Mechanical Engineer Optics | Benchmark Electronics Inc.

Date Posted: 
Monday, March 26, 2018
Position Location: 
Rochester, MN
Job Description: 

Primary Job Function: 

Opto-mechanical Engineer – Design, model, analyze, prototype, and develop opto-mechanical systems with broad expertise of laser, imaging, illumination, and precision optical mounting techniques and their applications in various field, including medical devices. 

  • Overall responsibility and technical expertise for precision opto-mechanical and structural assemblies and product chassis  (ensuring they are designed to spec / work with vendors to have them manufactured / in-lab setup / availability / test functionality).
  • Lead the design development and implement a manufacturing validation strategy to address product, process and test method and release to manufacturing.
  • Perform detailed analysis to ensure product performance, reliability and manufacturability in addition to documenting the design, development, and validation processes.
  • Produce design packages for vendors including optical and mechanical drawings with specification, tolerance, and special process steps.
  • Provide innovative solutions and direct support to achieve design project milestones.
  • Collaborates within multidisciplinary teams to achieve project milestones.

Primary Requirements: 

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering with a minimum of 7 or more years of experience, 2 years in the medical device industry preferred. MS with minimum of 5 years of experience.
  • Working knowledge of: Optical design, enclosures, structural, mechanical, heat transfer, scanner systems, precision machined components, die cast, and plastics. 
  • Strong in SolidWorks or similar CAD tools (Top-Down Design, Assemblies, Component design), FEA, and GD&T Tolerance Analysis. 
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex design and engineering problems with minimal assistance, while drawing inputs from Manufacturing, Quality, Regulatory, and Clinical functions.
  • Design for manufacturability, assembly, and / or reliability (thermal, vibration, shock) Manufacturing process development for medical equipment.
  • Design control; verification and validation, design transfer.
  • Experience operating within a highly regulated industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate, mentor, train, coach, and lead others.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Opto-mechanical design for diode lasers and LED and UV light sources.
  • Experience with Optical Coherence Tomography; 3D and scanning imaging; ophthalmic microscope systems, ultrasound imaging and probe design. 
  • Experience with FDA and international ISO regulations pertaining to design control requirements for medical devices.


  • Demonstrate a basic engineering level understanding of optics electronic components, circuits and systems and troubleshooting; Ability to utilize this level of understanding to creatively and efficiently design products and assemblies based on various applications and technologies.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of optics mechanism design; Ability to creatively and efficiently design mechanical portions of products, tooling and test fixtures based on various applications and technologies.
  • Ability to make judgments, with management guidance, using sound engineering principles and techniques.
  • Effective organization and prioritization skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to complete projects in a timely manner.
  • Ability to support a 24/7 global business operation as required.
  • Demonstrate discretion, confidentiality and professionalism when representing the company.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, as well as presentation skills.
  • Ability to work well individually or in teams.
  • Ability to take on project leadership/ownership with management guidance.
  • Require close supervision for completion of tasks.
  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with suppliers or customers.
  • Understanding of and ability to use continuous improvement tools.
  • Knowledge of schematic capture tools, including but not limited to: Cadence OrCad, Cadence Concept, Mentor Design Architect, Mentor Design Capture, Mentor DX Designer, Veribest, Innoveda.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills, both written and verbal with internal and external customers.
  • Available for travel up to 5% of the time, including day and overnight travel as required.


  • 0-5+ years of experience in optics mechanical manufacturing, developing electronic hardware and software.

Education Requirements

  • 4 year Engineering or Technical Degree preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience as approved by executive management.

Job Category: Design Engineering

Job Location: Rochester, MN, USA

Schedule: Day

Pay Type: Salary

Travel Requirement: No

Job Type: Full-Time