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Optical Engineer, Development and Test (Starlink)
Posted on 12/22/2021
Redmond, WA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in physics or an engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of hands-on laboratory or work experience in optics, photonics, laser technology, or precision mechanical design or testing (university lab, student project, or internship experience qualifies)
  • 1+ years of experience in a computer programming language (e.g. C++, LabVIEW, and/or Python)
  • Master's degree or PhD in physics or an engineering discipline
  • Hands on experience in a post graduate lab working with optical equipment
  • Proficiency with optical analysis tools such as Zemax
  • Knowledge of and experience in lasers, photodiodes, fiber optics, optics testing/troubleshooting techniques, or signal integrity principles
  • Knowledge of and experience in digital communication protocols, test and measurement, and troubleshooting
  • Experience designing and building custom optical assemblies
  • Experience with optical test equipment (power meters, interferometers, laser sources, etc.)
  • Strong sense of accountability and integrity
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding atmosphere
  • Experience designing, developing, or testing space qualified hardware
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong understanding of computers and programming languages (Python, C/C++)
  • Experience with thermal, vacuum, and vibration test equipment
  • Ability to travel as required
  • General physical fitness is required for some work areas
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. unaided
  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings and climbing hand over hand
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here
  • Design optical systems and optical test equipment
  • Use test data to troubleshoot issues with optical flight hardware
  • Automate optical test equipment and data collection
  • Instruct technicians on operation of test equipment
  • Inform optical flight hardware designs to enable efficient test operations
  • Apply optics and photonics knowledge to laser communication system trades and component development, including design, analysis, and validation
  • Participate in validation testing, including environmental qualification, performance characterization, lot acceptance testing, and reliability testing
  • Develop test plans and maintain design specifications and capabilities data
  • Collaborate with software and automation teams to develop test and production scripts and tools
  • Develop test fixtures for engineering and production tests
  • Work closely with analysts and design team to ensure solutions meet the requirements for design as well as manufacturing processes
  • Develop production procedures and processes and manage the transition of parts and assemblies from development to high rate production
  • Execute design for manufacturability changes to enhance production efficiency
  • Create original CAD models and prints for flight and test equipment
  • Resolve and analyze manufacturing discrepancies

10,001+ employees

Designs, manufactures, & launches rockets and spacecrafts
Company mission
SpaceX's mission is to make humanity multiplanetary. The company is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.
  • Benefits and Perks - Our employees’ well-being is important to us and essential to our capacity to do extraordinary things. We offer a wide variety of programs to support the health, wellness, and financial security of our employees and their families.
Company Values
  • Make History - SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company capable of returning a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, and in 2012 our Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station. And in 2020, SpaceX became the first private company to take humans there as well.
  • Reusability - SpaceX believes a fully and rapidly reusable rocket is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access. The majority of the launch cost comes from building the rocket, which historically has flown only once.
  • Landing - SpaceX’s family of Falcon launch vehicles are the first and only orbital class rockets capable of reflight. Depending on the performance required for the mission, Falcon lands on one of our autonomous spaceport droneships out on the ocean or one of our landing zones near our launch pads.