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Working As A Senior Optical Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $101,760

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Optical Engineer Do At United Technologies Corporation

* Support development of optical technologies and architectural concepts to support the company’s current and new business opportunities
* Develop and manage fiber optic sensing system and sub-system specifications and requirements
* Support the design of the fiber optic sub-system portion of products incorporating fiber optic communications
* Conduct and support design trade studies at the system and component levels
* Develop system and sub-system optical models to enable performance validation and design optimization
* Represent the company through the presentation of optical designs and analysis to customers at technical interchange meetings
* Interface with vendors for component selection or by directing sub-contracts on new developments
* This position will be based in Wilson, NC and relocation will be available

What Does A Senior Optical Engineer Do At Bruker Corporation

* The Fluorescence Microscopy (FM) engineering group of the Nano Surfaces Business of Bruker Corporation in Middleton, WI is looking for an Optical Design Engineer to define, design, develop and test the next generation of Optical tools.
* FM develops world class products for Neuroscience(Multi-photon), cell biology (Confocal) and super resolution microscopy(SML.) The Optical Design Engineer will work closely with product management, scientists and engineers to architect the requirements for a variety of projects in a highly collaborative and fast-paced environment.
* The Optical Design Engineer will provide technical leadership as part of a cross functional product team working on complex opto-mechanical product initiatives.
* They will design, develop and test optical systems.
* The position requires system-level expertise and interacts with hardware and software design teams to assist in overall development of optical systems.
* Tasks include conceptualization and definition of optical paths, specifying, selecting and qualifying active and passive optical components, developing and benchmarking system performance models, developing and implementing test procedures, and evaluating and selecting appropriate test instrumentation.
* ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
* Research, develop, and design optical solutions & systems pertaining to our products. (40%)
* Design mechanical components, systems, and product enclosures for functional support and operation of optical systems. (35%)
* Provide consulting, mentoring, and guidance to production and system integration staff. (10%)
* Perform prototype assembly and verification of optical/mechanical systems. (5%)
* Enter and maintain database information related to optical and mechanical designs. (5%)
* Specify and/or coordinate optical component design & fabrication with suppliers. (3%)
* Read, study, and explore leading edge biological & neuroscience research papers describing optical systems and designs that apply to our products & customer interests. (2%)
* KNOWLEDGE

What Does A Senior Optical Engineer Do At Bruker Corporation

* Provide supporting information to the Engineers to aid in the creation of system specifications.
* Provide regular communications with Sr.
* Management on optical metrology roadmap progress

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How To Become A Senior Optical Engineer

Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.

Education

High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.

In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.

At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.

Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.

Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.

Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.

Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

Advancement

Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Real Senior Optical Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Optical Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 06, 2016 $164,000
Senior Display Optical Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2010 $150,000
Senior Optical Coating Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 24, 2014 $148,200 -
$160,000
Senior Optical Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 06, 2015 $147,000
Senior Optical Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 10, 2013 $140,000
SR. Panel Optical Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA May 19, 2014 $140,000 -
$160,000
Senior Optical Engineer Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 10, 2013 $140,000
Senior Optical Engineer Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jul 21, 2014 $140,000 -
$160,000
Senior Optical Engineer Grakon, LLC Northville, MI Feb 16, 2016 $130,000
Senior Optical Engineer Lytro, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 01, 2015 $130,000
Senior Optical Engineer Opnext Subsystems, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Feb 01, 2011 $130,000
Senior Optical Engineer Fillcor, LLC Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2015 $120,000 -
$150,000
Senior Optical Engineer Pixtronix Incorporated San Jose, CA Jan 08, 2015 $108,222 -
$134,800
Senior Optical Engineer Infinera Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Nov 09, 2014 $107,321 -
$124,800
Senior Optical Engineer Infinera Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Sep 11, 2014 $107,321 -
$124,800
Senior Optical Engineer Infinera Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Nov 18, 2013 $106,144 -
$138,000
Senior Optical Engineer Infinera Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Sep 19, 2012 $105,038 -
$151,600
Senior Optics Engineer Acacia Communications, Inc. Maynard, MA Sep 02, 2014 $100,000 -
$110,000
Senior Optical Engineer Magic Leap, Inc. Pflugerville, TX Sep 03, 2015 $100,000
SR. Optical Engineer Cooper Crouse-Hinds, LLC Windsor, CT Jan 10, 2016 $99,445 -
$100,288
Senior Optical Engineer Cymer LLC San Diego, CA Nov 04, 2013 $99,258 -
$151,900
Senior Optical Engineer Cymer, Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 19, 2013 $99,258 -
$151,900
Senior Optical Engineer JDS Uniphase Milpitas, CA Sep 06, 2012 $98,155 -
$117,000
Senior Optical Engineer Optronic Laboratories, LLC Orlando, FL Sep 24, 2012 $98,088

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Top Skills for A Senior Optical Engineer

LaserSystemOpticalDesignProgramsOpticalSystemsZemaxOpticalEngineeringOpticalComponentsFiberOpticIRIlluminationSystemsMatlabRTestEquipmentThinFilmOpticalPerformanceTestProceduresWDMLCDToleranceAnalysisUVMTF

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Top Senior Optical Engineer Skills

  1. Laser System
  2. Optical Design Programs
  3. Optical Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed high accuracy, automatic alignment techniques for large, multi-beamed laser systems.
  • Used the Zemax and Code V optical design programs.
  • Designed free space optical systems.
  • Work includes optics selection, optical throughput predictions, illumination uniformity simulations, and tolerance analysis in Zemax.
  • Created optical and mechanical requirements for optical and lens assemblies and optical engineering processes, procedures, requirements, and documentation.

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