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

Job ID#: 17993BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Test Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

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.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Lead Test Engineer to assist in planning and executing testing at various site locations. This position will interact with technical staff and report to test and department managers. The tests that the individual will be required to support range from production and factory acceptance tests, system and component level requirements verification tests combined with operational tests, lifecycle tests, environmental MIL-STD 810 (incl. shock MIL-S-901D & vibe MIL-STD-167-1A) and electromagnetic interference tests (MIL-STD 461E/F).


  • Lead the development of concepts and plans for test programs.

  • Create and update test procedures and direct sub contractors in design and execution of various tests on high power system electronics.

  • Help translate product requirements into verification tests instructions.

  • Lead efforts to install and set-up instrumentation at the sites to log data and execute the tests as directed by the Test Manager.

  • Take a lead role as a test director when executing component, subsystem and system test operations.

  • Lead troubleshooting of test issues as needed and interpret collected data for preparation and creation of test reports.

  • The individual will work closely with the customer and subcontractors at the test site to execute the test and will play a lead role in statusing the test progress.

  • Be able to prepare for and present at test readiness reviews to GA staff and the customer as required by program and test management

  • Participate in establishing design concepts, criteria and engineering efforts for testing while working closely with the design engineering organization.

  • Some travel to the test sites located in, but not limited to, New Jersey, Southern California, Virginia and Mississippi is also required.

  • Additional 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 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.

  • Must have a thorough understanding of engineering concepts, principles, codes, and theory; experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts.

  • Must possess the ability to develop and communicate new concepts; apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and, determine the appropriate approach at the task level or, with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to a range of complex problems.

  • Must have strong communication, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in one or more engineering areas; capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact and, provide direction to a team of moderately experienced professional employees.

  • Good computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) are required.

  • Must be able to work extended hours and travel as needed.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a US security clearance.

  • Working knowledge of Power Electronics in the area of power conditioning and storage and experience conducting tests in a development and production environment.

  • Working knowledge of electrical subsystem and system level testing and experience with board level tests.

  • Experience in writing technical documents such as test procedures and test reports is desired.

  • Experience in communicating technical information to peers and to customers is desired.

  • Experience with task reporting for schedule and cost performance to the project baseline is desired.

  • Have a desire to work in a fast-paced testing environment.

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.