Evan

Systems Engineer, General Dynamics Mission Systems
Years at General Dynamics: 9
“I’m in an incredible leadership role and I owe it to the leaders who knew how valuable that initial experience would be.”

What project at General Dynamics have you been most proud to work on?
I’m currently the Installation and Activation lead on a new class of Navy ship and I have an amazing team working toward a common goal. I’ve chaired working groups with our customer, was a system designer and an integration lead and now I’m flipping switches on the equipment I’ve been working on for years. It is incredibly satisfying to walk on the deck plates of a new, massive Navy vessel that I’ve been actively designing since its inception. I’ll be aboard coordinating testing the first time she goes to sea until she is finally delivered to the Navy.

How have you grown your career here?
I started with the company in a rotational development program – in my first three years I had jobs in six or seven different departments. That initial experience continues to serve me well now, five years later. Not only did I learn how to network, but I obtained a first-hand understanding of what makes the jobs of my teammates “difficult.” Now I’m in an incredible leadership role and I owe it to the leaders who knew how valuable that initial experience would be.

What is your most memorable experience at General Dynamics?
My most memorable experience was working in Perth, Australia for three months. I was sent overseas to be the sole company representative. While  there, I worked on countless aspects of system design I had never been exposed to before – helicopters, weapons and communication systems. I traveled to ten different countries that year, all inspired by meeting some incredible leaders who gave me an extraordinary opportunity.