• Optics Engineer

    Job Location USA-NJ-Florham Park
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(12/31/2018 11:04 AM)
    Job ID
    Required Clearance
    TS/SCI, obtainable with Polygraph within 24 months
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.


    Candidates must be able to obtain a TS/SCI with Polygraph security clearance. Department of Defense Top Secret security clearance with a Polygraph is preferred at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

    Responsibilities for this Position

    General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for an Optics Engineer. This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems.  General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.



    • Designs, develops, builds and tests systems and products based on optic, photonic and laser technologies
    • Interacts with device, hardware and software design teams to assist in overall development of optical systems; specifying, selecting and qualifying active and passive optical components, developing and benchmarking system performance models, developing and implementing test procedures and/or evaluating and selecting appropriate test instrumentation
    • May provide recommendations for cost reduction efforts
    • Participates in electrical and optical requirements analysis, requirements definition, requirements management, functional analysis, performance analysis (e.g. optical loss, timing, power, etc.), design, integration, and verification of electrical components, equipment and systems 
    • Applies principles and techniques of Electrical and Optical Engineering
    • Performs root cause analysis for electrical and optical issues, conducts experimental tests, evaluates results to formulate and implement solutions to issues
    • Participates in design reviews of electrical and optical components, equipment and systems
    • Evaluates vendor capability to support product development
    • Applies a good understanding of the organizationally defined optical processes used throughout the lifecycle of the program or project
    • Supports the generation of engineering products by using the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the electrical development life cycle
    • Contributes to the research and analysis of data, such as customer design proposal specifications, and manuals to determine feasibility of design or application
    • Selects components and equipment based on analysis of specifications and reliability 
    • Plans sub tasks for activities described above
    • Generally works with interdisciplinary teams and multiple work groups
    • Generally has contact with project leaders and Program Managers
    • May have some contact with external customers


    • Considerable use of optical and electrical engineering concepts, principles, and theories
    • Considerable knowledge of telecommunication applications
    • Considerable knowledge of optical engineering processes
    • Keeps abreast of technology trends
    • Aware of business objective and Engineering role in achieving
    • Considerable knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
    • Considerable knowledge of electrical engineering design tools
    • Considerable written and verbal communications skills
    • Ability to think creatively
    • Ability to multi-task
    • Skilled in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
    • Understands and begins to apply basic project management principles including IMS, earned value, and score cards
    • Considerable ability to recognize and clearly report information relevant to sound electrical engineering design
    • Considerable ability to work well in a team environment
    • Travel may be required

    Company Overview

    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation.  With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose.  You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.  If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


    General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  EOE/Disability/Veteran


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