General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Neutral Beam Operator in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 21681BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Neutral Beam Operator

Job Category: Technicians

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hourly

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 experienced Neutral Beam Operator to work within our Magnetic Fusion Technologies (MFE) group in support of the DIII-D program in San Diego, CA. Under general supervision this position will provide technical support and operation of 20 MW Neutral Beam ion sources and heating system.


  • As a member of the Neutral Beam group, contribute and assist in achieving the goals of the research program on the DIII-D tokamak.

  • Learns the fundamental principles of neutral beam ion sources and related complex electronic and mechanical systems. Learns to operate ion sources using computerized graphical user interfaces.

  • Performs standard mechanical or electrical technician duties, including operation, fabrication, repair and maintenance of neutral beam systems and a variety of other laboratory and experimental equipment.

  • Supports testing, calibration, documentation, and data collection as well as diagnosis of equipment problems.

  • Provides technician support on high vacuum equipment, high voltage ion sources, gas systems, fluid systems, and residual gas analyzers.

  • Conducts fabrication of ion source components using vacuum oven brazing.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires associate's degree or equivalent with two or more years of experience. May substitute equivalent experience in lieu of education.

  • Familiarity with basic electronic equipment, meters and oscilloscopes, the ability to work with mechanical systems and common hand tools, and operate laboratory equipment.

  • A knowledge of electronics and the ability to diagnose problems using acquired telemetry waveforms.

  • Ability to maintain concentration while monitoring systems using a computer interface.

  • Ability to use basic office computer applications and graphical user interface applications.

  • Training and/or experience in test or experimental operations normally acquired in the military or technical schools.

  • Experience with machine shop tools (drill presses, saws, mills, lathes, etc.) and knowledge of brazing techniques would be useful.

  • Good manual dexterity working with precision assembly of fairly small parts is very desirable.

  • Hours must be somewhat flexible and may infrequently include evening shifts.

  • Ability and willingness to work with unusual conditions such as high voltage, high vacuum, cryogens, confined spaces, and radioactive materials.

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.