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Opto-Mechanical Engineer

Company: General Atomics and Affiliated Companies
Location: San Diego
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

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.
With limited direction, this position exercises considerable latitude for initiating and developing designs, procedures, techniques and solution to resolving advanced technical engineering problems. Assignments are normally outlined in terms of broad specifications, objectives, possible results anticipated and critical reference points requiring special attention.

  • Guides the successful resolution of engineering problems, serves as a consulting resource of engineering knowledge, applies the latest technological advancements to the problem, and may function in a project leadership role.

  • Documents findings, communicates results to engineering staff, makes technical presentations, and may represent the organization as the prime technical contact on small identifiable projects.

  • Provides direction to design or technical staff and may lead a team of moderately experienced professional staff.


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

    • Independently perform challenging engineering work, perform trade studies, prepare and present design review materials, document findings in the form of technical memos, communicate results to peers and program leadership, make technical presentations, and support test activities both on and off site.

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

    • Supports the engineering staff with rigorous analysis, investigation and resolution of engineering problems.

    • Define functional, performance, interface, derived, etc. system engineering requirements, including environmental requirements definition and flow down to subsystems.

    • Identify critical requirements and develop risk reduction plans.

    • Perform system sizing and opto-mechanical architecture development for products early in the design phase.

    • Integrate hardware onto platforms including ground based, maritime, or flight vehicles.

    • Work within a multidisciplinary team environment, and be able to work well in a diverse group with varying skill sets.

      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; 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.

      • Experience with both large and small scale optical systems, including: requirements development, conceptual to detailed design and analysis, application of opto-mechanical engineering principles.

      • 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.

      • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment.

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

      • Customer focused, formulates plans based on the development of innovative new designs in resolving advanced technical engineering problems.

      • Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment.

      • A Professional Engineering License, original work(s) published in professional engineering journals, and invited to present one or more original works to an engineering symposium are desirable.

        Salary: $105,890 - $189,545 Travel Percentage Required 0 - 25 Relocation Assistance Provided Provided US Citizenship Required? Yes Clearance Required? Yes Clearance Level Secret Workstyle Onsite
        General Atomics 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, religious creed, ancestry, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, transitioning status, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, military and veteran status, marital status, medical condition, mental disability, physical disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. EEO is the law. We also prohibit compensation discrimination under all applicable laws. To learn more visit Notices.pdf. U.S. Citizenship is required for certain positions.

Keywords: General Atomics and Affiliated Companies, San Diego , Opto-Mechanical Engineer, Engineering , San Diego, California

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