Sr. Optical Design Engineer Job in United States for Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting |

Sr. Optical Design Engineer

January 22 2021
Industries Vehicles (parts, sales, maintenance)
Categories Architecture, Design, CAD/DAO, Design, Drafting, Engineering, Optical
United States, US


Job Number: 16178
Group: Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division: Autosystems America, Inc.
Job Type: Permanent/Regular
Location: Plymouth, Belleville, Troy

Group Description

The Mechatronics, Mirrors and Lighting group specializes in automotive technologies that are driving the future of mobility. Combining a deep systems knowledge to develop unique vehicle access experiences, intelligent visions systems and advanced automotive lighting technologies, MML's expertise light the path to innovation, safety and styling.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for design and development of an optically approvable lamp prescription to the program
  • Co-ordinate lab and road studies for optical models, prototype and production parts
  • Evaluate and submit required tunes to optimize optical performance
  • Investigate, develop and prototype new lighting concepts, processes and applications that will raise the company’s competitive position with the intent of commercializing the technology
  • Direct program managers and tooling engineers regarding optical prescriptions caveats
  • Work with mechanical design through release to address mechanical issues that may impact integrity of optical prescription
  • Work with business development group to provide timely and accurate feasibility studies
  • Provide technical support to Manufacturing, Quality Engineering, Program Managers, Project Managers and Tooling Engineering
  • Create and evaluate supportive technical documentation for Program Managers to present to the customer
  • Co-ordinate and participate in local and customer night drives
  • Provide technical resource to VA/VE initiatives
  • Keep abreast of domestic and international photometric legal requirements
  • Flexible working hours are required and the ability to travel to customer sites for technical reviews and night drive evaluations
  • Laboratory development: physical measurements of lamps and analysis of photometric attributes
  • Assist in the development and implementation of operating procedures and guidelines for photometric equipment and photo lab personnel
  • Understand computer simulation theory and associated limitations and assumptions
  • Face to face/written interaction with customers/senior management
  • Work directly with approval authorities to obtain formal certification of products
  • Understand patent situation on new technologies
  • Educate co-workers on developed technologies
  • Lead team to determine commercial application and prototype needs
  • Takes a lead role on the Optics team with development and documentation of new tools, techniques, and guidelines

Key Qualifications/Requirements

  • Four year Engineering/Design degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in automotive exterior lighting optical design
  • Familiarity with light manufacturing processes
  • Computer literate including 3D CAD, ASAP, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Project

Special Skills and Attributes

  • Strong mechanical and optical design skills
  • Keen ability to solve problems and facilitate solutions in a time dependent automotive environment
  • Strong oral communication skills are required as the optical prescription impacts all facets of the business
  • Capable of initiating and following tasks through to completion
  • Strong computer skills with the ability to handle complex computer aided engineering tasks
  • Ability to write programs using a scripting language
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills required to meet the challenges of direct customer interaction in technical reviews and product performance evaluations
  • Ability to multitask effectively, shift priorities and directions due to customer driven requirements
  • Strong and varied interpersonal skills:
    • Able to communicate and negotiate with supplier and customer representatives through written and verbal correspondence
    • Able to present material to large groups
  • Able to gain support and co-operation of team members both internal and external
  • Works independently or in a team
  • Able to travel and manage flexible work schedule requirements
  • Understands product manufacturing and costing processes
  • Independently manage assigned projects for cost and timing

Tools and Techniques:

  • Understands and applies principles of visible light reflection and refraction to create optical models
  • Creates and define robust computer aided design files and computer aided engineering files for the purpose of creating and evaluating complex optical systems
  • Can operate the gonio-photometer as an engineering tool to verify and evaluate physical optical systems
    • Uses the output from said device to effect changes/ improvements to the optical system under consideration

Physical Demands

Physical Demands – Ability to move around on the production floor; Ability to bend, twist, lift, reach. Required to carry out job duties and responsibilities in a work environment that may include, but is not limited to, varying levels of noise and/or temperature. Ability to lift max. 50lbs periodically.

08--Engineering F--Permanent/Regular

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