General Atomics – Why Work For Us?


Why Choose General Atomics

  • You’ll follow in the footsteps of some the world’s leading scientists and engineers who founded the company in 1955 for the purpose of harnessing the power of nuclear technologies for the benefit of mankind.
  • You’ll join an organization that continually expands its expertise, making it one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development.
  • You’ll partner with scientists and engineers, leaders in their fields, who have a passion for excellence and a willingness to accept the challenges of finding better ways to do things and then to make it happen.
  • You’ll become part of a goal-oriented organization that fosters employee development and individual career success.
  • All of this creates an exhilarating and challenging work environment.


Affiliated Companies

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) 
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft and high resolution surveillance and radar imaging systems, including the Predator UAV series and the Lynx SAR/GMTI sensor system. The company provides comprehensive solutions for military and commercial applications worldwide and is committed to providing immediately deployable, transformational technology for military operation and weapons systems, as well as civil missions.

General Atomics Systems Integration, LLC (GA-SI)
General Atomics Systems Integration, LLC, an affiliated company of General Atomics, is comprised of two divisions providing best value defense services for U.S. and International customers. The Aero Services Division specializes as a full service solution to meet the persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) challenges facing domestic and allied nation security missions. The Engineering Services Division is a leading edge expert in reliability, maintainability and sustainability improvement for U.S. aging aircraft systems.

ConverDyn serves the global nuclear industry, offering the highest quality UF6 at competitive prices. They coordinate and manage all aspects of the conversion process for their customers, including uranium deliveries, uranium sampling, materials storage, and product delivery.

Cotter Corporation is a General Atomics (GA) affiliate headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Originally incorporated in 1956 in New Mexico as a uranium production company, Cotter was purchased by and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Commonwealth Edison in 1975. GA acquired Cotter in early 2000. Through its various mining and milling operations, Cotter has produced uranium, vanadium, molybdenum, silver, lead, zinc, copper, selenium, nickel, cobalt, tungsten and limestone.

Heathgate Resources Pty, Ltd.
Heathgate Resources, formed in 1990, is the owner and operator of the Beverley Uranium Mine in northern South Australia. Beverley is Australia's third uranium mine and Australia's only operating In Situ Leach mine. Beverley is the most advanced In Situ Leach mine in the world and plays a significant role in South Australia's resource development industry.

Nuclear Fuels Corporation 
Nuclear Fuels Corporation (NFC) was formed in 1991 by General Atomics (GA) to market uranium produced from GA mining assets as well as to develop additional uranium projects. NFC is a long-term contract supplier to both U.S. and foreign utilities and actively participates in uranium trading.

Rio Grande Resources Corporation
Rio Grande Resources Corporation controls uranium operations and mineral resources acquired by GA from Chevron Resources in 1991. Included in this acquisition were mines in south Texas and New Mexico. In New Mexico, the Mt. Taylor project, a conventional underground mine that contains the largest uranium resource in the United States, is currently on standby.

Spezialtechnik Dresden and Subsidiaries
Spezialtechnik Dresden GmbH (STD) stands as holding at the head of the Spezialtechnik-Group Dresden and renders commercially characterized and marketing/sales oriented consulting and support services for the companies of the group.

Spezialtechnik Dresden GmbH is engaged through its subsidiaries in the development of industrial estates, remediation of large-scale uranium and lignite coal mining areas, manufacturing high-mass prefabricated concrete components for the industry, traffic and communication sector, maintenance/service and modernization/conversion of special rail vehicles and the reprocessing of munitions.

Headquartered in Dresden, Germany, STD subsidiaries operate plants in Brandenburg and Saxony. STD and its subsidiaries also support GA in the expansion of its activities throughout Germany, Scandinavia, and Benelux.

General Atomics and affiliated companies are world renowned leaders in developing high-technology systems ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to electromagnetic systems; remotely operated surveillance aircraft; airborne sensors; advanced electronic, wireless, and laser technologies; and biofuels.

We offer an excellent opportunity to realize your full potential and fulfill your career aspirations.

Join the General Atomics team where you can make a difference!

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undefinedInnovation Begins with Brilliant Minds

General Atomics and affiliated companies happened because a few smart people thought the status quo wasn’t good enough. We need exceptional minds that are inventive, resourceful, and thrive in a hands-on environment. Our internship program offers an exhilarating environment where you will be challenged to push the envelope with innovative high-tech solutions to further your classroom learning and professional experience.

Program Overview

The General Atomics and affiliated companies Internship program provides paid internship opportunities for summer and year-round positions for eligible students. Participants gain exciting hands-on research experience, while working alongside the company’s finest professionals who will serve as mentors. General Atomics and affiliated companies invites undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing degrees in technology, engineering, and science, as well as other majors that lend support in special projects, to apply. Working at General Atomics and affiliated companies means embracing stimulating and challenging work, having the chance to work on cutting-edge technology, and being part of a growing team. In addition, most internships will provide the opportunity to attend technical lectures and guided tours, network with peers and company employees, complete a technical report, and participate in a final presentation that summarizes the results of their research.

Program Benefits

  • Real-world experience and career mentorship

  • Competitive salary

  • Flexible work hours

  • Housing assistance for non-local candidates

Eligibility Requirements

  • Academic major and coursework concentration

  • Full-time student status at an accredited U.S. college or university

  • Classification as an undergraduate or graduate student (Master’s or Doctoral level) by the start of the program

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

General Atomics is among the leading technology employers in the San Diego area. We offer a challenging and rewarding work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package which includes the following:


  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance


  • Pre-tax premium options
  • Pre-tax spending accounts for health care and dependent care


  • Life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment insurance
  • Business travel accident insurance
  • Long term disability insurance


  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Pension plan (defined benefit)


  • Tuition reimbursement


  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Legal services insurance plan
  • Recreation facilities
  • Employee Recreation Association (ERA)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Eligibility varies with employee status and longevity. Most benefits are available to regular employees scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week and are generally available within one month of an employee's hire date. Benefit programs described on this site are explicitly defined in legal documents. The formal language of the plan documents, and not the informal wording of this summary, would govern in the event of a conflict. General Atomics reserves the right to change, amend or terminate any of the benefit plans at any time and for any reason.

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General Atomics Interviews

Updated Mar 19, 2015
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    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at General Atomics.

    Interview Details

    Received a screen call from one of the lead engineers in the group and answered very basic questions. I was brought in about 2 weeks after the initial screen. I was first interviewed by an HR recruiter who asked very basic questions about my career goals. From there, we went to an interview room where I was administered a written exam and given 45 minutes to complete it. Questions involved identification of basic discrete components, op-amp formulas, digital components, and power systems concepts. Some questions were very easy, some were difficult. After that, i was interviewed (non-technical) by a lead engineer from the TE group for about 15 minutes. Waited an hour, then was interviewed by a manager from the field engineering group. He opened up some schematics for a flight board and pointed out various circuit components (mostly op-amp based) and asked me to identify them. This lasted about 15 minutes. Waited another hour, and my final interview (non-technical) came from the manager of the group. The entire interview process lasted from 8am to 1pm. They gave a tour of the facilities following the interview. Received an offer 2-3 weeks later, and accepted.

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Additional Info

Headquarters San Diego, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1955
Type Company - Private
Industry Aerospace & Defense
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

The General Atomics group of companies is a world renowned leader in developing high-technology systems ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to electromagnetic systems; remotely operated surveillance aircraft; airborne sensors; advanced electronic, wireless, and laser technologies; and biofuels. We offer an excellent opportunity to realize your full potential and fulfill your career aspirations.

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