Opto-Mechanical Systems Test Engineer

Job Description

ATA is seeking an experienced test engineer to lead the test planning and execution of laser communications and high energy laser beam control hardware. Projects would vary from technology development programs to integration and test of space flight hardware, and may include full optical systems or components (gimbals, fast steering mirrors, etc.). The candidate would be expected to work with a multi-disciplinary engineering team to understand both the environmental testing requirements as well as operational performance testing requirements. Examples of some equipment that the candidate would need to be familiar with include thermal and thermal vacuum chambers, vibration tables, various data acquisition systems, and optical equipment, such as an interferometer, etc. The candidate will be expected to be involved with understanding system requirements, up-front test planning, developing test procedures, hands-on test execution (working with project engineering leads and ATA’s technicians), and ensuring full test reports are written.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with strong critical thinking skills, strong writing capability, demonstrated self-starter characteristics, and the capability to work both individually and as part of a small team. The candidate must be able to adapt between technology development projects and the formalisms (processes and procedures) associated with building space-qualified or production hardware.


  • - Bachelor of Engineering in any of the following concentrations: Aerospace, Electrical,
      Mechanical, or Optical (or comparable), and approximately 5 years of experience

  • - Understanding of systems engineering and related practices with emphasis on optical
      and opto-mechanical systems

  • - Proficiency with various test equipment (Note: Some learning of ATA’s particular
      test equipment is expected.)

  • - Experience with data acquisition software (e.g. LabVIEW), analysis software (e.g. MATLAB),
      and similar related tools

  • - Experience writing test procedures

  • - Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

  • - Experience with optical systems

  • - Must be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance
      (Note: A clearance will not be required initially.)


  • - Experience with laser safety

  • - Experience with space flight hardware

  • - Current U.S. DoD clearance

Travel: Yes, estimate less than 10% of the time

Relocation Available: Yes

ATA is an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability employer. Please send all resumes, including cover letters, to Human Resources at Applied Technology Associates, 1300 Britt Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123.  You may also fax them to (505) 998-2397, or e-mail them to  PLEASE REFER TO DOCKET No. ATA20180806.

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