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Advanced Optical Engineer (R&D / innovation)

Job Number:  18008
Group:  Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division:  Autosystems America, Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular






Job Number: 18008 
Group: Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting  
Division: Autosystems America, Inc. 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 



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 optical designs which fulfill all customer and legal requirements
  • Coordinate lab and road studies for optical models, prototype and production parts 
  • Evaluate and submit required optical performance optimizations
  • Direct program managers and tooling engineers regarding optical design requirements
  • 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
  • Coordinate 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 evaulations
  • 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 and senior management
  • Work directly with approval authorities to obtain formal certification of products

Key Qualifications/Requirements

  • 2 - 4 years post-secondary school (University or Community college) Optical Engineering / Physics degree or equivalent automotive lighting optical design experience
  • Working Experience with 3D para-solids CAD tools such as Unigraphics, CATIA, Solid edge, Solid works for layout of reflector geometry and file transfer purposes

Personal Attributes and Physical Demands

  • 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




Physical Demands – Normal amount of sitting and standing; Ability to move around an office environment and on the production floor; Ability to work at a computer workstation; 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 

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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