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Principal Laser Engineer

Thales Defense & Security Inc.

Totowa, New Jersey
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Part Time
1st Shift
  • Design/Development Engineering
  • Lasers and Electro-Optics
  • Software Engineering
  • Circuits and Systems
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Job Details

Thales Defense & Security, Inc. (TDSI) seeks an experienced Optronics Laser Engineer (OLE) to support our Sensors & Missile Systems business. The OLE should be a well-rounded team member who is able to work directly with customers with minimal supervision.  The OLE must also be able to work on a range of duties throughout the customer life cycle, i.e., design, integration, system test/verification, system troubleshooting, and performance evaluation.


The SMS business is primarily located in Totowa, NJ. However, the position may also be located in one of our other offices in Clarksburg, MD, Orlando, FL, Aurora, IL, or Billerica, MA.



  • Design and integrate new and replacement Optronics packages that include lasers as components
  • Organize all aspects of Optronics demonstrations, trials, and tests
  • Provide operational support to fielded systems
  • Liaise with integrators, suppliers, and customers by proposing packaged optronic solutions that drives or meets requirements
  • Support sensor sustainment operations with operational customers
  • Integration and testing of laser systems, including optical/laser alignment, fault diagnosis; monitoring and analysis
  • Final optical assembly of advanced laser systems
  • Optical alignment and test of advanced laser systems
  • Laser characterization using different optical techniques
  • Laser calibration using specific tools
  • Participate in preparation of laser documentation and customer training
  • Perform as an integral member of the SMS team interacting on a regular basis with inter/intra-company disciplines including engineering, contracts, programs management, manufacturing and customer service
  • Provide technical support and expertise on proposals and bid efforts
  • Extensive domestic and international travel to support the SMS business
  • By example, set the standards that embody the TDSI Core Value and Thales Leadership Model
  • Maintain a high ethical standard of practice, including compliance with all company procedures.



  • US Citizenship required. Secret Clearance preferred or minimum ability to obtain such required.  
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent technology field.
  • The successful candidate will have at least 10 years military operational experience using electro-optical imaging systems in both mounted and dismounted operations.
  • Experience with laser integration into Optronics packages
  • Experience in working with / or established relationships with PM/ PEO customer and Army labs. Specific to vehicle platforms a plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills and work ethic.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and interact with employees in all departments and functions.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft products and sales tracking systems.
  • Extensive travel (domestic and international) required.
  • Laser integration, particularly in support of Optronics packaging.



Thales Defense & Security, Inc. participates in the United States Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify program.


Thales Defense & Security, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity /Minorities/ Females/ Vet/ Disabled Affirmative Action employer.


We welcome and encourage diversity in our workforce.

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