General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Staff Systems and System Test & Qualification Engineer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 18168BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Staff Systems and System Test & Qualification 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 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 Systems and System Test & Qualification Engineer (ST&Q) within our IRAD/Predator XP Group.

This position is responsible for testing and qualifying performance on unmanned aerial vehicle systems, as well as handling some of the typical roles performed by a Systems Engineer. As a member of this team, the candidate will support various programs from concept design through production aircraft test and qualification efforts. The candidate will create and review system design requirements, participate in software regression testing, develop flight performance scenarios, and pass/ fail criteria in the evaluation of aircraft, ground control stations and support equipment.


  • Perform Test and Evaluation (T&E) activities under minimal supervision; will determine and develop various approaches to achieve T&E goals and help guide the completion of test activities

  • Act as a test engineer during SIL, ground, and flight operations; test duties include system level T&E of hardware and software with emphasis placed on resource planning, conducting the required tests, and participating in technical test reviews

  • Communicate clearly and in writing all facets of the system test program to include test plans, procedures and reports; may work with government aircrew and also be responsible for conducting pre-flight briefings and post-flight debriefings

  • Develop effective approaches to resolving issues; support operation of engineering systems by documenting flight performance and evaluating solutions for improvement

  • Troubleshoot and analyze systems in a lab and flight test environment

  • Establish metrics for requirements traceability; perform data analysis and make technical presentations as required

  • Analysis of interconnect diagrams, engineering drawings, schematics, and software releases

  • Take part in a team effort to develop, lab test and qualify payload, ground station, ground support equipment and aircraft subsystems

  • May directly track efforts including cost, schedule, manpower resources, maintenance intervals and performance

  • May represent the organization in providing solutions to technical issues associated with specific projects

  • Maintain the strict confidentiality of sensitive information

  • Perform other duties as assigned

  • 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.

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 nine years of experience with a bachelor’s degree or seven years of experience with a master’s degree; may substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education

  • Must have a complete understanding of engineering concepts, aircraft principles, codes, and theory

  • Previous flight test engineer with a qualification to perform tests for a military organization including prior Department of Defense (DOD) Developmental Test (DT) or Operational Test (OT) experience is highly desired

  • Analysis expertise desired with an emphasis on data collection, ad hoc queries and suitability measures; experience with analysis tools such as MATLAB, LabVIEW, or other similar products

  • Previous expertise and working knowledge of the National Airspace System and UAS operating rules and regulations thereof; prior civil flight experience or military aircrew desired

  • 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, operational or depot level to provide solutions to a range of complex problems

  • Must have excellent communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills; the ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in multiple engineering areas, and lead a team of less experienced professional employees on semi-routine tasks

  • Able to work extended hours and travel as required

  • Experience as a test conductor, test director, test pilot/navigator or formal leadership of a Combined Test Force (CTF) or Integrated Test Force (ITF) is desired

  • Experience with Earned Value Management (EVM) or as a Control Account Manager (CAM) is desired

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.