General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Staff Manufacturing Engineer (Cable Assembly) in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 17280BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Staff Manufacturing Engineer (Cable Assembly)

Job Category: Engineering, Manufacturing

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 have an exciting opportunity for a Staff Manufacturing Engineer within in our Cable Assembly group located in Poway, CA.

This position will support the design (DFM), first article, production, test, and system integration of wire harness and cable assemblies for all RPA platforms including Ground Control Stations (GCS).


  • Responsible for manufacturing process development, implementation, and continuous improvement to enhance Quality / Yield, reduce Cost, and improve Productivity / Schedule.

  • Initiate and lead lean manufacturing process improvement projects.

  • Specify and implement automation equipment and processes.

  • Identify and assist in addressing safety issues on the manufacturing floor.

  • Support manufacturing production planning and coordination, execution and operations process development.

  • Provide production support to assemblers and leads.

  • Document manufacturing processes and assembly work instructions in conjunction with T&O Planning.

  • Design harness board and shop aid tooling to assist production.

  • Disposition non-conforming parts, identify root cause, and implement corrective and/or preventive action to reduce scrap and rework.

  • Collaborate with Design Engineering during prototype, development and first article manufacturing.

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.

  • Expertise in assembly methods and processes, including wire cutting, stripping, splicing, and soldering; contact/terminal crimping; marking; and heat shrinking is required.

  • Experience with molding/potting and shielding.

  • Experience with electrical testing including Continuity, Insulation Resistance, and Dielectric Withstanding Voltage testing, as well as related equipment, including wiring analyzers and network analyzers.

  • Experience with Electrical Schematics and Circuit Diagrams; Drawings and BOMs; Assembly Instructions; Engineering Change systems; Quality systems for non-conforming parts and corrective action. Experience with Lean Manufacturing methodologies for waste reduction, e.g.: 5S, Standard Work, TAKT, Pull System, 5S, Value Stream Mapping, cell design, and manufacturing flow.

  • Clearly and effectively communicate both verbally and in written form to both technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Experience with IPC & MIL standards, including: IPC/WHMA-A-620 – Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies, J-STD-001 – Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, MIL-STD-1553 – Digital Time Division Command/Response Multiplex Data Bus, MIL-STD-1760 – Aircraft Electrical Interconnection System, SAE-AS39029 (MIL-C-39029) – Electrical Connector Contacts, MIL-DTL-38999 – Circular Electrical Connectors, SAE-AS50881 (MIL-W-5088) – Wiring Aerospace Vehicle, NAVAIR 01-1A-505-1 – Aircraft Electric and Electronic Wiring, Technical Manual. Knowledge of electrical bonding; EMI shielding and filtering techniques; RF testing methods, e.g. VSWR. Experience implementing capital equipment in factory environment.

  • Experience with MRP systems, eg SAP or MTO/WDS.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Visio

  • Ability to use CAD programs for tooling design.

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.