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

Job ID#: 17676BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: 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 (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 for a Systems Engineer in our Laser & Advanced Sensors (LAS) Group. This position directly supports the Systems Integration and Test group managing requirements development, functional decomposition, change management and requirements verification of GA-EMS products.


  • Perform system engineering activities on High Energy Laser system programs.

  • Develop interface control documents, software requirement specifications, performance specifications, presentations and review test plans/procedures.

  • Ensure accuracy of system requirements throughout hardware and software design and development process.

  • Support the development of test plans and manage the integration, verification, validation and documentation of requirements through the system development cycle.

  • Troubleshoot conflicting design/development requirements, difficult coordination requirements, and special material requirements.

  • Keeps comprehensive notes/records, provides formal documentation following established processes and makes technical presentations, as required

  • Communicates all changes up, down, and laterally

  • Provide support for proposals/white papers, and interface with customers.

  • Utilize requirements management database (DOORS), Excel and Visio.

  • 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; 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. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.

  • Active DoD Security Clearance is required.

  • Demonstrates an extensive technical expertise and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice with the ability to organize, plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones with some experience in project leadership.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance is required.

  • Experience in writing technical documents such as test procedures and test reports is required.

  • Must have experience in communicating technical information to peers and to customers.

  • Working knowledge/experience of High Energy Lasers and EO/IR sensors in Air, Sea, and Land environments is required.

  • Demonstrated knowledge/experience of RMS requirements, support requirements, lifecycle planning and integration for DOD systems is desired.

  • Experience developing, conducting, and documenting requirements verification tests in development and production environments is required.

  • Previous DOD experience highly desirable.

  • Have a desire to work in a fast-paced testing environment.

  • Must be able to work extended hours and travel as needed.

  • Good computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint), communication skills (verbal and written), and interpersonal skills are required.

  • Multi-tasking team player with a hands-on approach; Customer focused, formulates plans based on the development of innovative new designs in resolving advanced technical engineering problems.

  • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required enabling an effective interface with customers and other departments and/or professionals; capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact, as well as providing leadership and guidance to less experienced professionals.

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.