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Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) Engineer

Location: Poway
Posted on: November 16, 2021

Job Description:

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.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Instrumentation and Controls Engineer as part of the Engineering and Projects team in our Magnetic Fusion Energy Group. This Position with limited direction is responsible for detailed hardware and software design of process automation control system projects, as well as, defining architecture requirements, developing detailed software design specifications, programming PLC, DCS, and PC based automation and control applications, and providing control system startup services and troubleshooting existing control systems to design development of fusion-device diagnostic measurement systems. The ideal candidate will be responsible for development, testing, and implementation of instrumentation and controls, and supports resolution of unusual or complex problems. Major areas of development include monitoring and controlling laser, visible and IR imaging, and microwave systems, including electrical power systems, and data link, data base, storage and retrieval systems.


  • Develop project documentation (specifications, design development and acceptance test plans, IO lists, device list, scope of work, etc.)
  • Develop and troubleshoot PLC & HMI applications as required
  • Design control systems, networks and control panels
  • Participate with team of project engineers to develop projects as needed
  • Effectively communicate technical solutions for control system challenges
  • Able to interpret P&ID drawings and specifications, electrical design, network design, PLC & HMI development and electrical troubleshooting
  • Develop control philosophies based on project scope and costumers' needs
  • Remain pro-active with all automation & control, instrumentation, maintenance codes, regulations, and industry standards
  • Provides technical coordination of scientists, engineers and customer.
  • Evaluates and guides electrical, mechanical, and software detailed designs to ensure system-level requirements are met. Troubleshoots conflicting and difficult coordination requirements to support design development and system implementation.
  • Devises new and unique approaches to resolve complex engineering and computer problems based on diagnostic system performance requirements and existing diagnostic system controls and data acquisition hardware.
  • Documents findings, communicates results to engineering staff, management and customer through technical presentations and reports.
  • Performs other duties as assignedWe recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.
    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; twelve or more years of experience with a bachelors degree, ten or more years of experience with a masters degree, or seven or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.
    • Must have a thorough understanding of engineering and computer science concepts, principles, and theory; experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts; and, expanding knowledge of principles, concepts, theory, and practices in related technical specialties.
    • Experience with programming PLC/DCS and Human Machine Interface (HM) applications is required. Experience with IEC 61131 adherent controllers and programming environments is required.
    • Experience with C, and C++ programming is required. Experience with Python programming is desirable.
    • Experience using, programming and interfacing with relational databases is a plus.
    • Experience with Solidworks Electrical is a plus.
    • Must have a good understanding of electrical control panels, and the NFPA NEC and UL 508 standards. Understanding of European equivalents and CE standards is a plus.
    • Must have experience with electronics development and testing with knowledge of controllers and PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) control loops.
    • Knowledge of and experience with serial and network interface communication is required.
    • Familiarity with Enterprise Architect, Unified Modeling Language, and LABVIEW is highly desirable.
    • Knowledge of Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) design and programming is desirable.
    • Experience in generating engineering estimates, organizing, scheduling, and coordinating work phases, tracking project status, and tracking development budgets is required.
    • Must have strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in one or more engineering areas; capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact and, lead a team of moderately experienced professional employees on component projects.

Keywords: GENERAL ATOMICS, Poway , Instrumentation and Controls (I&C) Engineer, Engineering , Poway, California

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