Optical Engineer | ETC

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Position Location: 
Midwest
Job Description: 

ETC, the world leader in Theatrical Lighting, has an immediate opening for an Optical Design Engineer. Join the team that will bring the next generation of LED lighting products to a theatre, TV studio, or movie set near you! Our ideal candidate will be a seasoned Optical Engineer who can share their experience and knowledge as we continue to make cutting edge products for our customers around the globe. Strong candidates will have a minimum of a B.S. in Optics, experience designing optical systems, and a solid understanding of optical component design tolerances. Experience with Zemax, TracePro, and Solidworks software is a plus. Come join a company with a refreshing work environment, great benefits, and a close knit family of the best coworkers around!

Representative Responsibilities:

  • Performs assigned project tasks under direct supervision of more senior-level engineers.
  • Participates in the development effort under the direction of management and more senior team members
  • Makes design modifications or improvements to development projects with supervision
  • Maintains project reference documentation 
  • Develops test and verification procedures
  • May be involved in continuing engineering maintenance and manufacturing floor support of existing products 
  • Provides task completion time estimates 
  • Attends identified training classes
  • Participates as a team member, works effectively in a team environment 
  • Becomes familiar with tools and applications utilized by department
  • Learns department and corporate policies, procedures and plans
  • Define acceptable optical performance parameters for ETC’s lighting fixtures
  • Develop procedures to ensure that designed and manufactured fixtures perform to those parameters
  • Assist mechanical engineer with design of opto-mechanical systems 
  • Develop quantifiable beam and image specifications for new light fixtures based on Marketing specification requirements
  • Utilize software design and analysis programs to analyze optical elements and systems that meet these specifications
  • Design and perform experiments to investigate design problems and determine optical element fabrication tolerances
  • Assist in the preparation, review, and editing of marketing photometric data sheets and technical documents
  • Assist in Communications with suppliers
  • Qualify new optical element suppliers
  • Discuss quality-related problems and work with supplier and Quality to resolve them
  • Assist Senior optical design engineer in the development of optical portions of the design specification
  • Develop and conduct and report on photometric testing of ETC & competitive products to benchmark their performance
  • Compile all photometric testing data and format for insertion into the design specification and publishable photometric data
  • Assist Senior optical design engineer with the optical validation test plan of a project
  • Define methods of qualification of optical system and individual optical components
  • Define methods for verification of performance of the optical system and individual components
  • Perform photometric and optical component validation testing in conjunction with vendors on mockups, prototypes, and production as required
  • Develop methods of measuring and maintaining acceptable optical component tolerance in production and monitor optical components and system quality in Manufacturing on a regular basis
  • Assist with the design and building of optical component test fixtures for QA and production
  • Provide technical assistance to QA and production on optical components and the use of test fixtures and related equipment
  • Write Work Instructions for quality control of optical system and individual components, and train Quality personnel in these Work Instructions.
  • Work with suppliers and QA personnel to resolve any optical quality problems
  • Verifies ECR/ECOs on optical components
  • Assist in the creation and maintenance or production test records
  • Provide training to QA and production personnel on the proper assembly of new products
  • Write and maintain the photometric and optical test procedure documentation for ISO 9001 quality system
  • Maintain a library of photometric and other optical testing literature, including standards and references
  • Responsible for the organization and maintenance of the optical test lab and equipment
  • Provides technical assistance to other departments, vendors, and customers on optic related matters
  • Provide input to improve departmental processes and quality
  • Recommends the purchase of new equipment for departmental improvements 
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Completes special projects and assignments in a positive and timely manner

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Technical Bachelor’s Degree 
  • All levels of previous job related experience will be considered 
  • Demonstrates basic written/verbal skills
  • Has good grasp of grammar and sentence structure for technical writing
  • Listens/gives constructive feedback
  • Good group interaction skills
  • Ability to follow directions and project plans
  • Demonstrates ability to solve problems of limited scope and perform root cause analysis
  • Analyzes data using standard, straightforward methods
  • Grasps technical concepts and asks for clarification and direction when needed
  • Ability to implement designs for well-defined blocks
  • Understands and applies accepted engineering principles and practices
  • Assists with design or modification of a product, service, or process
  • Experience in the development of optical systems, components, and test equipment and procedures
  • Good knowledge of illumination optics and beam patterns
  • Good knowledge of optical design principles, component specification, and tolerances
  • Good knowledge of various optical production methods
  • Good knowledge of the use of light measurement equipment (i.e. light meter, color meter, CCD camera)
  • Good knowledge of the use of electrical test equipment (i.e. voltmeter, scope, power meter)
  • Some knowledge of Prometric photometric testing software desirable
  • Some knowledge of Zemax optical design software desirable
  • Good knowledge of the use of mechanical test equipment (i.e. dial calipers, heights gage, feeler gage)
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