General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Sensor Operator: Deployed Sensor Operations and Development in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 18929BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Sensor Operator: Deployed Sensor Operations and Development

Job Category: Product Support

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hourly

Travel Percentage Required: 25% - 50%

Clearance Required?: Yes

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.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Deployable Sensor Operator to join our Lasers and Advanced Sensors team located in Rancho Bernardo, CA.

This position is to operate advanced EO/IR sensors and assist in their development. The successful candidate will be involved in the development, integration and testing of electro-optic infrared (EO/IR) sensors. The candidate must be able to deploy to both CONUS and OCONUS locations. With minimal direction, this position exercises considerable latitude in performing aircraft sensor payload control during ground and flight operations including mission planning, execution, briefing, debriefing, aircrew resource management and ground and flight safety. Project administration functions maybe assigned as needed.


  • Works with General Atomics flight operations and US Military Forces in Ground Control Stations and Tactical Operations Centers supporting unmanned located in CONUS and OCONUS.

  • Actively participates in ground and flight operation efforts including mission planning, execution, briefing, debriefing, aircrew resource management and safety.

  • Operates the EO/IR sensor payload in support of customer requirements and successful execution of the mission.

  • Assists in development of the EO/IR sensor payload functionality

  • Assists in developing test plans, performs tests for new sensor features and provides feedback to a team of software engineers to optimize the new features

  • Helps develop and verify procedures for use with new sensor features; develops operational and safety procedures

  • Conducts demonstrations, participates in operational and experimental ground and flight tests, and represents the organization with DoD customers

  • Performs project administration functions as needed or required.

  • 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 High School diploma or equivalent and nine or more years of previous sensor operator experience or experience with the operation of complex, integrated systems, preferably airborne sensors, including five or more years’ experience in EO/IR Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) or UAV operations with deployment experience. Equivalent professional or military experience in UAV operations or ISR may be substituted in lieu of education.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Physical Science is preferred.

  • Active DoD Secret Security Clearance is required along with the ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret Security Clearance.

  • Demonstrates an understanding of EO/IR sensors and tactical reconnaissance.

  • Must possess: (1) ability to obtain customer specific clearances; (2) ability to travel CONUS and OCONUS; (3) excellent analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to accurately interface with all levels of employees, military and civilian customers, contractors and aircrew; (4) ability to maintain strict confidentiality of sensitive information; and (5) detailed knowledge of computer operations and applications.

  • The ability to work both independently and in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours and travel as required.

  • Previous sensor development and operations experience or experience with the operation of complex, integrated systems, preferably airborne sensors is highly desired.

Travel Required: 0% - 40%

Clearance Required: Secret with ability to obtain Top Secret

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.