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Optical Engineer II


Dallas, TX, US, 75243

Job ID: 104208 


The Electro Optical Infrared Systems (EOIS) line of business within DRS has locations in Dallas, TX, Melbourne, FL, and Cypress, CA.  EOIS develops, manufactures, and supports infrared and electro-optical solutions for soldiers, ground vehicles and airborne platforms.  We offer an exciting and challenging work environment, a competitive salary and benefits package, and a business culture that rewards performance. 


 Employing the world’s brightest. Supporting the world’s bravest.

Location: Dallas

Position Summary

Join the Leonardo DRS EOIS culture of creativity, teamwork, responsiveness, and commitment to excellence.  The Electro-Optics and Infrared Systems group provides customers with the ideal combination of performance, innovation, and value for a variety of applications.  Become a key member of an integrated product team developing leading-edge, cryogenically-cooled infrared sensors and related military products.  Develop technical solutions to a wide range of complex problems related to the entire product life cycle of sensor assemblies, including: proposal, concept generation, design, manufacture, integration and test.  Research and explore scientific developments in thermal, structural, and vacuum technology, as well as materials and electronics in a collaborative, supportive environment to create innovative results.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

•    Independent optical engineering contributor in an inter-disciplinary program team.
•    Conduct engineering analyses, design and evaluation of optical systems.
•    Validates designs through design verification testing and analysis
•    Performs measurements and testing of optical subsystems and components.
•    Interfaces and support production to develop and implement designs that improve manufacturability and testing
•    Provide technical solutions to various optics related problems.
•    Provide thorough documentation of work performed.
•    Develop plans and procedures for fabrication of components, and for assembly, test and integration of optical systems.
•    Support customer reviews and telecons.
•    Serve as technical interface to optical component suppliers.  Assist with the procurement and validation of state-of-the-art optical components.
•    Works with Mechanical Engineers and CAD Designers for prototype and pilot detailed design.
•    Provides support to products throughout their lifecycle from manufacturing to customer use by recommending engineering solutions to issues.
•    Supports project management by preparing and presenting project status data.
•    Writes simple sections of proposals to support development of new business. 
•    Works under general supervision.
•    Defines and conducts simple tests to validate performance of designs to requirements.
•    Knowledge of optical tolerancing and requirements
•    Participating in and presenting at design reviews.
•    You will also be working in a cross disciplinary environment with engineers and technicians from other engineering fields

Basic Qualifications and Required Skills

in Optical Engineering or Physics with 2+ years of experience in precision optics and advanced optical systems for defense applications OR a Graduate Degree with 0-2 years of experience.
•    Experience in optical design & analysis tools such as Code V, Zemax, FRED or equivalent.
•    Experience with interferometers, test & alignment equipment, and metrology methods is required.
•    Laboratory experience with components such as lenses, beam splitters, steering mirrors, sensors (visible through LWIR), position sensing devices, and lasers.

Required Competencies

•    Proficient in Code V (desired) and/or Zemax, FRED or equivalent.
•    Microsoft Office Suite of tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
•    Working knowledge and understanding of drafting principles per ASME Y14.100
•    Candidate is required to attain secret level clearance

Additional/Desired Skills

•    Experience in Aerospace / Defense applications
•    Experience with infrared imaging sensors, detectors, or focal plane arrays
•    Experience with Electro-Optical counter-countermeasures (EOCCM) design and test
•    Excellent oral, written and presentation skills for interfacing with senior management and customers as well as mentoring of younger engineers.
•    Analytical skills including failure and root cause investigation
•    Direct experience in developing detailed mechanical designs and documentation packages for infrared mechanical systems
•    Excellent interpersonal, presentation skills, energetic, and self-starter 
•    Outstanding communication skills - both written and verbal 
•    Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and able to react to shifting priorities to meet business need 
•    Knowledge of laser and other optical metrology systems is helpful, including interferometry, focus variation, and confocal systems and development
•    Active DoD issued security clearance

Work Conditions

•    Sitting for extended periods of time
•    Walking, bending, kneeling
•    Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. and carry up to 10 lbs.
•    Must be able to simultaneously manage several objectives and reassign priorities
•    Must be able to tolerate changing priorities, and complete assignments despite interruptions
•    Travel up to 10% of time

COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families, and communities. With employee health and safety as our top priority, Leonardo DRS is taking action to address the risk and uncertainty COVID variants pose in the workplace.  We require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated, unless a medical or religious accommodation is formally approved by Leonardo DRS prior to commencing employment.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #EOIS

Our Mission

To build shareholder value through a commitment to high ethical standards and a superior performance culture focused on customers, employees, financial results and corporate citizenship.

Our Vision

To be the leading mid-tier defense technology company in the U.S.

Our Values

Our employees appreciate a culture of open honest communications, and fair and equitable treatment. We accomplish this through:

INTEGRITY. At Leonardo DRS ethics and accountability always comes first.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE. We set high standards of performance for ourselves and others. We consistently deliver excellent products and services. We adhere to quality levels demanded by our customers. We assume responsibility and accountability to achieve excellence. We settle for nothing less.

CUSTOMER FOCUS. We go above and beyond to meet customer needs, and work to create long-term relationships with our customers.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION. We accept unconditionally the value that every individual has to offer. We embrace different points of view. We continually foster an environment that enables all employees to contribute to their full potential. We cooperate together as a diverse workforce serving a diverse population.

INNOVATION.  At Leonardo DRS, innovation is in our DNA. We have built this company through the innovative ideas of our employees and continue to foster an environment that rewards new ideas to help our government and military customers save lives, solve critical problems and modernize to ensure mission success for years to come.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. is committed 
to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.  We are committed to building a workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. At Leonardo DRS, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment makes us a stronger Company. We embrace different points of view, respect one another in the workplace, and understand that an inclusive environment furthers creativity, innovation, and business performance. 

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Nearest Major Market: Dallas
Nearest Secondary Market: Fort Worth