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Optical Engineer

Job Number:  20084
Group:  Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division:  Autosystems America, Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Plymouth, MI, US, 48170





Job Number: 20084 
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

  • Coordinate 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Work directly with approval authorities to obtain formal certification of products.
  • Understand patent situation on new technologies and educate team on developments.
  • Lead Optics team to determine commercial application and prototype needs, while developing and documenting new tools, techniques, and guidelines.
  • Understand and apply principles of visible light reflection and refraction to create optical models.
  • Create and define robust computer aided design files and computer aided engineering files for the purpose of creating and evaluating complex optical systems.
  • All other duties, as assigned.

Key Qualifications/Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Design degree or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum five 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. 

Additional Information

  • Flexible working hours are required and the ability to travel to customer sites for technical reviews and night drive evaluations.
  • Strong mechanical and optical design skills.
  • Keen ability to solve problems and facilitate solutions in a time dependent automotive environment.
  • 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.
  • Ability to multitask effectively, shift priorities and directions due to customer driven requirements.
  • Strong and varied interpersonal skills that include communication and negotiation with supplier and customer representatives through written and verbal correspondence.
  • Able to gain support and cooperation 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.
  • Operate the gonio-photometer as an engineering tool to verify and evaluate physical optical systems, and use the output from said device to effect changes/ improvements to the optical system under consideration.

08--Engineering F--Permanent/Regular 

Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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