Opto-Mechanical Engineering Technician

    • Job Tracking ID: 512256-599744
    • Job Location: West Henrietta, NY
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: November 30, 2017
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


Opto-Mechanical Engineering Technician



Reports to

Prototype Engineering Manager


Job Summary:

Provide Opto-Mechanical prototyping and testing support to engineering team on commercial and defense related products. Build and test optical assemblies and systems for customers and in-house needs. Document processes and test results that serve as a basis for further development and transition to manufacturing. Contribute to maintenance of a professional optical engineering support lab for RPO.



  • Implements engineers' assembly and testing plans and interacts freely with engineers to fulfill company commitments.
  • Works with engineers to accomplish company goals - assembling needed setups, performing measurements and developing new ways and means, where necessary.
  • Provides accurate, organized & timely technical data and feedback to engineers and/or customers, as required.
  • Maintains orderly records of procedures & results for future reference (such as: design feedback, process documentation, customer reference, production training, etc.)
  • Maintains and improves capabilities of the lab including methods and equipment for assembly, alignment and testing across RPO’s full range of optical products and services.
  • Responsibilities include engineering work (i.e. developing optical systems) as well as operational and administrative work (i.e. ordering supplies & maintaining equipment)
  • Requires minimal supervision, works independently on 'background' projects when there are no other urgent tasks on the schedule.

Requirements and Competencies:

  • Manual dexterity to handle optical components without damage or contamination.
  • Observational sensitivity to deal with the subtle issues that come up in building, aligning and troubleshooting optical systems.
  • Care in handling, cleaning & assembling optics - from large (several inches diameter) to small (a few mm diameter).
  • Disciplines of data capture, organization, analysis, including basic numerical modeling in Microsoft Excel.
  • Openness to keep in touch with colleagues on progress & problems, and to work in a collaborative manner that builds team confidence in your ability to support development projects with professional assembly, alignment & testing.
  • Familiarity with basic concepts of geometrical and physical optics and optical measurement and testing: Dispersion; Focal length; Conjugates; Magnification; Seidel Aberrations; OPD; Interference Fringes; Diffraction effects.
  • Ability to maintain orderliness in an active shared lab space: Returning tools & equipment to proper places when not in active use and restocking supplies before they run completely out.
  • Ability to think through work and plan ahead, so as to minimize do-overs and scrap, and to identify needed items before they reach the critical path.
  • Ability to keep more than one project moving at a time
  • Ability (and patience) to set up and align lens and mirror systems that control laser beams & imaging light paths, applying appropriate level of precision for the job at hand.
  • Orderly problem-solving process, such as Kepner-Tregoe "Rational Problem Analysis"
  • Familiarity with basics of interferometry for measuring lens wavefronts and surface irregularity - primarily using a Zygo GPI interferometer.
  • Familiarity with cameras and basic image capture software, and with detectors in general: Applying basic concepts of light measurement, such as power, intensity, solid angle, reflectivity, scatter, noise.
  • Mechanical skills such as dimensional measurement to confirm that parts are in tolerance, and minor machining (drill press, end mill, etc.) to make / modify parts & fixtures.
  • Familiarity with mechanical CAD solid modeling software (such as SolidWorks) to create models and drawings of components and assemblies.
  • Familiarity with electronic components, wiring and test equipment.
  • Technical writing - ability to document and communicate procedures and results using Microsoft Word & PowerPoint.
  • Ability to do basic ray tracing, lens evaluation and tolerance sensitivity analysis using Zemax software (with design files generally supplied by the project engineer).

Additional Requirements:

  • 3-5 years of experience in at least one of the following areas: optical assembly and/or optical testing; electro-optical systems assembly and/or testing; precision assembly, testing or metrology.
  • Excellent communication skills for presenting results to engineering group and non-technical management team.
  • Knowledge of good manufacturing practices, ISO-9001, opto-mechanical principles.
  • A self-starter, capable of working with little direction or supervision and have the ability to follow procedures and recognize problems.
  • The ability to contribute as an individual and as a team member.
  • Prior experience with optical and mechanical manufacturing process.

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents in English. Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints and to communicate respectfully with others. Ability to write clearly in English. Ability to make effective presentations.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts and to organize data and test results in MSExcel and create graphs and diagrams for presentation in MS PowerPoint.

Educational Requirements:

  • BS preferred, in the field of Optical, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering with 3-5 years minimum experience in optical-related industry.


Work Requirements:


Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand: use hands to fingers, handle or feel: and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch: and talk and hear.
  • The job may involve prolong periods of sitting/standing.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. May involve prolonged periods of magnified inspection (eye strain)
  • Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp.
  • The employee is frequently required to use the computer.

Work Environment:

  • May involve the use of oils and solvents.
  • Subject to some soilage and irritation from cleaning solutions. (Lab Coats provided)
  • Generally works in a clean environment and works to maintain the environment as such.
  • Safety Glasses are required
  • May require area specific safety training
  • This position works in a manufacturing environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
  • The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne paper particles.
  • May work at different workstations as production needs require, or shifts from one station to another, during the production process.


This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.


Rochester Precision Optics is committed to leveraging the talent of a diverse workforce to create great opportunities for our business and our people.


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.





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