Materials and Process Engineer (Composites)
Company: GENERAL ATOMICS
Location: El Cajon
Posted on: November 18, 2021
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.
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 a Materials and Process
Engineer to support our composites manufacturing facilities in San
Diego, CA. In this role, you will have the opportunity to interface
with a variety of specialized engineers to help build advanced
aircraft. Certain aircraft are at various stages so this role would
allow you to support work in conducting research into and
development of innovative processing and fabrication techniques in
the application of advanced composite materials, testing, providing
technical support, and guidance to lay-up, bonding personnel, and
field support .
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Evaluate alternative composite
materials and processes that improve properties by performing trade
studies, manufacturing trials and coupon testing.
Lead process development activities through a demonstrated
knowledge of current and emerging manufacturing/process techniques
to support objectives of new programs.
Support the development of advanced composite hardware and vehicle
designs that include materials with tailored RF properties.
Support new business development and proposal activities.
Utilize process simulation tools to develop new or optimized
process cure processes.
Develop material and process specifications through collaboration
with Manufacturing and Vendors to guide engineers in selecting
appropriate materials by drawing from military standards, industry
standards and material engineering experience.
Perform materials related failure investigations to determine root
cause and corrective actions by the inspection, analysis and
testing of parts.
Develop and execute composite material qualification plans,
including fabrication and testing plans.
Support Continuous Improvement initiatives and provide support to
sustaining manufacturing of production hardware to improve the
quality and reduce cost of production.
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.
Travel between San Diego, Adelanto and Spanish Fork, UT business
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. Bachelor's of Materials Science or Materials
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
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
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.
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.
Previous experience in the formulation and application of RF
tailored aircraft coatings '
Previous experience with fabrication of RF tailored composite
aircraft structures; i.e. radomes and antennas.
Experience with using laboratory measurement tools to characterize
the RF material properties
Good understanding of carbon composites, adhesives, lamination and
processing of composites.
Familiarity with Federal Aviation Requirements (FAR), CMH-17, ASTM
testing and MIL-HDBK-516 desired
Prior experience writing airworthiness compliance reports for the
FAA or military airworthiness regulators desired
Familiarity with processing of composite materials including
Autoclave cure and Out of Autoclave cure materials.
Familiarity with adhesives for composite and metallic bonding
Familiarity with common aerospace core materials along with
processing of the core materials.
Experience with transition of materials and processes from R&D
Familiarity with ferrous, stainless steel, aluminum, and titanium
alloys, heat treatment and their surface finishes.
Active Security clearance or ability to obtain and maintain one is
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