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Optical Engineer

Job Number:  33949
Group:  Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division:  Autosystems America, Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular





Job Number: 33949 
Group: Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting  
Division: Autosystems America, Inc. 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: PLYMOUTH 



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 
•    Co-ordinate 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
•    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

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

•    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

Special Skills

•    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.
•    Understanding of internal data acquisition system - Trans4M, QSI, Pro8.

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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