General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Composite Technician - Trim and Drill in San Diego, California

Job ID# 13009BR

Company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Title Composite Technician - Trim and Drill

Job Category Manufacturing


City San Diego

State California

Regular/Temp Regular Employee

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Hourly

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 a Trim and Drill Composite Technician to join our Manufacturing department within the ASI division.



Under general supervision, with some detailed instructions and intermittent review, and working in a loud manufacturing environment with a variety of epoxy agents, this position performs repetitive or standard procedures and assists in the fabrication, curing, build-up and assembly of various types of composite materials where required information is readily available, methods and sequences have been pre-determined and tooling is provided. Works to blueprints, templates, sample parts, process sheets and other authorized information.

Build to specific dimensions and tolerances

  • Paint composite and metal components including bodywork, contour shaping and sanding

  • Work with epoxy paints, urethane, and water base epoxy coatings

  • Assembly aircraft components using structural adhesives, rivets, and threaded fasteners

  • Cross train in other areas of Assembly

  • Utilize shop aids to facilitate fabrication, trimming, and assembly, as required

  • Check expiration dates of materials prior to use

  • Prepare proper mixes of resins and catalysts

  • Maintain records, as required, and support Quality process

  • Observe all laws and work in a safe manner

Job Qualifications

Typically requires High School diploma or equivalent and two or more years of related experience.

  • Must be able to use hand tools, such as rollers, paper cutters, scissors, x-acto knives, electric heat gun and fixtures such as molds and mandrels.

  • May require respirator certification.

  • Must be able to work in a loud environment; work extended hours as required; and be able to lift assemblies weighing up to 50 lbs.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong understanding and comprehension of written and verbal instructions

  • Capability of conducting mathematical calculations

  • Ability to use measuring instruments such as scales and calipers


  • Safety

  • Quality

  • Critical thinking

  • Attention to detail

  • Tool Prep, De-mold, Ply, Core Cutting MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH:

  • Blue Print reading

  • FOD & Tool Control

  • 5S Applications

  • MPS dimensions

  • Engineering Drawings

  • Working with graphite tools

  • Application of SWI's

  • Application of shop aides

  • Templates

  • Repetitive or Standard Procedures

  • Routing, Trimming, Drilling

  • Continuous Improvement

Travel Percentage Required 0% - 25%

Clearance Required? No

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.