General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Lethality Engineer in Huntsville, Alabama

Job ID#: 14532BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Lethality Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

City: Huntsville

State: Alabama

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: Yes

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 to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) designs and manufactures first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS’ expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions support critical fleet, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and process and monitoring applications for defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Lethality Engineer to join our Electromagnetic Systems (EMS) Engineering Team in Huntsville, AL.


  • Work in a multi-disciplinary group with Mechanical Engineers, GN&C Engineers, and Systems Engineers to conceptualize and analyze blast, blast-frag, and kinetic energy warheads in an environment where requirements are often changing.

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of penetration effects, fragment and penetrator sizing, explosives, lethality, survivability, and use of government-furnished threat models.

  • Demonstrate strong analytical skills including the ability to perform trade studies and effectively use fast running lethality codes such as the Parametric Endo/Exoatmospheric Lethality Simulation (PEELS) and Kinetic Warhead Evaluation (KWEval) to predict the effectiveness of lethality mechanisms.

  • Write clear and complete technical reports, provide accurate status of work in progress, review documents and findings, implement solutions, and communicate results to engineering staff.

  • Generate process documentation and provide direction to subcontract, engineering, manufacturing, test, or technician staff.

  • Support design, development, and test of new warheads and lethal mechanisms including leading and working with subcontractors.

  • Support definition of design requirements for lethal mechanisms/warheads.

  • Support proposal development for new opportunities involving lethality aspects and/or warheads.

  • Mentor junior level engineers.

  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.

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; nine or more years of experience with a bachelor’s degree, seven or more years of experience with a master’s degree, or four or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.

  • Active Secret Security Clearance or higher is required.

  • Demonstrates a detailed and extensive technical expertise and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice with the ability to organize, plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones with some experience in project leadership.

  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills to effectively interface with other departments, customers, government representatives, and/or professionals; the capability of representing the organization as a prime technical contact; and, the ability to provide leadership and guidance to less experienced professionals.

  • Must be customer focused and able to work on a self-initiated basis or in a team environment.

  • 0-15% of time dedicated to travel is possible.

  • A Professional Engineering License, original work(s) published in professional engineering journals, invitations to present one or more original works to an engineering symposium, and invitations and/or participation on an engineering review panel are desirable.

General Atomics and affiliated companies 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, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.