Engineer Opto-Mechanical 3

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has an opening for an Opto-Mechanical/Physics Engineer to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in Azusa, CA.

The successful applicant will be responsible for and oversee design of optical systems, develop and build opto-mechanical hardware, participate in large scale thermal-vacuum chamber design and operation, and lead environmental testing/radiometry in support of optical design integration activities of spaceborne IR subsystems and Payloads. The position requires coordination with multi-discipline engineering functions, manufacturing, mission assurance and suppliers to ensure that the product meets requirements. The applicant must be able to perform trade studies, failure diagnostics, root cause determination, verification of hardware, and support qualification/acceptance testing. The candidate should also be familiar with hardware requirement specifications, component design, producibility constraints, and solid modeling. In addition, experience in vacuum and cryogenic systems, thermal controls, test electronics, motion control, and calibration methodologies is desirable.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field
  • 6 years of opt mechanical packaging design, hardware design, or product development experience
  • Ability to perform dimensional and tolerance analysis
  • Ability to develop CAD model and parts drawings
  • Ability to interface with vendors
  • Familiarity of the tasks to develop a design through Qualification and into Production
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in a STEM field
  • Hands-on experience with optical assembly, alignment, characterization, radiometry, test, and certification.
  • Experience with technical oversight of vendors or subcontractors, especially of opto-mechanical products for military or aerospace applications.
  • Experience with ray trace analysis and other methods to inform optical design characteristics: vignetting, ghosting, EOD, spherical aberration, etc.
  • Exposure to combined-optical-structural-thermal analysis methods
  • Exposure to the use of CodeV, Zemax or other optical modeling software.
  • Active DoD Top Secret Level Security

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.


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