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General Atomics Overview

www.ga.com
San Diego, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
1955
Company - Private
Aerospace & Defense
Unknown / Non-Applicable
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 piloted aircraft; airborne sensors; advanced electronic, wireless, and laser technologies; and ... Read more

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    GA-ASI President Dave Alexander Addresses UAV Group at Paris Air Show

    Investment and Collaboration Are Key to Airspace IntegrationPARIS AIR SHOW - 21 June 2017 - Today General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) president David R. Alexander issued the following statement at the Civil Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Conference during the Paris International Air Show.GA-ASI applauds the FAA's effort to work with industry through the recently formed Controlled Airspace Advisory Rulemaking Committee and Type Certification Projects.

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    GA-ASI Completes Design Review for USAF Block 50 GCS

    Performance Requirements Met for Advanced CockpitPARIS AIR SHOW - 20 June 2017 - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has successfully completed the Critical Design Review (CDR) for its next-generation Advanced Cockpit Block 50 Ground Control Station (GCS) at the company's Poway, Calif., facilities.

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General Atomics – Why Work For Us?


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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 
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 
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!


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Innovation 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:

HEALTH

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance

TAX REDUCTION PLANS

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

INCOME PROTECTION

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

RETIREMENT PLANS

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

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

  • Tuition reimbursement

PERSONAL WELLNESS

  • 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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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Poway, CA
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    I have been working at General Atomics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, infrastucture is good and getting better.

    Cons

    Demographic balance is appalling. The level of basic educational knowledge and the abilities of many employees should be questioned. Manufacturing aeronautical structures requires fundamental skills that are not present due to the following: English is not the primary language of the workforce. If you can't speak or read in English, how do you interpret blueprints or understand engineering concepts? Training would be a good answer if you understood English. There are few lead personnel who are bilingual, yet do not fully comprehend what is involved in building a composite aircraft structure. There are numerous production personnel who can't read a label/direction/or use a gram scale to mix materials in accordance with manufacturer or GA instruction. The ignorance and unwillingness to change is a problem. Eliminate these problems and your productivity will excel. The aforementioned causes the greater percentage of quality defects that occur on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Management is the problem. If you are hiring people because of ethnicity and not skill, face the eventual problems that will occur.

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General Atomics Photos

General Atomics photo of: SENER presents GA-ASI's Predator B at UNVEX
General Atomics photo of: Predator® C Avenger® takes its first flight
General Atomics photo of: Certifiable Predator B Completes Fuselage Integrity Testing
General Atomics photo of: GA-EMS designed and manufactured both the Blitzer 3 MJ and a 32 MJ railgun system
General Atomics photo of: For decades, GA has been a world leader in fusion research and development
General Atomics photo of: GA develops electromagnetic aircraft launch and recovery systems for the U.S. Navy
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General Atomics Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at General Atomics.

    Interview

    The first step was a phone interview asking me simple technical questions. If you pass that, then they invite you for an onsite interview. The whole process was fairly quick.

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General Atomics Awards & Accolades

  • Best Diversity Company, Diversity/Careers, 2014

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