Optics Engineer II

in Ann Arbor, MI

Optics Engineer II Job

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    Division - EOTech-20000045

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    Ann Arbor, MI, US

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    Day - 1st

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L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do. 

About L3Harris Technologies

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $17 billion in annual revenue, 50,000 employees and customers in more than 130 countries. L3Harris.com


The Optical Engineer II will innovate, design, develop and troubleshoot complex optical systems for sporting and targeting optics.

Applies both geometrical and physical optics principles to design optical components and optical systems Designs, constructs, and executes experiments on optical/photonic concepts and devices for internal and external research and development Assembles, aligns, troubleshoots, and constructs complex optical systems Designs, develops, constructs and tests prototype products and components Transitions prototype products and components to reliable, high-quality and manufacturable products and components Works with engineers and technical staff to ensure detailed opto-mechanical designs meet product specifications and customer requirements Provides manufacturing support to ensure products are built in accordance with product specifications and customer requirements Defines specifications, sourcing and fabrication of optical components (lenses, prisms, mirrors, etc.) Writes technical reports, prepares and presents technical information Analyzes designs, performs trade studies, modeling, simulation, optimization, and other forms of analysis to predict component interactions and system performance around established requirements Validates both optical components and optical systems at different development stages Troubleshoots and resolves optical system performance issues Performs root-cause analysis and other problem solving activities to identify effective corrective actions and process improvements Develops and devises methods and tools to ensure quality and reliability of finished products Reviews and analyzes internal and external patent materials for novelty, usefulness, value, etc. Drives customer orientation as a business philosophy to ensure the customer’s wants and needs are the priority of all management and employees Cultivates a culture that assures effective cross functional team work Demonstrates ethical and professional behavior in accordance with company values Performs job duties in a manner that maintains compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations, policies and procedures
Develops manufacturing, assembly and fabrication processes related to electro-optic sighting devices Designs and optimizes visible-wavelength optical systems, such as Holographic sights, Terrestrial telescopes and Head-up displays Designs and develops diffractive optical elements and systems, including gratings, image holograms, and holographic optical elements Applies basic understanding of new technologies and trends in optical imaging technology Applies basic knowledge of weapon optics product knowledge and understanding of the design, development and transition to production requirements in both commercial and military markets Applies basic knowledge of weapons, types, calibers, and accessories on those systems that drive optical performance and interoperability requirements of the optical device systems when integrated to a weapon Applies basic understanding of calculus, linear algebra, geometrical optics, wave equations, Fourier transforms, plane and solid geometry and trigonometry Reads, analyzes and interprets scientific and technical journals; responds to common inquiries or complaints from internal or external customers; effectively presents information to management Solves practical problems and deals with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; interprets a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form All other duties as assigned

Job Qualifications

Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Physics from four-year college or university
  • Between 2-8 years’ experience in a product development environment
  • Experience with opto-mechanical design and assembly, including 3D CAD (Solidworks, Pro/E, Catia, etc.)
  • Competent in at least one optical design software package (e.g. Zemax, CODE V, LightTools) is preferred
  • L3 Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

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Who We Are

L3 is proud to employ more than 7,700 veterans of the U.S. military, helping them use their unique training and skills to meet our customers' needs.

Many of L3's top business leaders are former military personnel who provide critical insight and support for using L3's advanced technology and services to protect our country's freedoms.

Be part of our mission. be L3!

Learn more at https://www.l3t.com/careers/transitioning-military

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