General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Engineer (Laser Micro-Machining) in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 21827BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Engineer (Laser Micro-Machining)

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

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Engineer to work within our Inertial Fusion Technology (IFT) group. The successful candidate will be responsible for fabrication and characterization of first-of-a-kind Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) diagnostic components using cutting-edge high-powered laser systems. The IFT division is a lead fabricator of precision components in support of fusion ignition experiments at the national labs.


  • Works under general supervision with limited review to fabricate, characterize and deliver unique planar components enabling cutting-edge experiments and diagnostics at laser facilities such as the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and OMEGA and the Laser for Laboratory Energetics (LLE).

  • Responsible for fabrication and characterization of precise components with micron-sized features using custom open-architecture lasers as well as commercial laser systems.

  • Responsible for oversight of laser machining laboratory. Duties include laser system diagnosis and configuration, maintaining production throughput and yield, optical alignment, and procurement of optical and laser components and materials.

  • Communicates regularly with customers, team and management to relay production schedule, system status, and design tolerances while considering available budget, timelines and resources.

  • Diagnoses operational problems in laser systems and production through root cause analysis techniques. Proposes and implements engineering solutions accordingly.

  • Characterization duties include operation of stereo microscopes, x-ray imaging systems, coordinate measurement microscopes, automated microscopes and other highly-accurate metrology instruments.

  • Obtains, analyzes and presents various forms of data, reports and presentations.

  • Works with resident staff and other engineering, scientific and technical personnel from a variety of laboratory institutions and fields.

  • Carries out multi-step production and inspection procedures and documents results.

  • Designs, builds and/or procures necessary tools, fixtures and components required to improve laser machining capabilities and production efficiencies.

  • Responsible for quality assurance, packaging and shipment of precision components with attention to detail, cleanliness and accuracy.

  • Works in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a Bachelor's degree in engineering, physics or applied physics from an accredited university. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.

  • Must have analytical ability to understand detailed instructions, drawings, specifications and technical procedures.

  • Must have communication skills necessary to record and present precise information, reports and presentations.

  • Must be able to work both independently and on a team. Able to work extended hours as required.

  • Requires knowledge of laser systems, optics, computer operations, and applications pertinent to the optics and photonics field.

  • Requires experience with Microsoft Office suite and Computer-Aided Design software such as SolidWorks.

  • Desired experience with computer coding and scripting programs such as Matlab, Python and machine G-Code.

  • Desired knowledge and awareness of hazardous material safe handling protocols, laser systems operations and cleanroom protocols.

  • Desired expertise in the use of complex and technical equipment, highly-detailed multi-step procedures and experimental techniques.

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.