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

Job ID#: 18196BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Tooling Engineer

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.

Much of GA-ASI Composites Manufacturing Engineering roles/responsibilities are centered on projects. Projects range from program/platform leadership/support, maturing manufacturing/materials/processes, continuous improvement, capital acquisition, and facility improvements/expansion. Projects originate from a data-based articulation of need within Composites Manufacturing.

As a Tooling Engineer your role will be to lead and support - through rigorous quantitative analysis - multiple projects within GA-ASI’s product/platform line suite (Improved Grey Eagle, Certified Pred B, special projects, etc.), and within our range of manufacturing operations. This includes leading/supporting top-tier teams of Manufacturing Engineers and technicians and developing manufacturing technology while ensuring aerospace standards and quality requirements are met.

This position required depth and breadth of aerospace composite manufacturing, processing and materials knowledge. Project engineering and management experience is required. Must be able to multitask multiple and complex projects while staying organized in a fast-paced environment. Must be able to collaborate, negotiate, and work with internal and external groups to ensure ideas come to fruition.


  • Sustains legacy lamination molds, trim & drill fixtures, mill fixtures, and assembly fixtures

  • Advances tooling modification and repair techniques

  • Employs continuous improvement and streamlining of tooling sustainment processes

  • Designs new lamination molds, trim & drill fixtures, mill fixtures, and assembly fixtures

  • Interacts with multiple groups to ensure design intent is met and design reviews are completed

  • Employs tooling DFM techniques

  • Experience incorporating automation into tooling design

  • Advances new tooling materials for the production of composite parts and assemblies

  • Tool Demold

  • Employs best/industry practices for the demold of composite parts

  • Develops tooling demold standard work (Stationized Work Instructions - SWIs)

  • Ensures safe tool design and handling

  • Guides the productionization and integration of new tools to the shop floor

  • 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.

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 in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; six or more years of experience with a bachelors degree, four or more years of experience with a masters degree.

  • Must have experience designing tools for structural composite parts and assemblies

  • Experience with tooling materials; BMI, Invar, prepreg composite, metallic, other

  • Experienced in preparation of lamination molds (seasoning and release)

  • 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, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, 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, lead a team of moderately experienced professional employees on single component projects.

  • 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.