Engineering Fellow - Optical-Mechanical

RTN 2 (Raytheon IDMS)
Tucson, AZ 85701

The Electro-Optics Department at Raytheon Missiles & Defense 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. 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, 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 RMD 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 RMD. 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 products 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 RMD 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 Education, Skills, and Experience:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, or other related engineering field
  • 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
  • Experience with CREO, ANSYS, or equivalent mechanical design tools
  • Experience in mechanical design, fabrication, material properties and dynamic impacts to the system
  • Current or previous work history leading optical-mechanical design teams including but not limited to optics, gimbals, detector/camera systems, thermal and dynamics management, structural analysis, system modeling, requirements derivation, GNC impact, etc.
  • Experience leading Optical Sensor / Seeker design trade studies and engineering efforts involving engineers across multiple disciplines as listed above.
  • US Citizenship is required

U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance as of day one of employment.


Desired Skills:
  • MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineering or other related engineering field
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful technical proposal volumes
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a business strategic vision and execute changes
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead teams
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others to achieve technical and programmatic goals
  • Demonstrated proactive problem solving experience
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication ability to leadership
  • Experience within the aerospace industry
  • Active DoD issued Top Secret security clearance


This position requires the ability to obtain and hold a DoD secret security clearance.
This position requires the successful issuance, transfer or maintenance of any clearances and/or accesses necessary for the position. Non-US citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance. The Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO), an agency of the Department of Defense, handles and adjudicates the security clearance process. Security clearance factors include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the US, foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and drug involvement. Additional detail regarding security clearance factors can be obtained by accessing the DISCO website at:
http://www.dss.mil/psmo-i/indus_psmo-i_interim.html

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