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General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Senior Systems Engineer in Poway, California

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 currently have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Systems Engineer to join our Mission Payloads & Exploitation (MPEx) team.

As part of the systems engineering group, the chosen candidate will be in the system engineering role of interpreting customer problem statements and needs, translating them into system design, and helping lead system integration efforts.


  • Will work on a wide range of products ranging from Command/Control to Payloads to Exploitation systems, and work with a wide range of highly talented people from a range of technical disciplines.

  • Will work with customers, system end users and/or system end user surrogates to develop Concept of Operations (CONOPS).

  • Will participate in system architecture design and will be a key member in design reviews to ensure software/hardware system design and verification approaches will meet system requirements.

  • Will help design and ensure compliance of interfaces between software and hardware.

  • Will be expected to have a solid understanding of system components and internal/external interfaces as part of integration activities.

  • Will be responsible for developing system and subsystem to be further decomposed by other functional teams.

  • Will assist in creation of data flows, activity diagrams, or sequence diagrams, as appropriate, to define hardware and software systems.

  • Will work with all phases of the software/hardware development lifecycle, including system analysis, architecture, design, integration, testing, and documentation. Projects will include customer funded development, R&D, and modifications and maintenance of systems under established programs.

  • 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.


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 be capable of developing system architectures and communicating system performance characteristics and requirements.

  • Must be capable of developing/deriving use cases from CONOPS and/or customer operational requirements.

  • Must have experience generating interface definitions and data flow artifacts.

  • Must have experience with systems integration, working in system integration labs to verify and validate system components and interfaces (hardware & software).

  • Previous experience working with the Department of Defense (DoD) on airborne payloads such as Radar, Electronic Warfare, or Electro-Optical systems is desired.

  • Knowledge of systems engineering tools are desired (e.g., DOORS, Jama, MagicDraw).

Salary: $98,100 - $171,398 Travel Percentage Required 0 - 25 Relocation Assistance Provided Provided US Citizenship Required? Yes Clearance Required? Yes Clearance Level Secret Workstyle Hybrid

General Atomics 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, religious creed, ancestry, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, transitioning status, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, military and veteran status, marital status, medical condition, mental disability, physical disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. EEO is the law. We also prohibit compensation discrimination under all applicable laws. To learn more visit https://tbcdn.talentbrew.com/company/499/v2_0/EEO Notices.pdf. U.S. Citizenship is required for certain positions.