General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Electrical Engineer in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 18532BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Electrical Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

City: San Diego

State: California

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

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: Yes

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 Electrical Engineer to join our USAF FRACAS Group in our Engineering Field Support Department.


Under general supervision with limited review, this position within the Engineering Field Support department performs FRACAS (Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Action System) engineering, which includes detailed root cause investigations and development of effective corrective actions based on analysis.


  • Identify Root Cause of failure on various reported field failures of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and components through logical and systematic testing and troubleshooting.

  • Coordinate a team of multi-disciplined engineers throughout the entire failure analysis process and make recommendations to the Failure Review Board (FRB).

  • Determine resolution of UAV system failures and corrective actions in support of the FRACAS program.

  • Drive reliability improvement efforts and issue resolution with Engineering, Manufacturing, Programs, Material Control, and Quality departments.

  • Review of fault isolation and troubleshooting procedures for UAV systems.

  • Develop test procedures, perform functional testing, analyze test results, and draw conclusions for equipment and systems in assigned areas.

  • Devise new approaches to resolve unusual or complex engineering problems.

  • Maintain FRACAS database, monitor investigation status, track open FRACAS investigations, and generate reports for management and customers.

  • Create and deliver technical presentations to management and customers.

  • Mentor junior and mid-level engineers as required.

  • Observe all laws, regulations, and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company. Other duties as required

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

  • Able to work extended hours as required.

  • A Professional Engineering License and original work published in professional engineering journals are desirable.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Direct experience supporting a FRACAS program.

  • Familiarity with FRACAS software or databases and a working knowledge of Reliability Analysis and Failure Mode / Fault Tree Analysis.

  • Experience troubleshooting complex aircraft systems including avionics, flight controls, data links, engines, servos, and mechanical systems.

  • Ability to operate various test equipment.

  • Understanding of aircraft structures, flight dynamics, and environmental issues.

  • Experience using data logging software as a troubleshooting tool.

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.