Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer, GREENBELT, MD


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Greenbelt, Maryland

Full time

Posted 6 Days Ago



Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer

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KBR is seeking a Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer to support the MIST Contract with NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center.  This role will provide system level analysis support for optical instrument and experiment design, calibration, and verification.   Perform optical design and analysis of optical and electro-optical elements, subsystems, and systems that comprise an optical instrument.


Develop assembly and test procedures and support all levels of optical subsystem integration and tests
Support trade studies and recommend system architecture and design approach
Lead the development of design concepts for optic handling equipment and support development of test support equipment
Conduct analysis and evaluation of a design concept to produce realistic assessment of development and manufacturing risks. Develop strategies for mitigating risks
Work with other engineers, technicians, manufacturing, and quality engineers in a team environment
Prepare and deliver technical presentations and support project level reviews
Write test procedures, plans & reports as necessary

Required Education, Experience, & Skills:

BS degree in Optical or Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent experience
10 + years of experience as an opto-Mechanical engineer
Proven ability to work with and develop optical systems and opto-mechanical hardware
CAD software (CREO/Windchill, Solid Works, and NX) providing innovative and practical mechanical solutions in support of optical system development
Ability to work all phases of optical subsystems from the conceptual design layout, package prototyping, fixture/​tooling design, development of mechanical attachment methods/​tools for optimal optical alignment
Laboratory experience with an acquired working knowledge of interferometers, spectrometers, vacuum systems, cryogenics, detectors, and radiation sources, along with expertise in miscellaneous alignment techniques, using Theodolites, alignment telescopes, angle-measuring interferometers and other
Comfortable working in a cross disciplinary environment to develop and implement new designs, or help trouble-shoot existing ones
Strong knowledge of geometrical tolerancing and dimensioning
Able to perform system trade studies, system optimization, tolerance, and performance analysis
Knowledge of optics fabrication and testing methods
Strong knowledge in opto-mechanical design  

Preferred Experience & Skills:
Development and qualification of Flight Optical Systems

Solid understanding of the NASA flight hardware development process and methodology

Knowledge of the following:  optical coating design, process and inspection and optical components cleaning methods laser trackers, theodolites, or photogrammetry for making precision alignments, detectors, detector systems, fiber optics and the design and development of laser systems

KBR Benefits​

KBR offers a selection of competitive lifestyle benefits which could include 401K plan with company match, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, AD&D, flexible spending account, disability, paid time off, or flexible work schedule.  We support career advancement through professional training and development.​

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At KBR, we are passionate about our people, sustainability, and our Zero Harm culture.  These inform all that we do and are at the heart of our commitment to, and ongoing journey toward being a more inclusive and diverse company.  That commitment is central to our team of team’s philosophy and fosters an environment of real collaboration across cultures and locations.  Our individual differences and perspectives bring enhanced value to our teams and help us develop solutions for the most challenging problems.  We understand that by embracing those differences and working together, we are more innovative, more resilient, and safer.  We Deliver – Together. ​

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KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

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