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Opto-Mechanical Engineer

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Posted: 07/18/2018 Employment Type: Contract Category: Mechanical Engineers Job Number: 77249

Major Purpose:
  • Develops and applies advanced hardware design methods, theories and research techniques in the investigation and solution of complex and advanced technical problems.
  • Plans, conducts, technically directs and evaluates projects or major phases of significant projects, coordinating the efforts of engineers and technical support staff.

 Major Functions:
  • The following reflects management’ s definition of essential functions for this job, but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned.
  • Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.
  • Diagnoses complex performance issues in existing products and makes improvements or modifications to produce desired results.
  • Conducts independent technical investigations of considerable complexity to improve system performance or solve difficult system requirements issues.
  • Analyzes, develops, and recommends design approaches to meet production requirements for complex systems on new or improved products and/or processes.
  • Plans, conducts, and technically directs projects or phases of projects and may coordinate the efforts of technical support personnel as required.
  • Interfaces with and evaluates vendor capabilities to provide required products or services.
  • Provides technical consultation to other organizations.
  • Reviews literature, patents, and current practices relevant to the solution of assigned projects.
  • Is a member of the bid and proposal team and helps define system configuration and cost estimation for recurring and non-recurring hours and direct costs.
  • Provides concepts of the system using CAD software.
  • As program lead ME, meets with the project engineers and other key individuals associated with the project to determine the schedule status and scope of the project.
  • Assists in generating the mechanical requirements flow-down
  • Works with systems engineering to conduct system level analyses prior to the Preliminary Design Review.
  • Develops conceptual designs to be presented internally for a peer review before they are presented at the Preliminary design review.
  • Takes into consideration the critical design risks and technical challenges.
  • Using FEA or CAE tools, provides detailed analyses of components and/or subsystems in order to meet system requirements.
  • These are presented at the Critical Design Review.
  • Completes detail design and BOM structure, including selection of off-the-shelf mechanical components as well as custom fabricated parts.
  • Researches and selects materials, coordinates vendor outsourcing, and works with design consultants as needed.
  • Provides drafting and manufacturing documentation in order to release the design to the production floor.
  • For critical subsystems, prepares design verification.
  • Designs tooling and the use of test equipment as deemed necessary.
  • Supports manufacturing and procurement with engineering change orders.
  • Works with Quality department to assess non-conforming material reports.

  • BSME (Masters preferred) or equivalent training/experience.

  • 12 years of related experience with B.S. Degree; 10 years with M.S. Degree.
  • Extensive SolidWorks modeling and drafting experience.
  • Advanced knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.
  • Broad scope product design knowledge.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing methods.
  • Knowledge of gear train and motor design.
  • Understanding of machine design and theory of mechanisms.
  • Experienced in thermal design considerations.
  • Experience using MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Mathcad, TK Solver, Matlab.
  • Finite element analysis using CosmosWorks or ANSYS preferred.
  • Advanced materials selection knowledge.
  • Knowledge of non-linear finite element (FE) stress modeling.
  • Electronics packaging knowledge.
  • Advanced skills in shock and vibration analysis, design for fatigue and DEM reviewer.
  • Broad mechanical engineering background that balances design, analysis, and hands-on experience developing electro-opto-mechanical assemblies.
  • Experience designing and analyzing opto-mechanical systems preferred.
  • Experience mounting small (1-2) and large (5-16) reflective and refractive optics preferred.
  • Experience analyzing optical stress and strain due to structural, dynamic and thermal loads preferred.
  • Experience with precision actuation and positioning of optical assemblies preferred.
  • Must be a US Citizen or US Person as defined by ITAR.

  • Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with other design disciplines as well as manufacturing to create design solutions that address often-conflicting requirements.
  • Must be creative, open-minded, a good communicator, and a good listener.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly (written and verbal) to technical and non-technical personnel.
  • Ability to write clear technical documentation.
  • Ability to logically address, analyze and resolve problems.
  • Ability to effectively plan and organize projects and manage priorities.
  • Acute attention to detail and deadlines.

ADA Requirements:
  • Some repetitive motion activities.
  • Visual acuity to operate equipment, read technical information.
  • Able to use a computer/keyboard for extended periods of time.
  • Able to use office & test equipment and computers/peripherals, in a standard office & computer lab environment.
  • May be required to lift/move up to 25 lbs. with assistance.
  • Fast paced, schedule driven environment.
  • Willing and able to work extended hours when necessary.

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