Opto-Mechanical Engineer | The Aerospace Corporation

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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Position Location: 
El Segundo, CA
Job Description: 

Requisition ID: 44323 

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)  

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?

Responsibilities

The Integrated Sensor Design and Analysis Department supports electro-optical payload development by performing systems engineering analysis in a concurrent engineering environment. Systems are evaluated from an optical, thermal, and structural perspective using STOP analysis. We support the optical design, analysis, and testing of sensor systems from quick-turnaround prototypes to Class A satellites.  

Key Functions

  • Develop, model, and analyze the opto-mechanical design of space-based systems including quick-turnaround prototypes and cubesats using CAD, FEA and optical analysis software.
  • Generate opto-mechanical designs for implementation and build of novel sensor concepts to meet evolving customer requirements and missions.
  • Analyze optical structural performance for static deformations, modal analysis, and thermal deformations.
  • Interact with senior staff and department management to solve challenging technical problems that arise on EO sensor system programs. 

***This role can be filled as an Aerospace Senior Member of Technical Staff or Engineering Specialist***

Qualifications

Required

  • Degree from an accredited university in optics, physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or another related field.
  • 5+ years of experience in opto-mechanical design of optical systems, experience with remote sensing space-based systems is a plus.
  • Must be able to perform detailed opto-mechanical system design and analysis using CAD tools such as Solidworks, NX and/or SpaceClaim.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying opto-mechanical principles to optical testing of systems.
  • Demonstrated understanding of radiometric, thermal, and structural effects on optical performance metrics.
  • Strong computer programming skills in an engineering application environment such as MATLAB, ENVI/IDL, or Mathematica.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work interactively and effectively with Air Force and government customers, and with contractor personnel.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information TS/SCI SSBI security clearance. 

Preferred Qualifications for Senior Member of Technical Staff 

  • Background in structural or thermal analysis using FEA
  • Advanced degree.

Required for consideration as an Engineering Specialist

  • Degree from an accredited university in optics, physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or another related field.
  • 8+ years of experience in opto-mechanical design of optical systems, experience with remote sensing space-based systems is a plus.
  • Must be able to perform detailed opto-mechanical system design and analysis using CAD tools such as Solidworks, NX and/or SpaceClaim.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying opto-mechanical principles to optical testing of systems.
  • Demonstrated understanding of radiometric, thermal, and structural effects on optical performance metrics.
  • Strong computer programming skills in an engineering application environment such as MATLAB, ENVI/IDL, or Mathematica.
  • Team leadership experience and mentoring of junior staff.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work interactively and effectively with Air Force and government customers, and with contractor personnel.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a TS/SCI SSBI security clearance. 

Preferred Qualifications for Engineering Specialist 

  • Background in structural or thermal analysis using FEA
  • Advanced degree.

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.

Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 

Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance.  U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at ieo.mailbox@aero.org. You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles 
Job Segment: Engineer, Electrical, Thermal Engineering, Secret Clearance, Drafting, Engineering, Government

Contact: 

For questions on this requisition, contact Dr. Iwona A Palusinski, Director Integrated Sensor Design and Analysis, at palusinski@aero.org

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