General Atomics and Affiliated Companies System Test & Qualification (ST&Q) Engineer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 18575BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: System Test & Qualification (ST&Q) Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hourly

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 an Experienced System Test & Qualification (ST&Q) Engineer in the Development Test group supporting Army Engineering and the MQ-1C Gray Eagle program. Under general directions with limited review, this position is responsible for applying innovative approaches to resolving unusual or complex engineering problems in the testing of new and emerging technologies.


  • Perform System Test & Qualification Engineering activities on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs. Under minimal supervision, will guide the completion of test and evaluation of both small and large-scale programs and determine and develop approaches to test new capabilities and functionality.

  • Duties to include system level Qualification, Verification and Validation Testing of hardware and software with emphasis placed on deriving & tracking test requirements, generation of system level Test Plans and Procedures, conducting SIL/Ground/Flight testing, providing accurate and detailed reports of findings and results, and participating at internal and customer technical test reviews.

  • Will be required to act as test director for ground and flight tests, to include providing ground and flight crew direction/leadership during tests, ensure the safe and efficient execution of ground and flight tests, and represent GA-ASI to multiple customer entities during those tests.

  • Emphasis will be placed on system integration and coordinating/conducting ground and flight testing at GA-ASI Flight Test Facilities in the high desert and at other sites around the country.

  • Experience with and knowledge of testing of autopilots and stability augmentation systems, avionics, payloads and/or weapons integration, to include SIL, ground, and flight test is highly preferred.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and two or more years of engineering experience with a bachelor’s degree.

  • 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.

  • Position requires travel to remote CONUS locations for weeks as required by leadership

  • Able to work extended hours as required

  • Able to perform other duties as assigned

  • Experience with data (signal) dissemination tools and UHF/VHF, SINCGARS, ARC-231, HAVEQUICK is preferred

  • Familiarity with Tactical Data Link and LOS/SATCOM data link

  • Experience interfacing directly with government/military personnel at government/military facilities is preferred

  • System administration of LINUX/UNIX Windows operating systems is preferred

  • Ability to obtain a DoD Secret level clearance is required. Active Secret level clearance is desired.

  • 25 – 50% travel is required

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.