Engineering Fellow - Optical-Mechanical - Military veterans preferred

Raytheon (


  full-time   employee

United States

The Products and Technology Center in the Electrical Subsystems Directorate is seeking an optical-mechanical design and analysis Engineering Fellow that is responsible for designing new and advanced optical sensors and seeker systems in support of new product development at Missile Systems (MS). The selected candidate will lead teams in defining optical-mechanical design solutions, being responsible for performance and cost and supporting these products through their development, implementation, verification, and maintenance. Additionally, they will be responsible for shaping the optical seeker development strategy for MS, including road maps for Product Lines and new opto-mechanical related technologies. The candidate shall demonstrate expertise in all of the subsystems that are necessary for developing an optical sensor and seeker including experience in how these systems interact with the overall guidance unit. These include but not limited to expertise in structural design/analysis, system survivability in extreme environments, gimbal and mechanism design, bearing design/analysis, gimbal and mechanism dynamics, optical mounting and alignment concepts and system performance modeling.

The selected candidate will be required to effectively interact with engineers across multiple disciplines including systems, electro-optical subsystems, optics, opto-mechanics, detectors, cryogenics, Guidance Navigation and control (GNC), and electro-optical system test and verification. The selected candidate will be expected to effectively present their work in program and Business Unit reviews and to provide expert counseling and mentoring. They will be expected to lead teams and provide technical oversight and task delegation as appropriate. The customers of this position will include internal Missile Systems personnel and programs, as well as external Government(s) personnel and programs. The selected candidate will work with the customer and engineering leadership to define design requirements to validate and to verify that hardware being designed is compliant with requirements.

As a Fellow, it is expected that the candidate work across Product Lines and Business Units as dictated by the critical needs of the Enterprise. Additionally, the Fellow will seek out and establish apprenticeships to enable a teaching culture at Missile Systems. In this position, they must have exhibited a proven track record with national recognition of an electro-optical seeker architecture mindset in developing sensor products and working across a product’s life cycle. The candidate of choice will encompass a history of design innovation validated by patents and technical papers, serving as the expert through integration and qualification of electro-optical seekers, and leading Failure Investigation Teams in resolution to complex production sustainment issues and / or sensor anomalies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead selection of optical-mechanical seeker design solutions for MS electro-optical products with considerations for its role in the system, all phases of engineering and production, and the product life cycle.
  • Lead trade studies on various seeker systems for instance: gimbaled vs fixed post, survivability in extreme environments such as high speed and high G, and structurally induced line of sight and image smear effects.
  • Support electro-optical modeling and simulation activities
  • Lead development of requirements in support of optical-mechanical design, environmental survivability and the requirement flow to components.
  • Drive the development, implementation, verification and maintenance of optical sensor / seeker designs in close collaboration with other disciplines to provide a mature optimized missile product
  • Identify strategic optical engineering development opportunities
  • Propose and lead independent research and development (IRAD) projects for the advancement of optical-mechanical sensor / seeker engineering solutions
  • Ensure balance of risk, performance, and cost.
  • Be accountable to leadership for technical decisions.
  • Participate in major technical review boards, e.g., Failure Review Board
  • Communicate and collaborate with Program Management and Technical Leadership, Engineering Leadership, Manufacturing, Suppliers, and Customers.
  • Guide, apprentice, mentor, and train colleagues within the optical-mechanical design area

Required Skills/Experience:

  • A minimum of 12 years of optical-mechanical design, analysis and manufacturing experience on ultra-violet (0.3 um) through Long-Wave Infrared (14 um) optical systems and their associated mechanical subsystems
  • Demonstrated experience with CREO, ANSYS, or equivalent mechanical design tools
  • Demonstrated expertise in mechanical design, fabrication, material properties and dynamic impacts to the system
  • Demonstrated ability to lead optical-mechanical design teams spanning optics, gimbals, detector/camera systems, thermal and dynamics management, structural analysis, system modeling, requirements derivation, GNC impact, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience leading Optical Sensor / Seeker design trade studies and engineering efforts involving engineers across multiple disciplines as listed above.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead teams
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others to achieve technical and programmatic goals
  • Demonstrated proactive problem solving experience
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a business strategic vision and execute changes
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful technical proposal volumes
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication ability to leadership
  • Existing, or the ability to obtain, a DoD-issued Secret Security Clearance.

Required Education (including Major):

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, or other related engineering field

Desired Skills:

  • MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineering or other related engineering field
  • Expert in Optical Sensor / Seeker System design and implementation.
  • Expert in performance and survivability design and analysis of sensor/seeker hardware in extreme environments.
  • Experience in leadership and or senior engineering roles.
  • Experience within the aerospace industry
  • Active DoD issued Top Secret security clearance
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Raytheon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.