- Bachelor's degree
- Master's degree
- Communication skills
- Computer skills
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 have an exciting opportunity for a Mechanical Engineer within the Tiger Innovations team which is part of our Electromagnetic Systems group. The position would be located in Herndon, VA. The Tiger Innovations team provides innovative, cutting-edge, security solutions for the United States Government. Our employees provide a multi-disciplinary, sometimes non-traditional, approach to generate innovative solutions to incredibly challenging technical problems in the national security arena. Our areas of expertise are in spacecraft payload and system development (especially in the confines of implementing very large amounts of functionality in extremely small, power-constrained environments); unique system development; ground control and operational software development; embedded software development; and unique cyber capabilities. Key customers include the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.
Under general supervision and with on-going review, this position supports the engineering staff in the analysis, investigation and resolution of routine engineering problems of limited scope. Assignments are for small projects or phase(s) of larger projects(s) and are normally outlined in terms of specific engineering activities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Contributes to the completion of assigned engineering tasks which involve the exercise of independent judgment and discretion about matters of significance.
Documents findings and implemented solutions, and communicates results to project engineering staff.
Contacts are primarily internal within the team. May provide direction to design staff or technicians.
Applies basic technical knowledge to analyze, investigate and resolve assigned routine engineering problems.
Performs functional testing of equipment and systems by utilizing standard engineering and scientific principles.
Obtains and analyzes test data.
Develops appropriate documentation of findings and implemented solutions, and communicates results to project engineering staff. May be required to make technical presentations to project staff.
May provide direction to design staff or technicians.
Maintains the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.
Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.
Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
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.
Typically requires a bachelors or masters degree in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and two or more years of engineering experience with a bachelors degree. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.
Must have a basic understanding of engineering concepts, principles, and theory. Demonstrates the ability to follow and apply basic engineering knowledge, adapt standard techniques, and utilize the required diagnostics, tools and equipment, while ensuring safety and regulatory compliance.
Must be able to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment. Good communication, computer, and interpersonal skills are required to enable an effective interface with other professionals, to produce appropriate documentation, and to present results to a limited internal audience.
Interest and/or experience in spacecraft development desirable.
Experience with CAD and FEA software such as Solidworks, NASTRAN or ANSYS is required.
Experience in hardware testing, environmental testing, and test requirements is desirable.
Familiarity with all aspects of the satellite system design life cycle, including spacecraft level environmental testing, launch, and operations is desirable.
Must be able to work both independently and on a team.
Able to work extended hours as required.
Must be able to maintain and obtain Top Secret Security Clearance.