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General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Mechanical Design Engineer in San Diego, California

Mechanical Design Engineer

San Diego, California

Date posted 07/21/2021

Job ID 32165BR

Company General Atomics

Experience Level Mid-Level (3-7 years)

Job Title Mechanical Design Engineer

City San Diego

State California

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary

Job Summary General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle and fusion energy research to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Mechanical Design Engineer to work within our Magnetic Fusion Energy (MFE) group in support of the Diagnostic Center in San Diego, CA. Under general direction with limited review, this position performs design and analysis of diagnostic systems for the ITER and DIII-D Tokamaks, and other tokamak support hardware.


  • Develops concepts and detailed structural designs of diagnostic system components, assemblies, sub-systems and structural supports.

  • Performs analyses of components, assemblies and sub-systems to evaluate structural integrity and stresses utilizing SolidWorks and ANSYS engineering simulation software.

  • Applies knowledge of strength of materials, finite element analysis, fatigue, and material attributes (stress-strain and design allowables) to develop solution approaches and solve structural analysis problems.

  • Coordinates with engineering staff to set up analyses, identify critical structural design features, complete analyses, and provide design feedback to engineering staff.

  • Purchase, fabricate, and test prototype diagnostic components and sub-systems.

  • Documents analyses findings, communicates results to engineering staff and makes technical presentations requiring a working knowledge of MS Office Suite.

  • 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 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 proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office, Solidworks and ANSYS.

  • 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.

Travel Percentage Required 0 - 25

Relocation Assistance Provided Provided

US Citizenship Required? No

Clearance Required? No

Whether you are just starting out in your career or are an experienced professional, GA offers a comprehensive benefits package. For more information on our Total Rewards package, please click Apply Now below to be directed to the complete job description.

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.