General Atomics and Affiliated Companies System Performance Engineer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 18431BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: System Performance Engineer

Job Category: Engineering, Information Technology

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: No

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.

This position is for a Systems Performance Engineer for EMS programs who transforms system descriptions into kinematics, constraints and dynamics. The goal is to produce a model of the system’s performance that is accurate based on mathematical and physical derivation and tuned with data derived from testing. Performance modeling will be utilized in the design, development and optimization of the Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) system. This includes a broad spectrum of research activities from the use of empirical methods through the use of simulations and mathematical derivations. Complex algorithms will be analyzed and a large amount of data processing work will be automated to streamline the calculation of key performance parameters. Optimal control will be determined, scheduling will be simulated, stochastic processing will be performed and rare-events will be modeled and analyzed. This work has played a critical role in the understanding of important problems in the design, development and management of this complex system.


  • The Systems Performance Modeler should understand the importance of performance modeling during all phases of the product lifecycle and how to create effective requirements for performance. Knowledge of how to define and use metrics, plan for diverse workloads, evaluate scalability, capacity and responsiveness, along with how to test the model is important.

  • Obtain high level knowledge of the system including hardware, software, operating systems and middleware.

  • Knowledge of probability, random variables, convergence, scalability and control systems is valuable to the position.

  • Assist in defining, documenting and communicating the performance model ensuring that the team is using it correctly, stages its development and tuning in a timely fashion so progress can be made before it is complete, ensures that management understands the model and analysis to the detail necessary, as well as interacting with all stakeholders to ensure their needs are being met, resolving technical problems and disputes, and makes tradeoffs.

  • Assist in planning and coordinating the maintenance of solutions including debugging, maintenance, and updating to ensure viability in an evolving environment.

  • 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:

  • Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD in mechanical engineering, mathematics, physics or related discipline and progressive system model development and analysis experience as follows; six or more years of experience with a bachelor’s degree, four or more years of experience with a master’s degree, or two or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is required.

  • Demonstrated project and/or program leadership skills including organizing, planning, scheduling, and coordinating workloads to meet established project deadlines or milestones.

  • Must possess the ability to contribute to the development of new concepts and principles; resolve unusually complex problems; serve as spokesperson on projects and/or programs; and be an expert in one or more areas of software development.

  • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required enabling an effective leadership interface with other departments, all levels of management, professional and support staff, customers, potential customers, and government representatives.

  • Customer focused, formulates plans based on the development of innovative new designs in resolving advanced software development problems.

  • Must be able to work on a self-initiated basis and in a team environment.

  • 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.