Manufacturing Engineer--Optics

Reference Number: 2613D
Location: Upstate New York

Optical Fabrication Process Development Engineer


  • The focus of this role is developing new optical fabrication capabilities that do not currently exist in the manufacturing plant, but are needed to meet new product design requirements.
  • Process Development Engineers are key members of the product development teams starting with program launch to enable early involvement and concurrent engineering of manufacturing processes.
  • Process development is accomplished in a consistent, standardized manner utilizing a knowledge center of best practices and DF/X methodologies.
  • Engage the plant receivers (process engineering, operations associates, quality, supply chain, etc.) during the development phase through informal and formal design reviews.


  • To champion the use of DF/X tools on product development teams
    • Provide expertise on the implementation and execution of DF/X principles and tools, facilitating their correct use. Identify opportunities to add new or improve existing DF/X tools and develop as appropriate.
    • Consider lowest production costs with design alternatives
    • Attempt to eliminate manufacturing/assembly waste with product design
    • Ensure products are designed for stable processes that are already in use; if current processes do not meet new requirements, develop new processes concurrently during product development.
    • Update and maintain design guidelines.
  • Compile Cost Estimates for quoting, staffing plan, and resource scheduling.
  • Participate in the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and Critical Design Review (CDR) of all new product development.
  • Perform Manufacturing Risk Assessments and manage Risk Reduction activities.
  • Lead the Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) for all manufacturing and process areas.
  • Specify new manufacturing capabilities via development of new techniques, or specifying new equipment, tools, fixtures, test equipment.
  • Develop process flow charts, work instructions, process sheets, checklists, forms, and other required documentation.
  • Responsible for pre-transfer (prototypes & pilots) build quality and delivery commitments.
  • Train first round of manufacturing personnel on new capabilities.
  • Protect intellectual property by documenting key competitive processes.
  • Stay current with the latest manufacturing trends and seek out the appropriate experts when needed.




  • Bachelors degree in a technical field such as Optical, Mechanical or Manufacturing or 5 years of experience and Associates degree technical field.
  • 5+ years of experience in precision optical fabrication 


  • Experience in optical component fabrication and testing
  • High speed generating, centering & polishing
  • Programming of CNC equipment
  • Manual grinding, lapping and polishing
  • MRF and Zeeko deterministic finishing
  • Interferometric component metrology
  • Characterization of surface roughness, profilometery, goniometry


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