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

Job ID#: 18414BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: System & Qualification Test Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

City: San Diego

State: California

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

Travel Percentage Required: 25% - 50%

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 recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We have an exciting opportunity for a System & Qualification Test Engineer in our Project Engineering group located in Poway, CA.


  • Performing System Test & Qualification Engineering activities on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs. Under minimal supervision, will guide the completion of test and evaluation of small test programs and determine and develop approach to T&E solutions.

  • Duties to include system level Qualification, Verification and Validation Testing of hardware and software with emphasis placed on deriving & tracking test requirements, generation of system level Test Plans and Procedures, conducting SIL/Ground/Flight testing, and participating at customer & internal technical test reviews.

  • Will be required to support the test conductor for ground and flight tests.

  • Will be required to understand all aspects of SIL/Ground/Flight testing, coordinate and conduct SIL testing as well as travel to flight test facilities for ground and flight testing and provide field support as needed.

  • Emphasis will be placed on system integration with coordinating/conducting ground and flight testing at GA-ASI flight test facilities.

  • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a Bachelor's or Master's degree in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and two or more years of engineering experience with a Bachelor's degree.

  • Must have a general understanding of engineering concepts, principles, and theory with technical experience demonstrating the application of those concepts while ensuring safety and regulatory compliance.

  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment and organize work assignments to meet established timetables.

  • Good communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Must be able to work extended hours as required.

  • An EIT (Engineer in Training) certificate is desirable.

  • Prior Department of Defense (DoD) Operational Test (OT) experience highly desired. E.G. AFOTEC, OPTEVFOR, MCOTEA or ATEC.

  • Analysis expertise desired with an emphasis on data collection, ad hoc queries and suitability measures. Experience with analysis tools such as MATLAB, STK, FOQA or other products.

  • Prior military flight test experience to include Test Conductor or Test Director roles highly desired.

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