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CACI International Optical Engineer in Los Gatos, California

Optical Engineer

Job Category: Engineering

Time Type: Full time

Minimum Clearance Required to Start: None

Employee Type: Regular

Percentage of Travel Required: None

Type of Travel: Continental US

At SA Photonics, a CACI company, we specialize in the design, development and manufacturing of complex, state-of-the-art free-space optical (FSO) communication systems for military, space, and commercial applications. SA Photonics has a team of highly experienced engineers and scientists, and we are currently seeking an Optical Engineer with the ability to develop complicated Optical Inter-Satellite Communication (OISL) and related systems.

What You’ll Get to Do:

  • Simulate and characterize optical designs and perform tolerance analyses using ZEMAX and/or other tools.

  • Design and analyze optical systems, including developing optical architectures, analyzing system performance, and specifying key optical components.

  • Interface with optical component suppliers and support the quote and order process during prototype development. Provide technical liaison as necessary.

  • Perform design validation via testing (DVT) on opto-mechanical or electro-optical subassemblies and troubleshoot as necessary.

  • Oversee the development of optical component, subassembly, and system inspection and test methodology and support transfer to production personnel.

  • Support integration of complex systems involving optics, fiber optics, electronics, software, firmware, and mechanical sub-assemblies.

  • Support new business proposals with preliminary optical design ideas and performance simulations.

You’ll Bring These Qualifications:

  • BS or MS in Optical Engineering or Physics, with 8+ years of experience in the design and test of optical systems

  • Experience with fiber optics and fiber optic components as they relate to the telecom industry

  • Moderate proficiency with ZEMAX or Code V

  • Experience in tolerance analysis, stray light analysis, environmental analysis

  • Hands-on and laboratory skills in building, testing, validating, and troubleshooting of optical, fiber optic and opto-mechanical subsystems

  • Demonstrated experience leading an optical system design effort from requirements generation to prototype deliverable

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Self-motivated and self-directed individual, with little supervision necessary

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:

  • Familiarity with beam steering and beam control systems

  • Familiarity with free-space optical communication systems

  • Space-based hardware experience

What We Can Offer You:

  • We’ve been named a Best Place to Work by the Washington Post.

  • Our employees value the flexibility at CACI that allows them to balance quality work and their personal lives.

  • We offer competitive benefits and learning and development opportunities.

  • We are mission-oriented and ever vigilant in aligning our solutions with the nation’s highest priorities.

  • For over 55 years, the principles of CACI’s unique, character-based culture have been the driving force behind our success.

Company Overview: At CACI, you will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact by providing information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers. CACI is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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