25 January 2024

General Atomics and Affiliated Companies | Instructor

Emerado, ND, United States


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 have an exciting opportunity for an MQ-9 Instructor Pilot located in Grand Forks, ND. Under general supervision, this position is responsible for coordinating ground and flight operations efforts including mission planning, execution and briefing, debriefing, aircrew resource management and ground and flight safety.


+ Supervises other team members, leads and directs subordinates to successfully complete assignments.

+ Serves as a permanent, full time, Instructor Pilot and may serve as a Flight Examiner/Evaluator.

+ Performs as subject matter expert for all aspects of the company’s family of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to include aircraft hardware and software, ground control, station hardware and software.

+ Responsible for the safe operation of the UAS during all phases of ground and flight operations.

+ Instructs UAS student pilots as well as instructor pilots-in-training in all aspects of RPA ground and flight operations including academic (platform instruction), simulator, and in-flight instruction.

+ Develops and executes instructor mission planning, briefing, mission execution and debriefing for ground and flight instruction.

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

+ Ensures compliance with all governing regulations including service guidance, company procedures and Federal Aviation Administration Regulations.

+ Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations and company policies wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.

+ Maintains and promotes a productive and safe working environment in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.

+ Other duties as assigned or required.

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 training equivalent to a four-year technical degree and six or more years progressively complex aviation experience; equivalent professional aviation experience may be substituted in lieu of education.

+ Progressively complex aviation experience must include work done as an instructor pilot in a formal training program.

+ For Launch and Recovery instruction: 500 hours as Pilot-in-Command (PIC) with RPA instructor or multiple RPA aircraft qualification; one thousand five hundred (1500) UAV hours, Multiple aircraft RPA Pilot Evaluator qualification.

+ Must have a strong aviation background and demonstrate a complete understanding of technical principles, theories, and concepts.

+ Must have excellent organization skills including planning and coordinating work assignments.

+ Ability to meet AFI 11-2 MQ-1/9, Volume 1, Chapter 2 Instructor Pilot Prerequisites prior to certification as an MQ-1/9 IP.

+ Must possess:

+ Direct supervisor experience required.

+ Strong interpersonal skills with emphasis on teamwork and verbal and written communication.

+ Ability to effectively interface with all levels of employees, as well as military and civilian customers.

+ Ability to work both independently and lead in a team environment is essential.

+ Strong knowledge of computer applications and operations pertinent to the position.

+ Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance.

+ Ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.

+ FAA Commercial Certificate with a current instrument rating.

+ FAA Certified Flight Instructor.

+ FAA Class II medical certificate.

+ Current and qualified MQ-9 experience – desired.

+ MQ-9 Launch and Recovery Instructor Pilot experience – desired.

+ Previous qualifications as an instructor in an aircraft in the air-to-ground role – desired.

Salary: $128,020 – $229,158 Travel Percentage Required 0 – 25 Relocation Assistance Provided Provided US Citizenship Required? No Clearance Required? Desired Clearance Level Secret Workstyle Onsite

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. To learn more visit https://tbcdn.talentbrew.com/company/499/v20/EEO Notices.pdf. U.S. Citizenship is required for certain positions.


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