General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Opto-Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 21120BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Opto-Mechanical Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: Yes

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 have an exciting opportunity available within our Mechanical Engineering Team working within the Lasers and Advanced Sensors Group located in Rancho Bernardo, CA. We are looking for an Opto-Mechanical Engineer to work on exciting and cutting edge technologies including High Energy Lasers.


  • Independently perform challenging engineering work, document findings, communicate results, make technical presentations, and support test activities both on and off site.

  • Designs, develops, and tests all aspects of mechanical components and equipment.

  • Supports the engineering staff in the analysis, investigation and resolution of routine engineering problems.

  • Define functional, performance, interface, derived, etc. system engineering requirements.

  • Provide direction to design or technical staff, or lead a team of less experienced professional staff

  • Responsible for the design, development, and activation of opto-mechanical components.

  • Performs other 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.

Clearance Level: Secret

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; twelve or more years of experience with a bachelors degree, ten or more years of experience with a masters degree, or seven or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.

  • Must have experience with Opto-Mechanical engineering.

  • Active DoD Security Clearance Required.

  • Understanding of fluid dynamics, heat transfer, structural mechanics and dynamics, optics, as well as mechanical hardware design, fabrication techniques and test is required.

  • Candidate must have experience with military systems designing, analyzing, building and testing systems.

  • Previous experience with optical systems is required and flight systems, or military systems is desired.

  • Experience with analysis tools, CAD and FEA software packages such as MatLab, SolidWorks, Creo, ANSYS and Sigfit.

  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team environment

  • Must have a thorough understanding of engineering concepts, principles, codes, and theory; experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts; and, expanding knowledge of principles, concepts, theory, and practices in related technical specialties.

  • 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.

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.