General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Power System Engineer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 21872BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Power System Engineer

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 have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Power System Engineer located in Poway, CA. This position, with limited direction, leads the commissioning and operation of a superconducting magnet power electrical test system for the ITER CS Modules.


  • Oversees all electrical aspects of a program that manufactures and tests very large superconducting magnets.

  • Oversees commissioning, operation and upgrades for a high power electrical system used to operate high stored energy magnets at currents up to 50 kA and voltages up to 7 kV.

  • Develops and documents procedures to test superconducting magnets.

  • Develops electrical system architecture and work with designers to produce electrical schematics and installation drawings for system upgrades.

  • Selects components to develop cost effective and reliable design solutions.

  • Leads design reviews of developed systems both internal and with customer.

  • Documents work in calculations and reports.

  • Plans and coordinates the maintenance of engineering solutions including documentation, reporting, publishing, and making technical and other presentations to ensure viability of the solution(s) in an evolving environment.

  • Formulates plans, typically long term, for solution(s) development, documentation, and deployment, as well as meeting various compliance, reporting, and safety standards following established engineering procedures.

  • Produces cost and schedule estimates related to the electrical system design, procurement and installation.

  • Develops technical requirements and work scopes for suppliers and subcontractors.

  • Surveys the current state to the art available from commercial suppliers and test laboratories.

  • May function in an advisory or project leadership role providing direction to less experienced professional staff, and leads other engineers in developing designs.

  • Plans for future applications of solutions based on new developments in engineering technology.

  • Participates in or may lead the development of new or expansion of existing business opportunities.

  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

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.

  • Experience designing, assembling and testing large pulsed power electronics devices and systems.

  • Experience with various types of instrumentation and PLC based control systems.

  • Demonstrate a detailed and extensive technical expertise and application of engineering concepts, principles, codes, and theory; and practice with the ability to organize, schedule, and coordinate workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones with some experience in project leadership.

  • Must possess strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills to effectively interface with other departments, customers, government representatives and/or professionals, and be capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact, as well as providing leadership and guidance to less experienced professionals.

  • Must be customer focused and have the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment.

  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Must have proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office.

  • Ability to work extended hours as required.


  • Hands on experience with engineering projects especially high-power equipment.

  • Experience with thryristor controlled power supplies.

  • Knowledge of EVMS.

  • Computer skills: SAP, Microsoft Project, electrical circuit simulation programs.

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.