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IDEX Optical Engineer in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Optical Engineer

JOB LOCATION: Albuquerque, NM


CVI Laser Optics, LLC


Director of Research, Development, & Engineering


Designs and tests multi-element objectives and lens systems to support the OEM business, new product development, and ongoing production. Evaluates design feasibility as a function of requirements and specifications, tolerances, and manufacturing processes. Tests component and assembly performance using, including but not limited to, interferometry, spectrophotometry, and custom tests. Discusses technical requirements and optical solutions with customers; troubleshoots in the areas of manufacturing processes and optical testing. This person will also design, create, and implement improvements regarding process and quality issues.


  • Ability to generate accurate personnel, materials, schedule and budget requirements in support of complex engineering proposals

  • Able to interface with customers to determine their needs, to present options and results professionally

  • Capability to create optical systems and components specifications from system-level performance requirements

  • Capacity to operate in a multi-tasking environment and communicate effectively with others and other departments; can help train other less experienced personnel/staff members

  • Develop designs for optical components, systems, and products utilizing product specifications

  • Naturally can work with autonomy; stays efficient with completing complex tasks without step-by-step instructions; can work with engineers or technicians to develop and debug test procedures, and to identify the cause of unusual results

  • Other duties may be assigned according to the company’s business strategies

  • Provide accurate and detailed requirements documentation for the fabrication of optical components

  • Skilled in integrating optical and mechanical designs and use advanced optical design and CAD simulation tools

  • Working knowledge of optical test and evaluation equipment such as interferometers and spectrophotometers, and ability to provide accurate test requirements and support design/verification of test fixtures Interface with optomechanical or mechanical engineers to define tooling, optical mounting


  • Ability to write technical reports in concise and accurate English; present the results orally as required; perform legible written communication

  • Hands-on laboratory skills for assembly, alignment, calibration, and evaluation of optical systems; manipulate optics into and out of fixtures, tools, and carriers

  • Maintain flexibility and work well with time and production restrictions; operate necessary optical system alignment tools and metrology tools


  • Bachelor’s degree in Optical Science or closely related field with four years’ experience in optics; OR Master’s degree in Optical Science or closely related field with two years’ experience in optics; background of project management highly preferred

  • In-depth understanding of geometrical optics, aberration theory, lasers, diffraction, and interference

  • Direct experience with refractive, reflective, diffractive, and electro-optical elements

  • Proficient with one or more optical design software such as Zemax, Code V, ASAP, and Trace Pro; familiar with data analysis tools such as SciPy or MatLAB; experience with CAD software, such as Solidworks or AutoCAD preferred


  • Lift optics for inspecting, cleaning, testing, and packaging (up to 10-30 lbs.); demonstrate upper body mobility to lift objects frequently/occasionally

  • Minimal fumes from alcohol and acetone (used when clean optics)

  • Perform sedentary work at a workstation; continuous background noise from equipment

  • Transport optics to and from the necessary departments


The Systems Engineering Department at CVI Laser Optics is building the future for IDEX Optical Technologies. We are a team of passionate, self-motivated engineers that provide unique system solutions that exceed our customer’s expectations in the additive manufacturing, optical shutters, and semiconductor industries. Our efforts are in research and product development and manufacturing, and we live the IDEX entrepreneurial spirit. If you are energized by solving novel technical challenges and have a passion for optical technology based solutions, we are the team to come grow with.


Based in Albuquerque, NM —develops and manufactures high-performance optical components generally for laser and semi-conductor markets that are setting the standard for applications and analytical instrumentation. CVI is a rapidly growing company, with revenue from volume OEM sales of semi-conductor products and from the sales of standard products to end-users. Our optical components are set apart by their state-of-the-art performance and reliability.


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  • This position requires compliance with ITAR Regulations; this person must be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident

Optical Technologies is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity

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