Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer

Job Description
TMT Observatory Corporation is a non-profit corporation managing the development and construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, a large optical-infrared telescope to be built near the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii by an international partnership. The TMT project office in Pasadena leads and coordinates the work at partner locations. The Thirty Meter Telescope Project is an international partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy, joined by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Department of Science and Technology of India.

Position Summary:
TMT Observatory Corporation is a non-profit corporation managing the development and construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, a large optical-infrared telescope to be built on the summit of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawai’i by an international partnership. The Optics Group, part of the TMT Telescope Department, is responsible for the telescope optics, coatings, handling equipment, and diagnostic test instruments. The TMT project office in Pasadena leads and coordinates the work in the U.S. and at partner locations in Canada, China, India, and Japan.

Reporting to the Telescope Optics Group Leader, the Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer will play a key role in the development and manufacture of telescope optics, including working collaboratively with internal staff, suppliers, and international partners in China, India, and Japan.

Job Duties:
The Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer will be fully cognizant of all aspects of the design and manufacturing of the telescope optics, including performing the following activities on a regular basis:
?Direct engineers and designers in working to deliver the system
?Monitor, coordinate and direct activities by international partner institutions & suppliers
?Utilize SolidWorks to guide and monitor design efforts
?Review FEA results and direct analysts work
?Direct and perform Mechanical and Optical analysis and testing
?Prepare Requests For Proposals (RFPs) and related contract documents
?Ensure compliance with TMT quality assurance and safety requirements
?Write technical reports
?Prepare and deliver technical presentations

The work will also include producing the following key deliverables:
?Design requirements documents
?Interface control documents
?Optical error budgets
?Tolerance studies
?Detailed drawings and specifications

Job Requirements

Minimum Requirements:
?A degree in mechanical engineering, engineering mechanics or equivalent; advanced degree preferred.
?10 years of experience, including some experience in Project Engineering or Project Management
?Experience with large optical telescopes is a positive factor
?The project office is located in Pasadena and residence in the area is required.
?Regular international travel to visit suppliers in China, India and Japan will be necessary in order to fulfill the duties of this position

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer must have strong personal skills, including all of the following:
?Excellent organization skills
?Proven leadership ability
?Good interpersonal skills
?Strong communication skills
?Ability to write clear and concise technical documents
?A cooperative team-player who strives to make the team successful
?Ability to multi-task a substantial number of parallel activities
?Practical problem solving skills
?Fluency with Japanese or Chinese is a positive factor

The Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer must have strong technical skills in many of the following areas:
?Mechanical design and understanding of kinematic principles
?Understanding of manufacturing and assembly techniques
?Analytical approach to problem solving
?Understanding of geometric optics
?Knowledge of structural mechanics and engineering materials
?Experienced using Geometrical Dimensioning & Tolerancing per ASME Y14.5
?Knowledge of large-optics fabrication and testing methods is a positive factor

The Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer must have strong project management skills in many of the following areas:
?Developing and managing to a schedule
?Developing and managing to a budget
?Knowledge of earned-value reporting
?Supply-chain management
?Product Assurance and Quality Assurance knowledge
?Experience with FMEA
?Experienced in technical contract management

Company

TMT Observatory Corporation-Thirty Meter Telescope

Job Code

State or Province

California

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