General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Composite Design Engineer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 18571BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Composite Design 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 for a Composite Design Engineer working with aircraft structures and composite materials at our San Diego facility. Under general supervision and with regular review, this position supports the engineering staff in the design and analysis of composite airframe structures. Assignments are for small projects or phase(s) of larger projects(s) and are normally outlined in terms of specific engineering activities. Documents findings and implemented solutions, and communicates results to senior engineering staff. Contacts are primarily internal within the team. May provide direction to design staff or technicians. Focuses on creating, validating and documenting structural designs using composite and metallic materials. Methods include the use of Pro/Engineer (Creo) and/or NX and a balance of classical hand calculations and finite element tools to develop high performance airframe structures.


  • Applies engineering fundamentals to design, analyze, investigate and resolve assigned engineering problems.

  • Develops appropriate documentation of findings and implemented solutions, and communicates results to project engineering staff.

  • May be required to make technical presentations to project staff.

  • May provide direction to design staff or technicians.

  • 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.

  • Additional Functions as assigned or required.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a bachelors degree in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution.

  • Experience with Pro/Engineer or other parametric CAD tool (Catia, Solidworks, NX).

  • Experience with FiberSIM or other composite design tool.

  • Experience with Pro/Mechanica, Nastran or Abaqus FE Tools.

  • Hands on automotive, aircraft or manufacturing ability is preferred.

  • Must have a basic understanding of engineering concepts, principles, and theory.

  • Demonstrates the ability to follow and apply basic engineering knowledge, adapt standard techniques, and utilize the required diagnostics, tools and equipment, while ensuring safety and regulatory compliance.

  • Must be able to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment.

  • Good communication, computer, and interpersonal skills are required to enable an effective interface with other professionals, to produce appropriate documentation, and to present results to a limited internal audience. Must be able to work both independently and on a team.

  • 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.