Principal Engineer (Optomechanical) | Alcon Careers

Date Posted: 
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Position Location: 
Lake Forest, CA
Job Description: 
  • Apply in-depth knowledge of surgical instrumentation domain as subject matter expert across a range of engineering disciplines including Mechanical, Optomechanical, Lasers, Optical, Fiber Optics, and Materials.
  • Design, assembly, alignment, measurement, testing, analysis, and troubleshooting of therapeutics lasers, illumination, laser delivery devices, and related single-use devices.
  • Understand operation principles for optomechanical and electromechanical actuators and sensors and integrate these within complex sub-systems.
  • Generate detailed fabrication drawings with including GD&T and tolerance analysis.
  • Support medical device development activities such as prototyping and testing, pilot builds, V&V, risk assessment, and ramp-up to production validation.
  • Develop assembly and alignments fixtures for prototype fabrication and create associated processes.
  • Support concurrent engineering activities and transition to manufacturing.
  • Technical lead for new product development ensuring that design activities are conducted following Alcon SOPs.
  • Derive product design requirements based on top-level commercial input.
  • Support all aspects of documentation and design control through ECN, ECO, and Windchill.
  • Identify technical, project schedule, and commercial viability risks.
  • Run cross-functional design trade-off and technical reviews to drive design decisions.
  • Work effectively with cross-functional development teams including EE, SW, QA, and Mfg functions.
  • Team player/collaboration aptitude with strong sense of accountability and perseverance to see projects through to completion.
  • Contribute to ideation, patent portfolio and strategy development

**Relocation Assistance is Available**

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent years of directly related experience (or high school +13 yrs; Assoc.+9 yrs; M.S.+2 yrs; PhD+0 yrs)
  • The ability to fluently read, write, understand and communicate in English
  • 5 Years of Relevant Experience

Preferred Experience:

  • Industry standard tools and methods for optical, mechanical and optomechanical engineering is essential.
  • Domain knowledge in Lasers, Photonics, Optics, Optomechanics, and Fiber Optics.
  • Optical and Optomechanical metrology and testing practices.
  • Understanding of architecture design, requirements and risk management, medical device V&V, reprocessing, and single-use devices.
  • Development of laser systems, fiber optic energy delivery devices, fiber optic probes, or fiber optic illuminators.
  • Broad knowledge of precision manufacturing techniques and familiarity with assembly of micro-optical and miniature optomechanical components.
  • Biomedical product or medical device development experience.
  • Vendor and supplier management for optical components, complex sub-systems, or OEM.
  • Ability to lead small team of engineers.
  • Proficiency using PTC CREO (Pro-E), SolidWorks, ZEMAX, Code V, Light Tools, MATLAB, LabView.
  • Optomechanical design, tolerance analysis, design for athermalization, bonding and assembly processes.
  • Experience with Class 3B and Class 4 lasers and related optics for delivery and single-use devices.
  • Fiberoptics assembly, bonding and finishing processes.
  • Ophthalmic domain knowledge (Cataract, Vit-Ret, Refractive Surgery, or Diagnostics).
  • Solid understanding of Design Controls according to 21 CFR 820 or ISO 13485.
  • Proficient in Risk Management according to ISO 14971.

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