General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Loads Engineer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 18309BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Loads 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 Unmanned Aircraft Systems 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 Loads Engineer in our Airframe Integrity Group. Under general supervision with limited review, this position is responsible for determining and developing effective approaches for resolving a wide range of difficult engineering problems.


  • Responsible for performing loads analysis of aircraft components, assemblies, and systems.

  • Loads analysis includes calculation of aerodynamic and inertial flight loads, landing, ground operations, and ground support equipment loads.

  • Calculate loads by way of classical and computer methods, and develop new methodologies for load development.

  • Generate documentation to support design and airworthiness certification.

  • A working knowledge of JSSG, Mil-Spec, and FAA airworthiness requirements is advantageous.

  • Experience with aeroelastic loads development, closed-loop flight control systems, in-flight testing, and explicit time domain analysis for loads development is desirable.

  • Must be familiar with loads development, statics, dynamics, aerodynamics, stability and control, and vibrations.

  • Must be familiar with gusts, landing simulations, and flutter.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a bachelor's degree, master's degree or PhD 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Must have the ability to perform FEA on composite airframes/structures.

  • Working knowledge of panel codes, NASTRAN, or ABAQUS software is preferred.

  • Experience in the aerospace or related industry and with loads analysis and loads development experience is required.

  • Desirable: Knowledge of aeroelastic systems, closed-loop flight control systems, flutter, and in-flight testing.

  • Experience with Matlab, Excel, Visual Basic, panel codes, NASTRAN, ABAQUS, or other loads development software.

  • 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.