Professional Development Opportunities
We offer a variety of leadership programs and professional development opportunities designed for all areas of our business as a resource for individuals to further develop their skills in a fast-paced team environment.
Engineering and Manufacturing Leadership Programs
Both the engineering and manufacturing leadership programs are 3-year rotational programs aimed at developing future leaders in an accelerated learning environment. Members of these programs complete:
- A technical masters degree
- Rotations across different disciplines within each department
- Advanced leadership training
- Projects and presentations with senior leadership
Systems Engineering Architect Leadership Program
This 15-month program is a developmental opportunity for mid to senior level professionals interested in growing their capabilities to take on complex and strategic initiatives. Members of this program complete:
- A 4-course graduate program in Systems Engineering & Architecture
- Formal academic and leadership training
- On job training experience
- Cross facility/site exposure with extensive networking opportunities
Our career mentoring program allows employees to connect with one another across the company in their varying areas of interest. Mentoring relationships can benefit everyone from senior leadership to entry level engineers.
“The mentorship program is eye opening. Open and frank discussion about a mentee's career can help the mentor truly reflect on their own career and professional goals. It's never too late to determine whether you are in the right job and on the right path.”
- Bill Patterson, Vice President of Maritime & Strategic Systems Surface Ship Integration and Support
Employees are able to compete for rotational assignments in different departments. These assignments allow employees to explore their areas of interest and learn about each facet of the company rather than staying in one department. These are typically year-long rotations that allow you to immerse yourself in the new department and gain a real understanding of the work being done.
As part of preparing and maintaining a world-class workforce and creating a great place to work, we provide assistance for the cost of pre-approved job related courses, strategic enterprise development programs, conferences and seminars that will improve employees’ job-related skills or prepare employees to compete for reasonably attainable positions within the company to advance their careers.
The Campus Ambassador Program highlights our high-performing engineers to represent the company at our top-tier colleges and universities across the country. Ambassadors look to recruit and engage engineering students for internships and direct-hire engineering positions by engaging student groups, faculty and staff at their alma maters.
Mission Systems Leadership Council
The Mission Systems Leadership Council connects peers with others across our company, as well as with the Executive Leadership Team, to share perspectives and discuss enterprise initiatives for making General Dynamics Mission Systems a great place to work. This terrific leadership development opportunity gives members a high-visibility forum to address issues and ideas and to present their findings and recommendations directly to the Executive Leadership Team.
Business Operations Leadership Program
Our Business Operations leadership program uses formal training, relationship development, personality profiling and feedback, and experiential learning to mature leadership awareness skills in selected employees across Business Operations (IT, Facility & Real Estate, Security). Participants are assigned to a project that challenges them with real world opportunities to drive the organization forward, apply their learning and strengthen their leadership skills. Participants then present their teams findings, recommendations and plans to address their challenge area to the executive leadership team.