26 May 2022

General Atomics and Affiliated Companies | Instructor

Grand Forks, ND, United States


MQ-9 Sensor Operator Instructor

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Date posted 05/24/2022

Job ID 34595BR

Company General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

Experience Level Mid-Level (3-7 years)

Job Title MQ-9 Sensor Operator Instructor

City Grand Forks

State North Dakota

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time Salary

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.

This position is the most skilled and qualified Company Predator Sensor Operator. This person will serve as Test Sensor Operator, Instructor Sensor Operator, and Sensor Operator Flight Examiner consulting directly with Executive management in all areas of Predator aircraft development. Serves as subject matter expert in all aspects of the Predator Unmanned Aircraft System to include hardware and software, ground control station hardware and software and operational and experimental ground and flight testing of Predator aircraft.


+ Perform duties as Experimental Test and Evaluation Sensor Operator

+ Performs duties as Instructor Sensor Operator and Sensor Operator Flight Examiner

+ Perform duties as Sensor Operator of the Predator Family of Unmanned Air Vehicles

+ Perform mission planning, briefing, mission execution and debriefing

+ Instruct UAV student sensor operators in all aspects of UAV ground and flight operations. This training includes academic (platform instruction) and in-flight instruction

+ Responsible for complying with all governing regulations including service guidance, company procedures and Federal Aviation Administration Regulations

+ Consults directly with Company engineering and senior management as subject matter expert in developing Predator aircrafts.

+ Develops and verifies procedures for use with new aircraft features

+ Supports training syllabus courseware development to include research, word processing and presentation development

We 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 education or formal training equivalent to the completion of a High School diploma or equivalent and six or more years of experience (or 750+ hours with LRE experience or 1,500+ hours MCE only) in UAV operations or aviation. Equivalent professional or military experience in UAV or aviation may be substituted in lieu of education.

+ Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

+ Must demonstrate an extensive understanding of UAV and FAA principles, theories and concepts.

+ Detailed understanding of UAVs, tactical reconnaissance and aviation principles E

+ Excellent analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to accurately interface with all levels of employees, including senior management and senior military and civilian customers, contractors and aircrew

+ Detailed knowledge of computer operations and applications.

+ The ability to work both independently and lead in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours.

+ Ability to obtain an FAA Class II medical certificate.

+ 750+ hours with LRE experience or 1,500+ hours MCE only in UAV operations.

+ The ability to work both independently and lead in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours and travel as required.

+ Additional education or formal training equivalent to the completion of a four year technical degree or trade school equivalency is strongly desired.

Travel Percentage Required 0 – 25

Relocation Assistance Provided Provided

US Citizenship Required? Yes

Clearance Required? Desired

Clearance Level Secret

Whether you are just starting out in your career or are an experienced professional, GA offers a comprehensive benefits package. For more information on our Total Rewards package, please click Apply Now below to be directed to the complete job description.

General Atomics 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, religious creed, ancestry, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, transitioning status, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, military and veteran status, marital status, medical condition, mental disability, physical disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. EEO is the law. We also prohibit compensation discrimination under all applicable laws.