General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Mechanical Design Engineer in Huntsville, Alabama

Job ID#: 18304BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Mechanical Design Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

City: Huntsville

State: Alabama

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

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: Desired

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.

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 a Mechanical Design Engineer to join our Mechanical Systems Engineering team located in Huntsville, AL.

Under general supervision, this position supports the mechanical systems engineering staff in the design, analysis, investigation and resolution of routine engineering problems of moderate scope. Assignments are for mid-sized projects or phase(s) of larger projects(s) and outlined in terms of general engineering activities. Contributes to the completion of assigned engineering tasks, which involve the exercise of independent judgment and discretion about matters of significance. Documents findings and implemented solutions, and communicates results to project engineering staff. Contacts are primarily internal within the team. May provide direction to design staff or technicians.


  • Applies basic technical knowledge to analyze, investigate and resolve assigned routine mechanical engineering problems.

  • Performs functional testing of equipment and systems by utilizing standard engineering and scientific principles.

  • Obtains and analyzes test data.

  • Perform detail design with preliminary analysis of a part or sub-assembly of a missile system or nano satellite.

  • Derive assembly work instructions for the assembly of components and sub-assemblies for development and testing utilizing mechanical assembly practices including torque specifications.

  • Develops appropriate documentation of findings and implemented solutions, and communicates results to project engineering staff. May be required to make technical presentations to project staff.

  • Maintains the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.

  • 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; four or more years of experience with a bachelors degree or two or more years of experience with a masters degree. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance is required.

  • Demonstrates the ability to follow and apply basic engineering knowledge, adapt standard techniques, and utilize the required diagnostics, tools and equipment, while ensuring safety and regulatory compliance.

  • Must have design experience with either Solidworks or Pro-E Creo.

  • Must be able to understand new mechanical concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving design environment.

  • Working knowledge in the application of geometric dimension and tolerances as presented in ASME Y14.5M.

  • Good communication, computer, and interpersonal skills are required to enable an effective interface with other professionals, to produce appropriate documentation, and to present results to a limited internal audience.

  • Must be able to work both independently and on a team.

  • Able to work extended hours as required.

  • Experience in the defense or aerospace industry.

  • Production and fabrication experience is a plus.

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.