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Raytheon Technologies Principal Optical Systems Engineer - Space Test Automation in El Segundo, California

In the last few years you might have seen several amazingly beautiful images on social media of the Earth from space in exquisite detail, or perhaps images in the news forecasting the weather and reporting on natural disasters. Maybe you’ve even gazed at these images from deep space wondering when humans will journey to the farthest reaches of the universe. Behind many of these amazing images are the technologies and innovations created by the engineers at Raytheon Intelligence and Space (RIS). Our RIS El Segundo campus is situated in sunny Southern California, a location rich in aerospace history, we have unparalleled heritage in advanced sensing systems for space exploration, national security, and civil space programs.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal Optical Systems Engineer - Space Test Automation to join our Space Systems Special Test Equipment (STE) team at our El Segundo, California campus to further help evolve our technology by creating innovative solutions for complex remote sensing applications across all Space programs and grow our business into new domains and markets.

As the Principal Optical Systems Engineer - Space Test Automation you will be responsible for the design, Supply Chain Management (SCM) / supplier technical exchange, development, assembly / production, Integration & Test (I&T), performance verification and validation of Optical Special Test Equipment (STE) for Space hardware and remote sensing applications.

The ideal candidate for this role is someone who passionate about advances in technology, has an innovative mindset, enjoys proactive interaction and collaboration with multiple engineering teams and functional disciplines

Security Clearance Requirement: Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret or above level U.S. Security Clearance is required; U.S. citizenship is required due to U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance

Required Skills:

  • Strong experience working with optical metrology tools, such as: interferometers, theodolites, and laser trackers (experience validating optical alignment and/or wavefront error with 4D or Zygo interferometers preferred and experience working with Leica laser trackers using Spatial Analyzer software preferred)

  • Extensive experience working in an engineering laboratory transitioning from design to production / manufacturing through integration and test creating assembly procedures, test plans, and requirements verification for Optical Special Test Equipment (STE)

  • Advanced experience working with testing hardware and/or Special Test Equipment (STE) supporting test equipment calibration, calculating measurement uncertainty budgets, and resolving issues with software controlled electrical and mechanical support equipment

  • Experience creating and presenting engineering design, production, integration and test presentations and summary explanations for Sr. Level Stakeholders

    Desired Skills:

  • Optical design modeling software experience, such as Code V, FRED, Zemax, etc.

  • Technical team leadership experience

  • Radiometry and Spectrophotometry experienced preferred

  • Experience with prototyping preferred

  • Understanding of Space environmental (thermal, vibration, and vacuum) test methodology

  • Experience supporting, leading, and/or presenting formal reviews such as Test Readiness Review (TRR), Failure Review Board (FRB), and Consent to Ship Review (CTSR)

  • Proficient in MATLAB, LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, and/or related programming languages

  • Current Top Secret or SSBI Security Clearance highly preferred

    Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or related STEM Degree Program (Bachelor’s Degree in Optical Sciences, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and/or Aerospace Engineering preferred) with 8+ years of relevant experience required - OR

  • Master’s Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, or related STEM Degree Program (Master’s Degree in Optical Sciences, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and/or Aerospace Engineering preferred) with 6+ years of relevant experience required

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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.

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