Junior Optical Engineer

Job Description

ATA is seeking an entry to mid-level optical engineer to be responsible for optical engineering support in ATA’s laser communications laboratory. Projects would vary from technology development to low-volume production. The candidate is expected to be very hands-on and experienced in a laboratory and clean room setting. The candidate would show capability and interest in optical design and analysis, while taking responsibility for integrating, and testing of precision optical subsystems for airborne and spacecraft applications that include laser sources, detectors, alignment systems, scanning and fast steering mirrors, telescopes, gimbals, and other related optical pointing and stabilization systems. The candidate would work in a team environment with one or more engineers and/or technicians per project. The candidate must have skills and experience with optical test equipment (e.g., interferometers), laser sources, fiber optics, and various detectors. The candidate would be responsible for maintaining an optics laboratory in an orderly and clean condition, including maintaining necessary supplies, cabinets, tools, and equipment in good working order.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with strong critical thinking skills, demonstrated self-starter characteristics, and the capability of assembling optical subsystems and test configurations based on general directions from a Senior Optical Engineer. The candidate must be able to adapt between technology development projects and the formalisms (processes and procedures) associated with building space-qualified or production hardware.


  • - Bachelor’s degree in Optical Engineering (or equivalent experience)

  • - Experience with optical system development and performance assessment including elements of
      design, assembly, integration, and test

  • - Experience with optical laboratory test equipment, test configurations, and test execution

  • - Experience with lab control software (e.g. LabVIEW), analysis software (e.g. MATLAB), and optical
      design software (e.g., Zemax), and similar related tools

  • - Ability to quickly adapt to different projects and to work several projects simultaneously

  • - Demonstrated communication skills (technical writing, verbal presentations)

  • - Ability and willingness to perform moderate physical tasks, such as lifting, carrying, bending, and
      continuous standing

  • - Ability to perform other tasks, including, but not limited to: maintaining laboratory equipment,
      and ordering supplies and equipment

  • - Some travel may be required

  • - Potential for supporting extended work weeks during differing project phases, as necessary

  • - Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance (Note a
      clearance will not be required initially)

  • - Experience with space flight hardware is a bonus

ATA is an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability employer. Please send all resumes, including cover letters, to Human Resources at Applied Technology Associates, 1300 Britt Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123.  You may also fax them to (505) 998-2397, or e-mail them to  PLEASE REFER TO DOCKET No. ATA201707026.

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