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Sr. Principal Opto-Mechanical Engineer

Merrimack, NH, USA | BAE Systems

  • Industry:
    Airlines/Aviation/Aerospace
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Engineering
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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You don’t see it, but it’s there. Our employees work on the world’s most advanced electronics – from saving emissions in the City of Lights to powering the Mars Rover to protecting the F-35 fighter jet. At Electronic Systems, you’ll be among the brightest minds, working on the aerospace and defense industry’s most difficult problems. Drawing strength from our differences, we’re innovating for the future. And you can, too.


Our flexible work environment provides you a chance to change the world without giving up your personal life. We put our customers first – exemplified by our missions: “We Protect Those Who Protect Us®” and “We Innovate For Those Who Move The WorldTM.” Sound like a team you want to be a part of? Come build your career with us.


In Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions, you’ll help develop systems that sense, control, exploit and disseminate actionable information to warfighters supporting a variety of missions.


BAE Systems is seeking a Senior Level Opto-mechanical Engineer to work in our Merrimak, NH location.


At BAE Systems, we deliver a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. If you are an individual that enjoys a cohesive team environment and is interested in a variety of challenges across a variety of products, then we are interested in hearing from you!


The role requires a fundamental understanding of both optical and mechanical principles. This individual will provide support/leadership to the design, development, integration/test, and production of dynamic opto-mechanical military systems at the senior level. The engineer will work closely with hardware integrated into a variety of complex EO-IR technology products including imaging systems, lasers, receivers, sensors, and mechanisms. The individual must be a self-starter and is desired to have some hands experience working with optical and mechanical hardware and/or test equipment.


The selected candidate will be expected to execute in small to large, yet diverse, team environments through all phases of the product life cycle. This includes concept development, detail design, qualification, manufacturing transition, and production support. The engineer will be responsible for supporting the development of innovative and robust hardware solutions to meet demanding customer requirements, and will leverage their mechanical engineering expertise to perform detailed design and analyses. Day to day, activities may include working with 3D solid models, drawings, and documentation utilizing GD&T principles; performing analyses to assure fit & function; performing basic thermal, structural/stress, and vibration analyses; assessing designs against environmental requirements; as well as conducting test and verification efforts.


Required Education, Experience, & Skills


Required Education: Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering OR Optical Engineering or equivalent degree with 8+ years of professional experience.


Understanding of laser, IR, and other detection and imaging technologies


Skilled in mechanical design, analysis, and documentation principles


Familiar optical design, analysis, and documentation principles


Skilled in opto-mechanical manufacturing and test methodologies


Skilled in state-of-the-art mechanical engineering development tools


Experience working in a team environment with strong written and verbal communication skills


Motivated self-starter and problem solver with ability and desire to work in diverse multi-disciplinary teams


Experience in engineering development processes


Eligible to obtain a DOD Security Clearance


Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills


• Experience designing, building and testing optical gimbal-like systems


o Experience with bearings, friction, lubricants, CTE matching


o Requirements related to bearing/motor selection and optical stability and pointing


• Exposure to autocollimator testing and optical table setups to support them


• Experience designing/building/testing optical bond joints


o Edge, face, flexure bonds


o Zero stress design


• Experience interfacing design to various optical alignment techniques


o Planning optical alignment a plus


• FEA experience a plus


• STOP analysis experience a plus


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