General Dynamics Mission Systems RF Systems Engineer in San Jose, California

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in systems engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience. Agile experience preferred

Responsibilities for this Position

General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a RF Systems Engineer. This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems. The Radio Frequency Intelligence Systems business unit is focused on providing Mission Operation Centers for critical Department of Defense systems along with computational capabilities for signals detections and analysis. This business unit also provides customers with capabilities in critical system Command and Control (C2) systems and critical 24/7 mission monitoring systems.


Sr. RF Systems Engineers analyze, design, develop and test GDMS systems to ensure the integration of software, hardware, reliability, maintainability, safety and other requirements in the total engineering effort. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Developing requirements

  • Performing mission, functional, cost-benefit and risk analysis

  • Tracking requirements from inception through validation on a delivered system

  • Preparing specifications for operational systems to ensure designs meet applicable specifications

  • Providing integration and test of a system to ensure requirements are met

  • These individuals may also be asked to:

  • Document requirements validation plans and procedures

  • Provide accreditation/certification evaluation and test support

  • Develop software integration test cases and procedures, execute tests, and document test results

  • Lead an integration and test team


  • Exercise creative thinking to advance our business performance

  • Deliver innovative, flexible, integrated solutions to meet customers changing business needs

  • Lead engineers in following GDMS engineering processes

  • Follow industry trends and developments to ensure GDMS services are consistent with, and/or superior to, industry best practices


  • Understanding of RF-based SIGINT and COMINT system architecture and design

  • System requirements definition and flow down

  • System-level and software-level integration and test

  • Developing formal test plans and procedures

  • Leading engineering teams

  • Experience integrating and testing in a Windows environment

  • Experience with satellite orbital data and missions

  • Good troubleshooting skills

  • Good understanding of the software development life cycle, including configuration management

  • Must be self-motivated and proactive to learn the software and system

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in presenting technical briefings

  • Able to travel worldwide, up to 20% expected


• System-level CONOPS definition• System-level modeling and trade-off analyses• System-level signal, RF path, and link budget analyses


Systems Engineer CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS:Department of Defense TS/SCI security clearance is required at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!

General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran

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General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran.


Job LocationUSA-CA-San Jose

Required ClearanceTS/SCI


Employment TypeFull Time

Hiring CompanyGeneral Dynamics Mission Systems