General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Senior RF Project Engineer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 17112BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Senior RF Project Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: No

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 recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior RF Project Engineer to support

Under some supervision, this position supports the engineering staff in the analysis, investigation, resolution of datalink and RF engineering tasks of moderate scope / complexity, and technical management of subcontractors. Assignments are normally accompanied by general instructions and suggestions, outlining possible approaches, sources or information, and potential problems to be encountered with work reviewed regularly for soundness of technical judgment, overall adequacy and accuracy. Tasks involve the exercise of independent judgment and discretion about matters of significance. Documents findings and implemented solutions and communicates results to engineering staff. Contacts are primarily internal and with subcontractor peers, with infrequent inter-organization or customer contact on routine matters. May provide direction to design or technician staff.


  • Apply technical knowledge to analyze, investigate, and resolve assigned engineering problems in the areas of Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) satellite datalinks in the Ku and Ka Bands, Line-Of-Sight (LOS) datalinks in L/S/C/Ku-bands, antenna design and analysis, RF cosite interference analysis.

  • Provide Subject Matter Expert (SME) assistance to other engineering groups in the area of datalink and RF engineering.

  • Support System Integration Lab (SIL) for HW / SW integration and testing of datalink and RF functions.

  • Work with other engineering groups on test plans, procedures, and reports.

  • Performs functional testing and troubleshooting of equipment and systems in assigned area by utilizing standard engineering and scientific principles.

  • Obtains and analyzes test data.

  • Develops appropriate documentation of findings and implemented solutions. May be required to make brief technical presentations.

  • May provide direction to design and/or technical staff.

  • Maintains the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • 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.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with other Engineering disciplines, Program Management and perform Sub-contractor technical management.

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; four or more years of experience with a bachelors degree or two or more years of experience with a masters degree.

  • May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.

  • Preferred three years of experience in one of the following areas: satellite communications datalinks, LOS datalinks, wireless communications, tactical radio, antenna, RF design. Experience with datalink Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) integration is desirable.

  • Must have a general understanding of engineering concepts, principles, and theory with technical experience demonstrating the application of those concepts while ensuring safety and regulatory compliance.

  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment and organize work assignments to meet established timetables.

  • Good communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Must be able to work extended hours as required.

  • An EIT (Engineer in Training) certificate is desirable.

  • May be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

  • Understanding of RF communication theory and communication systems is desired.

  • Willing to travel (including supporting flight tests) up to 25%.

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.