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

Job ID#: 18834BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Mechanical Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

City: San Diego

State: California

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.


  • Provides direction to manufacturing, test, subcontracts staff or technician staff.

  • Supports the coordination all activities between design engineering, QA, procurement, program office, planning, configuration management, vendor and customer.

  • Ensures design and procurement documents are in place to support procurement of component.

  • Documents findings and implements solutions and communicates results to engineering staff.

  • Assists the engineering staff in the analysis, investigation, and solution of routine engineering problems of limited scope related to small project(s) or to phase(s) of larger project(s), normally outlined in terms of task-related activities with detailed instructions.

  • Performs functional testing of equipment and systems in assigned area by utilizing standard engineering and scientific principles.

  • Documents findings and implemented solutions, and communicates results to project engineering staff.

  • Obtains and compiles test data related to modeling and analysis.

  • Requires making brief technical presentations to project staff.

  • Advises management/engineering staff and the program office of the status of work in progress, material availability, and potential design/production problems to ensure that personnel, equipment, materials and services are provided as needed.

  • Works with manufacturing engineering and project management to resolve any design related issue impacting production and to improve product design.

  • Perform root-cause failure analysis, requirements verification, develops failure tree & troubleshooting steps by utilizing standard engineering practices and scientific principles.

  • Represent the organization in technical review boards and customer meetings, as a member of the engineering project subsystem, providing solutions/status to technical issues associated with specific projects.

  • Performs review, approval, presentation and the tracking of engineering change request and assemblies manufactured for the functional test, with emphasis to the respective engineering project subsystem.

  • Assesses any given Incident Report (IR) due to a failure of a Unit Under Test (UUT), develops a Plan of Action and Milestone (POA&M) and supports the Failure Reporting and Corrective Action System (FRACAS).

  • Completes and reviews required documentation to disposition any equipment or system as a Unite Under Test (UUT), provides technical presentation before the customer as required and makes sure the engineers supporting the IPT or engineering project subsystem team are verbatim compliant with the process as required.

  • Provide direction and task activities to engineer staff under the IPT or engineering project subsystem

  • Provides disposition to Supplier Disposition Requests (SDR)/ Non-Conformances (NR) and others, due to manufacturing requests for information, request for design change or non-conformances on the parts being made.

  • Provides technical evaluations to support procurement decisions.

  • Supports and resolves issues and problems at the test site to support test schedule.

  • Develops procurement documents and specifications, Statement of Work (SOW) documents and proposals support for engineered components and assemblies.

  • 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 degree, masters degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; nine or more years of experience with a bachelors degree, seven or more years of experience with a masters degree, or four or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.

  • Experience with ProE/Creo or Solidworks.

  • Demonstrates an extensive technical expertise and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice with the ability to organize, plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones with some experience in project leadership.

  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment.

  • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required enabling an effective interface with other departments and/or professionals, and capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact, as well as providing leadership and guidance to less experienced professionals. Customer focused, formulates plans based on the development of innovative new designs in resolving advanced technical engineering problems.

  • Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment

  • Able to work extended hours as required.

Desired Qualifications

An EIT (Engineer in Training) certificate or PE (Professional Engineer) license are desirable

Familiar with ANSYS, NASGRO, AutoCAD, MatLab and MathCAD is desirable

U.S. Navy program acquisition, shipbuilding, ship design, construction and component engineering experience is


Electrical/Electronic design experience is desired

Production and fabrication experience is a plus

Machine design experience is a plus

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.