Senior Optics Engineer - Military veterans preferred

General Dynamics Mission Systems (


  full-time   employee

Florham Park
New Jersey
United States

Basic Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience.
Candidates must be able to obtain a TS/SCI with Polygraph security clearance. Department of Defense Top Secret security clearance with a Polygraph is preferred at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.
Responsibilities for this Position
General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Senior Optics Engineer. This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems. General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.
Designs, develops, builds and tests systems and products based on optic, photonic and laser technologies
Interacts with device, hardware and software design teams to assist in overall development of optical systems; specifying, selecting and qualifying active and passive optical components, developing and benchmarking system performance models, developing and implementing test procedures and/or evaluating and selecting appropriate test instrumentation
May provide recommendations for cost reduction efforts
Participates in electrical and optical requirements analysis, requirements definition, requirements management, functional analysis, performance analysis (e.g. optical loss, timing, power, etc.), design, integration, and verification of electrical components, equipment and systems
Applies principles and techniques of Electrical and Optical Engineering
Performs root cause analysis for electrical and optical issues, conducts experimental tests, evaluates results to formulate and implement solutions to issues
Participates in design reviews of electrical and optical components, equipment and systems
Evaluates vendor capability to support product development
Applies a good understanding of the organizationally defined optical processes used throughout the lifecycle of the program or project
Supports the generation of engineering products by using the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the electrical development life cycle
Contributes to the research and analysis of data, such as customer design proposal specifications, and manuals to determine feasibility of design or application
Selects components and equipment based on analysis of specifications and reliability
Plans sub tasks for activities described above
Generally works with interdisciplinary teams and multiple work groups
Generally has contact with project leaders and Program Managers
May have some contact with external customers
May be a book boss on a proposal
Establishes the overall electrical technical approach on large technical proposals
May participate in multi-divisional or multi-company Integrated Product Team or working group
May supervise lower level employees
Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignments
Works on advanced applications that may result in new business for the company
Frequent contact with all levels across the entire company
Serves as consultant to management and customers on projects and applications
May serve as company technical spokesperson
Works on unusually complex problems and provides creative and innovative solutions
May function in a project leadership role
Demonstrated use of optical and electrical engineering concepts, principles, and theories
Demonstrated knowledge with telecommunication applications
Frequently contributes to the development of innovative principles and ideas
Demonstrated understanding of optical engineering processes
Keeps abreast of technology trends
Aware of business objective and Engineering role in achieving
Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
Demonstrated knowledge of electrical engineering design tools
Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills
Ability to think creatively
Ability to multi-task
Highly skilled in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
Demonstrated ability to recognize and clearly report information relevant to sound electro-optical engineering design
Demonstrated ability to understand and apply project leadership principles including SPI/CPI, Earned Value, Cost Account Management (CAM), and Statistical Process Controls
Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment, and frequently leads teams
Company Overview
General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!
General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran