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TacJobs – Senior Optical Systems Engineer & Optical Mechanical Engineer at Optics1

Optics1 is seeking a Senior Optical Systems Engineer and Optical Mechanical Engineer at their facility in Bedford, New Hampshire.

Senior Optical Systems Engineer

As a Senior Optical Systems Engineer you will be responsible for the overall reliability and performance of US Government programs containing optical, thermal and digital observation and targeting system as well as weapon mounted laser systems. You will support new and existing product designs and play a critical part in implementing tests to ensure reliability and performance requirements are met throughout the design, manufacturing process and product life cycle. In this role you will interpret results correctly and providing feedback effectively for design improvements. As an engineer in the systems engineering group, you must demonstrate ability to effectively and clearly communicate concepts, ideas and knowledge to other individuals and teams.


• Apply technical expertise to contribute to test method development, implementation and validation for military devices/systems

• Assess design feasibility and test product functionality and/or confirm product capabilities

• Participate in new product design and design improvements to existing products

• Conduct hands-on tests and experiments – draw sound conclusions from properly collected data. Demonstrate good understanding of required lab equipment, practices and test methodologies.

• Effectively communicate / work with peers. Must be comfortable presenting to and constructively interacting with customers.

• Assist in failure analysis and troubleshooting across of a variety of product platforms.

• Routinely interact with vendors / suppliers and demonstrate awareness of industry resources/ standards

• Possess a willingness to learn and apply good engineering practices to a wide variety of tasks


• 10 years System Engineering experience in the DoD industry or related field

• Experience generating test plans and conducting reliability test

• Prior experience working with Optical, IR imaging, and precision targeting systems

• Demonstrated experience conducting qualification testing per Mil Std 810G

• Expert level experience generating system engineering documents such as

? System Engineering Master Plan (SEMP),

? System Engineering Test plan (SETP)

? Life Cycle Sustainment Plan (LCSP) 

? Test and Evaluation Master Plan (TEMP)

• Strong organizational, presentation and customer relationship skills.

• Solid verbal and written communication skills.

• Must work well and thrive in a deadline driven, fast paced environment.

• Ability to follow-up and anticipate in advance of requests in dealing with a diverse group.

• Must be proactive and be creative in supporting daily challenges with a positive attitude.

• Demonstrated leadership skills while having the ability to be a team player.

• U.S. citizenship with the ability to obtain secret level security clearance is required


• The ability to travel and interact with key users in the field and at Military Bases throughout the country is required.

• Proficiency in MS Office Suite of programs, including MS Word, MS Outlook, MS Excel, PowerPoint.

• Fluent in English Language.

• Experience working in a diverse multinational engineering organization a plus.

• Candidate must be willing to travel US and abroad approximately 10% of the time.

EOE/AA/M/F/Vets – U.S. citizenship is required.

Optical-Mechanical Engineer

The Optical-Mechanical Engineer individual will assist Operations and Engineering in building and documenting prototype through Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) systems.  The Opto-Mechanical Engineer will assist production personnel with daily build and troubleshooting, identify and implement improved processes through use of Lean Six Sigma and other improvement methodologies, recommend design for manufacturability improvements, design and implement tooling and test equipment and train of assembly personnel.  The majority of time to be spent on the production floor working with equipment/ processes, production personnel, quality and engineering.


• Develops, evaluates and improves manufacturing methods utilizing knowledge of product design, materials and parts, fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment capabilities, assembly methods, quality standards, Lean Six Sigma and other improvement methodologies.

• Transitioning of prototypes into full rate production

• Develop test stations and test software

• Develops and implements manufacturing documentation including work instructions, process flows, routers and bills of materials

• Assists production personnel with daily build and troubleshooting

• Works with designers to recommend changes for manufacturability

• Training of assemblers and technicians to perform manufacturing and testing of complex electro-optical assemblies

• Design of electro optical test fixtures/ interfaces to be utilized in manufacturing production and test including environmental testing

• Work closely with engineering, programs and customers to insure that test plans and procedures cover all requirements and functions of the product

• Manages production tools to assure that tools are on hand and available for use

• Supports all non-conformance activities, from supplying the proper data to Engineers, drafting and implementing rework procedures to direct disposition of parts when appropriate

• Assists Quality Engineering and Design Engineering with product design, product qualifications and environmental testing requirements


• Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical engineering / engineering technology field

• At least 5 years of experience in a manufacturing facility

• Self-Starter with the ability to work independently and as a collaborative team player

• Strong organizational, presentation and customer relationship skills

• Solid verbal and written communication skills

• Demonstrated ability to be a team player

• Ability to effectively deliver a product within schedule and budget

• Experience with writing automation applications using LabVIEW or similar tools a plus

• Knowledge and Experience of testing to meet MIL-STD-810G requirements

• The flexibility for some out-of-the-area and overnight travel 

• US Citizenship or hold US Protected Individual Status


• Experience with design using SolidWorks software or equivalent.

• Experience working in an ITAR environment and a DoD cleared facility a plus

• Experience with ISO 9000 and 9015 a plus

• Knowledge and experience of working in or maintaining a clean room a plus

• Experience with SAP or other ERP systems a plus

Physical Demands:

• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.
Work Environment:

• While performing the aforementioned job duties, the employee mainly works in a professional office setting that is relatively quiet and has temperature control systems.

• This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones and photocopiers.
EOE/AA/M/F/Vets – 

For a full list open positions at Optics1, visit www.optics1.com/careers.

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