Engineering Leadership Program


General Dynamics Mission Systems values training and the development of future leaders. The Engineering Leadership Program (ELP) has been part of our company for 50 years and counting. The ELP is an entry level 3-year rotational program for developing technical leaders in an accelerated learning environment. The program is for those who want to prepare for leadership roles and become better engineers to meet our customers' needs.


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What The Program Includes:

  • Rotational assignments
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership development
  • Community service
  • Technical training
  • Master's degree

What To Expect From The ELP

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Career Development

  • Advanced leadership training
  • Projects and presentations with senior leadership
  • Cross facility/site exposure with extensive networking opportunities
  • A leadership training program that focuses on engineers who are early in their post-college careers
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Training Opportunities

  • Multi-discipline technical training classes
  • Professional development training in communications, teamwork, leading teams, having difficult conversations, and more
  • Real-world lab and hardware/software engineering hands-on development activities
  • Rotations across different disciplines across a variety of departments
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Volunteer Activities

We take pride in our employees’ community involvement and volunteerism. Some ways to volunteer in our community include:

  • United Way
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Red Cross Blood Drives
  • School Backpack Drives
  • STEAM Education Outreach
  • Military Family Supply Drives

Where Is The ELP?

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When you start working for General Dynamics Mission Systems at one location, there is opportunity for you to rotate across the company and our country. The ELP program currently spans 6 states and 18 cities. We have open positions in these ELP locations and our other sites.


GD Piper Lincoln ELP

Piper Lincoln

Software Engineer,  ELP Class of 2020

“The highlight of the ELP was presenting our internal A-Course final project. You must be prepared to work really hard, but you’ll have an incredible network of people supporting you every step of the way.”

GD Crystal Huynh ELP

Crystal Huynh

Systems Engineer, ELP Class of 2018

“Being in the ELP creates opportunities for you to quickly build a network within General Dynamics Mission Systems and see many aspects of the business. I was able to do a rotation in Fair Lakes, Virginia for a year. It was a great experience to work at a different site and under a different business area. It does take some hard work since you are juggling work, grad school, and the additional ELP specific courses and projects but overall it’s been a great experience.”

Tim Allard ELP

Tim Allard

Systems Engineering Manager, ELP Class of 2011

“My best memories are from the early internal A-Course days, meeting new people, networking, and doing my rotations. I always encourage new hires that I interview to consider whether they see themselves as a leader in the next 5 years. If so, ELP is a good way to get you the training and visibility you need within the company to make that happen.”

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