Initial focus will be leading and coordinating airframe fatigue testing activities for certification of a new unmanned aircraft variant currently in development. Major areas of development include airframe and payload modifications specific to new customers and future growth potential.

Assignments are normally outlined in terms of overall objectives and anticipated results. Work is reviewed at milestones or at completion for adequacy in meeting objectives. Documents findings, communicates results to engineering staff, and makes technical presentations as required. Will coordinate segments of a specific project and may have frequent inter-organization and customer contact on difficult technical issues. Provides direction to design or technical staff and may provide direction to less experienced professional staff. Supports UAS/aircraft flight and ground test activities. Champions airworthiness certification and qualification activities.


  • Provide technical leadership and ownership within the Aircraft IPT

  • Provide systems engineering support as follows:

  • Coordinate with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), Certification Verification Engineers (CVEs), Office of Airworthiness and Systems Safety Group to ensure airframe fatigue testing activities are aligned with the certification basis and its proposed means of compliance.

  • Develop and maintain aircraft component qualification processes and procedures, including providing guidance in determining and writing qualification approach statements.

  • Ensure qualification approaches are completed in a timely manner and are integrated into test plans.

  • Provide project engineering support in conjunction with the program management as follows:

  • Work with Certification IPT Lead to define work scope, deliverables, budget estimates (NRE, materials, travel), and schedule for next year and out-years tasking to support IRAD and customer program(s).

  • Work with the functional engineering managers to ensure priorities are well defined and resource allocations are planned to ensure staffing is adequate to meet schedule.

  • Responsible for management of airframe qualification efforts that are both in-house and subcontractor activities.

  • Define status milestones and due dates to keep certification on track and ensure management awareness of task summaries, schedule status, budget status, and technical issues as needed.

  • Directs the activities of engineers, designers, technicians and may direct the activities of less experienced professional staff.

  • Represent the Chief Engineer’s office at program reviews and Technical Interchange Meetings (TIMs) as follows:

  • Attend design reviews and weigh-in on the technical, schedule and budget needs of the program.

  • Coordinate with functional design engineers from various technical areas to solve relevant qualification issues and keep certification efforts on track and within program scope.

  • Act as technical representative for customer and management meetings by presenting technical content at design reviews (e.g. Certification Panels, SRRs, PDRs, CDRs, etc.…).

  • Work with program managers to provide technical coordination of vendors and suppliers by ensuring SOWs and technical specifications are written and correct.

  • Coordinate meetings and technical reviews with responsible design engineers and subcontractors.

  • Maintains the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • 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.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; four or more years of experience with a bachelor’s degree or two or more years of experience with a master’s degree. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.

  • Must have a complete understanding of engineering concepts, principles, codes, and theory; experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts; and, expanding knowledge of principles, concepts, theory, and practices in related technical specialties.

  • Background in aviation qualification is desired.

  • Excellent written communication skills are highly valued.

  • Experience with critical thinking and creative problem solving in a fast paced environment is desired.

  • Experience working as a Cost Account Manager (CAM) and an understanding of Earned Value Management (EVM) is desired.

  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly; apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and, 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 one engineering area; and, lead a team of less experienced professional employees on semi-routine tasks.

  • Experience with FAA Regulations or MIL Specifications desired.

  • Able to work extended hours as required.

  • Able to travel to flight test facilities in Southern California and Arizona 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.