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Materials and Process Engineer (Composites)

Company: GENERAL ATOMICS
Location: El Cajon
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Job Description:

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 needs.

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 Engineering desired.
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 specialties.
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 problems.
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 into production
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 required.

Keywords: GENERAL ATOMICS, El Cajon , Materials and Process Engineer (Composites), Engineering , El Cajon, California

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