Engineer IV

General Atomics

Poway, CA

Job Summary
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Staff Engineer to join our Airworthiness group at General Atomics ASI, in Poway, CA.


This position works with a wide range of engineering disciplines in establishing design and process airworthiness requirements and assessing compliance with those requirements.  Under general directions with limited oversight, this position is responsible for applying innovative approaches to resolving unusual or complex engineering challenges. Assignments are normally outlined in terms of overall objectives and reviewed periodically and at completion. This position initiates the planning of engineering projects and works with subject matter experts to develop innovative designs or modifications in order to meet project goals. Independently performs difficult/complex engineering work with instructions as to the general expected results. Documents findings, communicates results to engineering and program staff, makes technical presentations to internal and customer program personnel, and may represent the organization as the prime technical contact for airworthiness issues on small contracts or single component projects. Provides direction to design or technical staff and may lead a team of moderately experienced professional staff. 
  • Reviews the operation of engineering systems and identifies deficiencies and opportunities for improvement.
  • Devises new approaches to resolve unusual or complex engineering challenges.
  • Works closely with customer airworthiness authorities and functional engineering departments to troubleshoot conflicting design/development requirements, coordinate test and analysis activities, and address other special airworthiness concerns.
  • Authors technical documentation and makes technical presentations as required.
  • Plans and executes focused tasks towards the documentation and presentation of engineering analyses, tests, inspections, and other means to show compliance with airworthiness requirements.
  • Maintains the strict confidentiality of customer and company sensitive information.
  • We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.
We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.
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; six or more years of experience with a bachelor’s degree, four or more years of experience with a master’s degree, or two or more years with a PhD.  May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education. 
  • 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.
  • Must have strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in one or more engineering areas; capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact and, lead a team of moderately experienced professional employees on single component projects.
  • Prior work with FAA, EASA, EMAR and US DoD airworthiness design and process requirements, especially DO-178C and DO-254, is strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience with domestic and international airworthiness authorities is preferred, either Military or Civil Authorities
  • Familiarity with uninhabited, autonomous systems is preferred.
  • Prior experience assessing and verifying compliance with type certification requirements for aircraft or their components is preferred.
  • Ability to hold a security clearance is desirable.