• Optical Prototype Assembly Technician

    Job Location USA-NJ-Florham Park
    Posted Date 1 month ago(3/21/2019 5:23 PM)
    Job ID
    Required Clearance
    TS/SCI with Polygraph, obtainable within reasonable time based on requirements
    Technicians/Technical Support
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    Associate's degree is required or equivalent, plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.

    • Experience with technical equipment and hands on lab work
    • Familiarity with electrical and optical components
    • Prior experience with microfabrication preferred
    • Prior experience with fiber optics preferred
    • Experience with instrument I/O and computer interfacing preferred (LabView, etc)

    Candidates must be able to obtain a TS/SCI with Polygraph security clearance within a reasonable amount of time after hire, with acceptable timing determined by manager. A 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 a Optical Prototype Assembly Technician. 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.



    • Performs research and engineering laboratory functions involving the layout, building, testing, troubleshooting, repairing and modification of optical, electronic or electro-optical devices, assemblies, subsystems, and systems
    • Assists with assembly, process troubleshooting, and evaluation of prototype electro-optic devices currently under development. Will be trained in using specialized tools for building and testing devices
    • Interface with microfabrication equipment to build microphotonic or microelectronic devices including lithography, thin film deposition, etching processes and microscopy
    • Interface with electrical and optical processing equipment including polishing, fiber splicing, soldering
    • Interface with small mechanical parts requiring sensitive alignment and tight mechanical tolerances
    • Assemble/modify small precision components requiring the use of a variable zoom microscope
    • Interface with electrical and optical test equipment including oscilloscopes, multi-meters, optical sources detectors, and various types of high-end metrology equipment
    • Make suggestions in process improvements, assist with finding and ordering parts and equipment
    • Tests and inspects optical components using a variety of metrology, test, and inspection equipment
    • Interprets complex engineering drawings, diagrams and schematics, and understand the necessary interfaces
    • Performs and oversees complex system level troubleshooting to component level
    • Provides key field feedback in development of revised product and programs
    • After appropriate training, the successful applicant will be expected to work with little day to day supervision to accomplish assigned task

    This position requires a low level of specialization but requires the ability and eagerness to learn and implement new skills. Work may involve travel to other GD locations or partner facilities in or out of state.

    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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