R&D Opto-Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA at Volt

Date Posted: 5/13/2020

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    48 weeks
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    Volt Branch
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Job Description

New Opportunity-Optical-Mechanical Engineer-Santa Clara, CA.

  • Job Description

    Volt is seeking an experienced Opto-Mechanical Engineer to join our core R&D team.  The selected candidate will be part of a team which designs new and improves existing opto-mechanical systems. You will have opportunities to research new technology, transform concepts and strategies into structured projects, and make key technical decisions to drive product development and customer success.

    As an experienced Opto-Mechanical Engineer, you will help define, develop, test, and launch solutions for our next generation metrology product family.  You will work alongside engineers and technicians producing systems which include lasers, polarizing optics, fiber optics, precision mechanics, and electronics.  You should have experience developing precision instruments that include optics, lasers, or similar components.  Concurrent with the product development, you will specify manufacturing tools and processes.


    • Define, develop, and prototype new solutions based on system requirements.
    • Take on mechanical engineering responsibility of opto-mechanical systems starting from requirements definition, through design, till release for volume production.
    • Analyze design performance through 3D CAD and finite element analysis (FEA) simulations.
    • Characterize solutions for optical stability, repeatability, and reliability through experiments and structured test plans.
    • Develop manufacturing processes for the assembly and alignment of the products you create.
    • Design tools and fixtures to aid in alignment, fabrication, gluing, and assembly of lasers, interferometers, and optical components.
    • Define, implement, and transfer manufacturing processes to production staff.
    • Measure laser properties and optical performance to ensure product specifications are met.
    • Generate and implement Engineering Change Orders (ECO).
    • Troubleshoot technical opto-mechanical production problems and support product repair activities.
    • Work with other R&D engineers to support and participate in New Product Introduction activities.
    • Maintain knowledge in your primary area of expertise and understanding of technologies and standards required for the development of products.
    • Protect IP through disclosures, patent applications, defensive publications, or similar
  • Requirements:

    Minimum 5 years of experience and a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Optical Engineering, or similar technical field. In depth knowledge of mechanical design principles to create products and tools.

    • Expertise in one or more of the following technical areas: optics, opto-mech, adhesives, vacuum, kinematic design, and precision machining.
    • Self-starter able to think and act independently to translate general objectives into tangible results, with a record of delivering successful designs on schedule.
    • Proficiency in using ME CAD tools for design and FEA for analysis.  (PTC Creo and ANSYS preferred)
    • Excellent communication and ability to work well in team environment with people at all levels.
    • Direct design experience with precision opto-mechanical products such as lasers, interferometers, fiber optics collimators or optical systems. 
    • Familiarity with optical design principles and ray tracing.
    • Experience with semiconductor capital equipment and/or precision motion controls.
    • Knowledge of and significant prior experience in optics and laser systems is highly desirable.
    • MS or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Physics, or similar technical field.
  • Volt is an Equal Opportunity Employer