General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Communications Systems Engineer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 21468BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Communications Systems 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 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 in our RF Communications Datalink group. Under general supervision with limited review, this position is responsible for technical and project leadership with initial focus on leading and coordinating system-level design for the customer datalink. Major areas include the overall datalink technical leadership, subcontractor technical management, and coordinating with the aircraft IPT team for the datalink design, integration, and flight test.

Essential Functions

  • Lead a group of RF datalink engineers to support GA-ASI datalink roadmap and multiple datalink projects. Coordinate segments of a project and may have frequent inter-organization and customer contact on difficult technical issues. Brief the senior management about the project’s progress, status, and plan.

  • Work with the customer to understand requirements, document findings, and communicates results to engineering staff. Make technical presentations to the customer and senior management as required.

  • Flow down requirements to GA-ASI engineering or subcontractors into Technical Requirement Specification (TRS) and Statement of Work (SOW). Work with the program office to perform technical management and leadership over other GA-ASI engineering and subcontractors.

  • Work in System Integration Lab (SIL) for the datalink integration and test. Work with other GA-ASI organization to assist or lead datalink flight tests.

  • 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:

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 a thorough understanding of Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) satellite communications and Line-Of-Sight (LOS) data links for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Must be familiar with major satellite operators, their capabilities, and fleet coverage. Must be familiar with the product line of major datalink suppliers.

  • Typically requires a Bachelors degree, Masters degree, or PhD in Engineering or a closely related technical discipline from an accredited institution with the following work experience: 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.

  • Satellite communications systems

  • Must have prior in-depth experience in at least one of the following areas.

  • RF communication systems, military datalinks, military RF networks

  • Military modems, antennas, radios, VHF/UHF communications

  • Must have experience with RF systems analysis including link budgets, noise analysis, gain budgets, Modulation/demodulation signal analysis, error correction coding.

  • Must have prior experience with writing technical requirements, specifications, Statement-of-Work (SOW). Mus have the capability to organize, schedule, 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 be willing to work in a lab environment and have hands on experience working with test equipment. Must have good datalink trouble shooting skills.

  • 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 and mentor a team of moderately experienced professional employees.

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.