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L3Harris Lead, Optical Engineer (Systems) in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Lead, Optical Engineer (Systems)

Job ID SAS20202909-51149


L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 48,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.


Job Title: Lead Optical Engineer (Systems)

Job Code: SAS20202909-51149

Job Location: Ft. Wayne, IN

Job Description:

The primary role of this position is to provideOptical Systems Engineering expertise to L3Harris space-based programs. L3Harris on-orbit imaging and sensing systems operate in the visible and infra-red region of the spectrum.

The Optical Systems Engineer will be part of a highly skilled multi-expertise technical team. The position provides critical support to our Fort Wayne team and on-site support to high-technology American and Canadian suppliers.

This position will provide key engineering products, such as:

  • Perform and coordinate system-level Optical hardware and process trades with L3Harris and Supplier teams to arrive at mutually agreeable spec-compliant solutions to technical problems.

  • Definition, Design, Development and Performance Verification of Refractive/Reflective Telescopes, Optical Coatings, Detectors, Processes, and Components resulting in Delivery of Quality Products meeting our Customer’s Requirements

  • Optical budgets and sensitivities including wave-front error, MTF, line of sight, stray-light, SNR, SWAP, glint, spectral tuning/splitting, polarization, phase retrieval, image simulation, and radiometric calculations.

  • Creating and Managing Optical and Radiometric requirements and specifications for systems, assemblies, and components.

  • Hands-on test/review of data, materials and components to verify compliance to specifications


  • Bachelors degree in Optics, Systems Engineering, Physics, or related field with 9 years of HW design experience, OR, a Masters in Optics, Systems Engineering, Physics, or related field with 7 years of design experience

  • 5+ years working knowledge of Zemax, Code V, FRED, and DOORS

  • 5+ years’ experience in Systems requirements management (ex. performance verification, requirements allocation) for LEO/GEO environment

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Ability to mentor junior level optical engineers focused on technical/cost/schedule optimization

  • Familiarity with ASAP and MatLab

  • Flexibility to travel occasionally to vendor or customer sites

  • DoD Secret Clearance preferred

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.