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L3 Technologies Optics Engineer II in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Optics Engineer II


The Company

L3 Technologies is a prime contractor in Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C 3 ISR) systems market and a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on both military and commercial platforms. Our customers include the U.S. Department of Defense and its prime contractors, U.S. Government intelligence agencies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, allied foreign governments, domestic and foreign commercial customers and select other U.S. federal, state and local government agencies.

Organized into 3 segments – Electronic Systems, Communications Systems and Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems – L3 Technologies employs over 31,000 people worldwide with reported 2017 sales of $9.5 billion.

About L3 ISR Segment

L3’s ISR Systems Segment brings together a broad collection of some 30 unique L3 divisions across 10 business areas to offer a diverse portfolio of innovative sensor and intelligence technologies across the maritime, land, airborne, space, cyber and warfighter domains. Comprised of 15,000 employees in 5 countries including in 16 states in 40 locations, we are a global partner of choice delivering innovative capabilities to gather, share and protect intelligence for a more secure world.


The Optical Engineer II will innovate, design, develop and troubleshoot complex optical systems for sporting and targeting optics.


  • Applies both geometrical and physical optics principles to design optical components and optical systems

  • Designs, constructs, and executes experiments on optical/photonic concepts and devices for internal and external research and development

  • Assembles, aligns, troubleshoots, and constructs complex optical systems

  • Designs, develops, constructs and tests prototype products and components

  • Transitions prototype products and components to reliable, high-quality and manufacturable products and components

  • Works withengineers and technical staff to ensure detailed opto-mechanical designs meet product specifications and customer requirements

  • Provides manufacturing support to ensure products are built in accordance with product specifications and customer requirements

  • Defines specifications, sourcing and fabrication of optical components (lenses, prisms, mirrors, etc.)

  • Writes technical reports, prepares and presents technical information

  • Analyzes designs, performs trade studies, modeling, simulation, optimization, and other forms of analysis to predict component interactions and system performance around established requirements

  • Validates both optical components and optical systems at different development stages

  • Troubleshoots and resolves optical system performance issues

  • Performsroot-cause analysis and other problem solving activities to identify effective corrective actions and process improvements

  • Develops and devises methods and tools to ensure quality and reliability of finished products

  • Reviews and analyzes internal and external patent materials for novelty, usefulness, value, etc.

  • Drives customer orientation as a business philosophy to ensure the customer’s wants and needs are the priority of all management and employees

  • Cultivates a culture that assures effective cross functional team work

  • Demonstrates ethical and professional behavior in accordance with company values

  • Performs job duties in a manner that maintains compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations, policies and procedures


  • Develops manufacturing, assembly and fabrication processes related to electro-optic sighting devices

  • Designs and optimizes visible-wavelength optical systems, such as Holographic sights, Terrestrial telescopes and Head-up displays

  • Designs and develops diffractive optical elements and systems, including gratings, image holograms, and holographic optical elements

  • Applies basic understanding of new technologies and trends in optical imaging technology

  • Applies basic knowledge of weapon optics product knowledge and understanding of the design, development and transition to production requirements in both commercial and military markets

  • Applies basic knowledge of weapons, types, calibers, and accessories on those systems that drive optical performance and interoperability requirements of the optical device systems when integrated to a weapon

  • Applies basic understanding of calculus, linear algebra, geometrical optics, wave equations, Fourier transforms, plane and solid geometry and trigonometry

  • Reads, analyzes and interprets scientific and technical journals; responds to common inquiries or complaints from internal or external customers; effectively presents information to management

  • Solves practical problems and deals with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; interprets a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form

  • All other duties as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Physics from four-year college or university

  • 0-2 years’ experience in a product development environment

  • Experience with opto-mechanical design and assembly, including 3D CAD (Solidworks, Pro/E, Catia, etc.)

  • Competent in at least one optical design software package (e.g. Zemax, CODE V, LightTools) is preferred

Job Engineering

Primary Location USA-Michigan-Ann Arbor

US Security Clearance Required: None

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day - 1st

Travel: No

Organization: Division - EOTech-20000045

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Job Posting: Apr 17, 2019, 10:11:54 AM

Req ID: 107121