Opto-Mechanical Engineer | Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Date Posted: 
Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Position Location: 
Pasadena, CA
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About Us

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


Opto-Mechanical Engineers at JPL have the unique opportunity to build the future of exploration. You can be a part of design, fabrication, and testing, research, technology development, and creation of advanced optical instruments. Opto-Mechanical Engineers at JPL have expertise that spans the full breath of mechanical disciplines and is applied from architectural concept through operations.

Our Opto-Mechanical Engineers are responsible for the following:

  • Design engineering and drafting
  • Design data management and control
  • Maintaining hardware standards, testing standards, and design processes for flight hardware
  • Computer aided engineering solutions for mechanical design and analysis
  • Materials analysis, characterization, and testing
  • Mechanical and electronic fabrication
  • Environmental testing


JPL's New Grad program provides recent college graduates with an opportunity to immediately utilize the knowledge obtained through their studies to gain related work experiences in alignment with their professional goals. To qualify for this program, students must be graduating this academic year or have graduated with Bachelor's and Master's within the last 36 months or with a PhD within the last 7 years.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. For more information about "EEO is the Law" click here: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available at http://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/nasaecp/


IA Meeting POC and to request and interview: James McGuire (james.p.mcguire@jpl.nasa.gov)
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