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RF Systems Engineer

Location: Santee
Posted on: November 16, 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.

We have an exciting opportunity for a RF Systems Engineer in our RF Communications Datalink group. Under general supervision with regular review, this position is responsible for supporting technical and project leadership with initial focus on leading and coordinating system-level design for the customer datalink. Major areas include the overall datalink technical leadership, subcontractor technical management, and coordinating with the aircraft IPT team for the datalink design, integration, and flight test.


  • Work as a team member in Datalink Engineering and participate in development of state-of-the-art Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) SATCOM datalink and Line-Of-Sight (LOS) datalink for GA-ASI Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
  • Participate in company-wide RF and satellite communications projects.
  • Perform sub-contractor technical review to ensure technical requirements are satisfied.
  • Apply technical knowledge to analyze, investigate, and resolve assigned engineering problems.
  • Perform RF communications systems integration/testing with aircraft and ground control stations (GCS).
  • Support System Integration Lab (SIL) integration, aircraft level ground and flight test of satellite terminals and various aircraft components (such as modems, Vortex, IFF, TCAS, Radios).
  • Work with other engineering disciplines on test plan, procedure, and report. Work with other GA-ASI organizations to assist or lead datalink flight tests.
  • Work within a group of RF Datalink Engineers to support GA-ASI datalink roadmap and multiple datalink projects. Coordinate segments of a project and may have frequent inter-organization and/or customer contact on difficult technical issues.
  • Coordinate and interface with customers on requirements and flow down the requirements to the corresponding engineering groups.
  • Work with the aircraft component vendors, analyze and compare available capabilities vs. customer's requirements, document findings, and communicate results to engineering staff.
  • May assist with technical presentations to the customer and senior management as required.
  • 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 or masters degree in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and two or more years of engineering experience with a bachelors degree. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.Electrical Engineering degree preferred.Prior experience in at least one of the following areas is desired:
    Satellite communications systems, RF communication systems, military datalinks, military RF networksMilitary modems, antennas, radios, VHF/UHF communicationPrior experience with writing technical requirements, specifications, Statement-of-Work (SOW) is a plus.Demonstrated datalink trouble shooting skills is a plus.Must have the capability to organize, schedule, 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 a general understanding of engineering concepts, principles, and theory with technical experience demonstrating the application of those concepts while ensuring safety and regulatory compliance.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.Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance is required

Keywords: GENERAL ATOMICS, Santee , RF Systems Engineer, Other , Santee, California

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