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QA Engineer

Location: Encinitas
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

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 an experienced System Test & Qualification Engineer (ST&Q) in our USAF Project Engineering group. This position is located at our Poway location supporting test and evaluation engineering activities on General Atomics aircraft, specifically weapons and payload technology. This position is an excellent fit for someone who enjoys a fast-paced environment with hands-on access to our industry-leading RPA platform, MQ-9. The ST&Q engineer will lead all final testing of the platform before it is delivered to the customer. Overnight travel to our test flight facilities is required.


  • Experienced candidate will hit the ground running and quickly learn the principles of General Atomics products as well as test progression from SIL through Ground and finally Flight testing.
  • Perform Test and Evaluation (T&E) activities under minimal supervision, will determine and develop various approaches to achieve T&E goals and help guide the completion of test activities.
  • Act as primary test engineer during SIL, ground, and flight operations. Test duties include system level T&E of hardware and software with emphasis placed on resource planning, conducting SIL, ground and flight testing, and participating in technical test reviews.
  • Communicate clearly and in writing all facets of flight test program to include test plans, SIL, ground and flight test procedures, flight cards and test reports. Candidate will work with government aircrew and be responsible for conducting pre-flight briefings and post flight debriefings.
  • 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.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 bachelor's degree, master's degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; four or more years of experience with a bachelor's degree or two or more years of experience with a master's degree. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.
  • Previous flight test engineer with a qualification to perform tests for a military organization including prior Department of Defense (DoD) Developmental Test (DT) or Operational Test (OT) experience is highly desired.
  • Experience as a test conductor, test director, test pilot/navigator or formal leadership of a Combined Test Force (CTF) or Integrated Test Force (ITF) is desired.
  • Experience testing weapons and payload for aircraft is ideal.
  • Analysis expertise desired with an emphasis on data collection, ad hoc queries and suitability measures. Experience with analysis tools such as MATLAB, STK, FOQA or other products.
  • Previous expertise and working knowledge of the National Airspace System and UAS operating rules and regulations thereof. Prior flight experience civil or prior military aircrew desired.
  • Must have a complete 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 understand new concepts quickly; 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 excellent communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in one engineering area; and, lead a team of less experienced professional employees on semi-routine tasks.
  • Able to work extended hours as required; travel up to 30%.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • US Citizenship required.

Keywords: GENERAL ATOMICS, Encinitas , QA Engineer, Engineering , Encinitas, California

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