Experieinced Sensor Operator
General Atomics
California, US
10d ago

Job Summary

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-

resolution surveillance systems.

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

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an Experienced Sensor Operator to join our Flight Operations division located in our El Mirage Facility near Palmdale, California!

Under general direction, this position is responsible for the operation of the sensor / payload on the UAV during all phases of ground and flight operations.

The sensor operator will also serve as a crewmember of the UAV, assisting the Pilot-In-Command (PIC) as directed for safe operation of the aircraft to include reading checklists, assisting in emergencies and effective crew resource management.

The sensor operator will assist the PIC with mission planning, briefing, mission execution, ground and flight safety and debriefing.

The SO will also provide academic and in-flight instruction.


  • Assists the PIC in ground and flight operations efforts including mission planning, execution, briefing, debriefing, aircrew resource management and safety.
  • Operate the payload of an MQ-9 / MQ-1 UAV, on the ground and in flight, in support of customer requirements and successful execution of the mission at El Mirage, CA.
  • May participate in production flight test of Company and government aircraft.
  • May participate in the preparation and presentation of continuation training of aircraft systems, mission support and deployed operations.
  • Instruct UAV student Sensor Operators in ground and flight operations on MQ-9 and MQ-1 aircraft.
  • Assist the PIC in complying with all governing regulations including service guidance, company procedures and Federal Aviation Administration Regulations.
  • Voluntary OCONUS deployment opportunities may be available.
  • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.
  • Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
  • Other duties as assigned or required.
  • Job Qualifications

  • Typically requires a High School diploma or equivalent and six or more years of previous sensor operator experience or experience with the operation of complex, integrated systems, preferably airborne sensors, including three or more years experience (or 2,000 + hours) in UAV operation or aviation with significant deployment experience.
  • Equivalent professional or military experience in UAV or aviation may be substituted in lieu of education.

  • Must demonstrate a detailed understanding of UAVs, tactical reconnaissance and aviation principles.
  • Ensures compliance with service guidance, company policy and procedures and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.
  • Must possess : (1) ability to obtain a DOD secret clearance as well as customer specific clearances(s); (2) ability to travel CONUS and OCONUS;
  • 3) ability to obtain an FAA Class II medical certificate; (4) strong analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to accurately interface with all levels of employees, military and civilian customers, contractors and aircrew;
  • 5) the ability to maintain strict confidentiality of sensitive information; and (6) detailed knowledge of computer operations and applications.

  • The ability to work both independently and in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours and travel as required.
  • Additional education / formal training equivalent to the completion of a two year technical degree or trade school equivalency is strongly desired.
  • USAF qualified MQ-9 / MQ-1 Sensor Operator, (LRE / MCE), with a current Form 8 is strongly desired.
  • Qualified Sensor Operator instructor in the Predator / Reaper family of aircraft.
  • Possession of at least two-hundred and fifty (250) hours as a Sensor Operator in the Predator / Reaper family of aircraft is strongly desired.
  • US citizenship required.
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