General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Experienced Fabricator in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 21803BR

Company: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title: Experienced Fabricator

Job Category: Manufacturing

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hourly

Travel Percentage Required: 0% - 25%

Clearance Required?: No

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 have an exciting opportunity for an Experienced Fabricator to join the Composites Tooling team under the Mechanical Manufacturing department at GA-ASI. This position will be located in our Sabre Springs facility of the San Diego/Poway area.

With minimal supervision, this Fabricator position is responsible for designing and fabricating minor and major metal parts, tools and jigs through precision work on original and intricate layout, machining and assembly tasks. Welds, lathes, heats, cuts, bends, solder, and drills from minimal descriptions. Sets up and operates precision tools.


  • Designs and builds production tooling for fabricated parts.

  • Performs prototype fabrication from visual descriptions or sketches. Prototypes engine parts.

  • Forms sheet metal parts using a variety of machinist hand tools and precision measuring instruments.

  • Runs manual mills, lathes, drill presses and grinding equipment to perform turning, facing, boring, chamfering, drilling, grooving, reaming, tapping and slotting.

  • Sets up and operates a variety of engine lathes to perform quantity production machining to close tolerances.

  • Designs and builds jigs and fixtures for producing weldments and dip brazing. Designs and builds press tooling for forming sheet metal parts.

  • Performs welding, fitting and soldering on extremely thin ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

  • Utilizes blue prints, sketches, drawings, verbal descriptions and sample parts to determine dimensions and tolerances of finished parts, the sequence of operations, and set up requirements.

  • 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 assigned as required.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires an associate's degree, technical/trade school training or equivalent and three or more years experience in fabrication. Additional experience may be substituted for formal education.

  • Good knowledge of computer operations and applications required. Must be able to read and comprehend complex blueprints, engineering drawings, sketches, and verbal and written communications. Must be able to perform highly complex assignments with little or no direction. Required to utilize independent judgment related to fabrication functions and activities. Able to weld to close tolerances. Must possess strong working knowledge of AN and MS fasteners, AN plumbing and aircraft riveting tools and procedures. Considerable knowledge of the position is required to ascertain complex and diverse problem situations and to recommend practical solutions to complex issues related to fabrication. Must be able to work independently or on a team. Possesses good interpersonal skills, and verbal and written communication skills to interface with various levels of employees while performing fabrication functions. Ability to work in a team in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours as required.

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.