Principal Optical Engineer | II-VI Optical Systems

Date Posted: 
Monday, December 4, 2017

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Position Location: 
Tustin, CA
Job Description: 

Job Functions:

Advanced Technology Development:  Exhibits an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness to develop highly advanced technologies, scientific principles, theories and concepts related to the design and application of optical systems.  Extends knowledge base and technical capabilities in the field of optical design, alignment, and test for components and opto-mechanical systems.   Develops advanced technology resulting in new product/business opportunities for the company.  Serves as technical consultant to management for long-term business planning related to technology development for optical systems.  Plans R&D projects, troubleshoots critical processes, and provides technical expertise and guidance to the engineering department.  Represents II-VI OS as the principal expert in the field of optical design for components and opto-mechanical systems.

Technology Expert: Acknowledged company expert and valuable technical resource for all specialized technologies used in the design, alignment, and test of optical components and opto-mechanical systems.  Must also serve as an effective archive of many years of successful and unsuccessful design approaches, and applies this knowledge/experience to new programs.

Optical Engineering:  Leads technical teams and coordinates engineering activities for design, development, and implementation of new optical components and systems.  Responsibilities include all aspects of optical engineering including component and system design, material selections, assembly process development (especially alignment and test issues), qualification, and process documentation.  Serves as the Process Owner for optical design processes (hardware and software) including implementation of processes, monitoring of process operations and status, and support of software and hardware maintenance and appropriate upgrades.  Supports program management and operations personnel with technical guidance on assigned projects.  Ensures that design concepts comply with customer's specifications and are manufacturable.  Supports acceptance testing, qualification testing, and troubleshooting efforts on assigned programs.  Participates in configuration control (CCD), change control (ECO, NOR, RCN), and MRB activities to support assigned programs.  Adheres to program financial goals and provides financial estimates and status updates to program management.

Business Development:  Supports technical meetings with customers and writes technical proposals for development of new business.  Assists the estimation group in evaluating technical requirements, identifying exceptions, and preparing cost estimates for customer quotes.

Job Requirements:     


Minimum BS Degree, MS degree preferred, in engineering or related discipline, preferably in physics, optics, electrical or mechanical engineering.


12 years minimum optical engineering experience with minimum 5 years experience at an aerospace/defense company.  Experience with visible and Infrared targeting and surveillance systems for aerospace/defense applications preferred.

About II-VI Optical Systems:

II-VI Optical Systems' designs, manufactures, assembles and tests precision optical systems and components. Our products have been deployed on military platforms such as submarines, tanks, missiles, fighter jets and UAV's. II-VI Optical Systems has grown over the years from a provider of specialty optical materials to a full service provider of optical components and optical systems.

Since its establishment in 1961, II-VI Optical Systems has maintained a commitment to customer satisfaction and continuous improvement. Our commitment to customer satisfaction is achieved by continuous training of our staff with focus on quality, on-time delivery, and cost reduction. From the initial customer inquiry to final delivery, meeting the customer's requirements is our primary objective.

"II-VI Optical Systems is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law."