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General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Satellite RF Engineer in Centennial, Colorado

Job ID#: 30059BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Satellite RF Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

City: Centennial

State: Colorado

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: No

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 Satellite RF Engineer working on satellite systems to join our team located in Centennial, CO.


  • Support mission, system and operational concept development for satellite missions, encompassing space, ground and operational aspects.

  • Work with customers and suppliers, internal and external, to develop and define RF subsystem (space and ground) requirements.

  • Oversee and perform as required the detailed design, development, analysis, production, and test of satellite RF subsystems and EMI/EMC analysis for both product development and flight program execution. This may include the design and build of custom RF subsystems.

  • Actively participate in system level design of satellite systems across all project phases, through subsystem architectural design and hardware development.

  • Apply system engineering principles to the selection of RF subsystems as part of satellite concept and design development.

  • Perform testing and fault diagnosis of equipment, subsystems and systems, including record-keeping and the generation of documentation and test plans, procedures and results.

  • Ensure an accurate and up-to-date document set for RF products.

  • Apply technical knowledge to analyze, investigate and resolve engineering problems.

  • Prepare technical responses to bids, presentation materials and reports, for a variety of applications and customers.

  • Support and actively participate in customer and supplier meetings and presentations at all project stages.

  • Liaise with customer and supplier staff, and staff from other parts of GA.

  • Perform 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.

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

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

  • Previous experience handling and testing satellite flight hardware, including a demonstrated ability to test and troubleshoot electronic systems.

  • Understanding of small satellite design and practices desired.

  • Familiarity with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations for satellite systems (space and ground).

  • Knowledge of S-band and X-band systems and designs essential; other bands highly desirable.

  • Knowledge of EMC/EMI analysis and design considerations

  • Familiarity with all aspects of the satellite system life cycle, including spacecraft level environmental testing, launch, and operations.

  • Understanding of clean room compliance and safe working practices.

  • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately and organize work assignments to meet established timetables.

  • Strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required, as well as the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

  • Must be able to work extended hours as required and be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and workloads.

  • US citizenship is required.

Each job has a salary range which identifies the minimum, midpoint (market) and maximum base pay for the job. Pay rates are established based on the individual's knowledge, skill, experience and education/training needed to perform the job. The salary range for this position is $95,289-$142,933.

US Citizenship Required?: Yes

Experience Level: Mid-Level (3-7 years)

Relocation Assistance Provided?: Yes

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.