Entry-Level Optical Engineer
General Dynamics Mission Systems
Hanover, MD

About $62,000 - $85,000 a year

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, a related specialized area or field is required or equivalent experience.

TS/SCI w/Polygraph security clearance is obtainable at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

Responsibilities for this Position

A Relocation package may be available for this position.

General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for an Entry-Level Optical Engineer. This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems. General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions. You will also have the ability to work with past leaders in the telecommunications industry (Ciena, Cisco), including our Florham Park, NJ, office, which has its roots in the former Bell Labs.

The ideal candidate will have a desire to work with systems and components related to the fiber optic telecommunications field. Prior coursework or work experience with photonic devices and telecommunication test equipment is preferred. Knowledge of coherent transmission systems is extra credit!

Designs, develops, builds and tests systems and products based on optic, photonic and laser technologies
Interacts with device, hardware and software design teams to assist in overall development of optical systems; specifying, selecting and qualifying active and passive optical components, developing and benchmarking system performance models, developing and implementing test procedures and/or evaluating and selecting appropriate test instrumentation
May provide recommendations for cost reduction efforts
Participates in electrical and optical requirements analysis, functional analysis, performance analysis (e.g. optical loss, timing, power, etc.), design, integration and verification of electrical and optical components, equipment and systems
Applies principles and techniques of Electrical and Optical Engineering
Performs optical engineering root cause analysis for electrical issues, conducts experimental tests, evaluates results to formulate and implement solutions to issues
Participates in internal optical reviews of optical components, equipment and systems
Evaluates vendor capability to support product development
Applies a basic understanding of the organizationally defined optical processes used throughout the lifecycle of the program or project
Supports the generation of technical engineering products by using the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the system development life cycle
Participates in the selection of components and equipment based on analysis of requirements
Generally works within an identified work group
Generally has some contact with project leaders
Generally works on problems of limited scope under frequent detailed supervision

Working knowledge of electrical and optical engineering concepts, principles, and theories
Working knowledge of optical engineering processes
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
Working knowledge of optical engineering design tools
Good written and verbal communications skills
Creative thinker
Ability to recognize and clearly report information relevant to sound optical engineering design
Ability to work well in a team environment

PREFERRED DEGREE TYPES AND EXPERIENCE: BS Physics, BS Electrical Engineering, BS Optics, or other related disciplines

**Position can be based out of Florham Park, NJ or Hanover, MD

Company Overview

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!