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Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer


San Diego, CA, US, 92127

Daylight Solutions business provides industry-changing mid-infrared laser light technology for government and commercial markets, including: defense and security; life sciences; and industrial process control. As a mid-IR technology pioneer, Daylight Solutions has delivered more mid-IR systems to more applications world-wide than any other company.


Headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo S.p.A. which employs more than 70,000 people worldwide. We offer a competitive compensation package and a business culture, which rewards performance. For additional information on DRS, please visit our website at


DRS Daylight Solutions is a subsidiary of Leonardo DRS. Our mission at DRS Daylight Solutions is to be a leader in developing molecular detection, imaging and illumination systems for use in scientific research, life sciences, industrial process control, and defense applications. Mixed Generation Infrared Countermeasure Laser Systems. Multi-Spectral Beacons for Combat Identification. Sensors for Real-Time Liquid & Gas Phase Analysis. Mid Infrared Chemical Imaging.

Job Summary

The Senior Opto-Mechanical engineer at DRS Daylight Solutions will be part of an engineering team developing novel laser components and transitioning them into products.  Incumbent will perform analysis, modeling, design, prototyping and testing of laser diode based lasers and systems.  This person will be responsible for requirement flow-down, optical design, mechanical design, interface with critical component suppliers, planning and execution of integration and test.  The Sr. Opto-Mechanical engineer will develop optical alignment processes for automation.  They should have a strong understanding of robust opto-mechanical design practices including precision mechanism, kinematics, lasers, and thermal control.  Working with a multi-disciplinary design team, they will execute on optical and mechanical modeling, prototyping, calculations, FEA, and testing.  Additionally, this person will be solving complex problems requiring deep understanding of material science and laser technology and excellent problem-solving skills across the company and contribute to IP, publications, and business development. 

Job Responsibilities

•    Uses Engineering tools such as CAD (Solidworks), Optical Modeling (Zemax) and FEA (ANSYS) to create opto-mechanical designs
•    Serve as the laser and optical lead for the laser systems ranging from early concepts to product prototypes to initial production units
•    Perform engineering analysis using commercially available FEA software or MATLAB (e.g., tolerance stack, optical, structural, heat transfer, vibrations, fluids)
•    Use Zemax to design and tolerance complex laser and optical systems
•    Use Zemax to design and tolerance imaging systems
•    Hands-on skill in optical instrumentation and metrology
•    Design, build and align laser based optical bench setups
•    Assist in rapid prototyping/modifying hardware.  (Exposure to hand tools, band saw, vertical mill, and/or lathe)
•    Learn and maintain Daylight drafting standards when creating drawings and assembly procedures
•    Ensure accuracy and completeness of all drawings, engineering records, analyses, and tasks of assigned projects
•    Responsible for completion of assigned tasks on time and meeting technical requirements
•    Supports programmatic design to cost and design for manufacturability requirements
•    Develops prototypes to retire key development risks as directed
•    Interact effectively and efficiently as part of a multi-member, multi-function team, as well as with customers and suppliers, write reports and contribute peer reviewed publications and invention disclosures
•    Supports, communicates, reinforces, and defends the mission, values, and culture of the organization 

Job Responsibilities Part II

Our ideal candidate is:
•    Proficient to expert level knowledge of Zemax Optic Studio ray tracing design software, minimum of 3 years’ experience.  Working knowledge of both sequential and non-sequential simulations.  Laser optical system design experience preferred.  Experience using merit functions, configurations, tolerance scrips, macros, DLLs, and ZOS-API.
•    Proficient in Solidworks with at least 3 years of experience creating designs
•    Proficient at aligning and integrating complex optical table setups
•    Proficient at Matlab or Python or C++
•    Has Laser packaging experience 
•    Experience with multimode, single mode and polarization maintaining fiber
•    Proficient ANSYS, Abaqus, or other commercially available FEA software for structural and thermal analysis
•    Precision machine design and assembly
•    Experience using MS Office Products


•    Bachelor’s Degree in Optical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related technical field with a minimum of 5 years of experience; 5 years in an optical/laser related industry and Masters, is preferred.
•    Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance

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. #LI-SF1

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. 

For additional information on  Leonardo DRS, please visit our website at

Nearest Major Market: San Diego