R&D Optical Mechanical Engineer

Date:  Nov 9, 2022
Country:  United States
State / Province:  California
City:  Santa Clara
Job Type:  Regular
Job ID:  46696

Keysight is on the forefront of technology innovation, delivering breakthroughs and trusted insights to the world’s visionaries and innovators in electronic design, test, manufacturing, and optimization. Our ~14,000 employees create world-class solutions in wireless communications, 5G, automotive, quantum, aerospace, defense, and semiconductor markets for customers in over 100 countries. Our technical solutions – and our methods for creating them – help connect and secure the world. Learn more about what we do and how we do it.


Our powerful culture has led to us being independently recognized on Fortune 100’s Best Companies List and we are “Great Place to Work” Certified.  We’re driven, collaborative, ethical, and curious, and we value all ideas, especially bold ones. And our culture extends far beyond our own walls. Our corporate social responsibility efforts support our communities, nurture the next generation of engineers, and promote environmental sustainability. 


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Job Description

Designs Keysight products and specifies the components that make up the products. Designs and develops products, components, processes, and systems using broad engineering concepts and research techniques. Documents research and design specifications. Solves complex and high impact design and development problems including customer application issue of varying scope and complexity. Uses product and customer applications knowledge to determine, define, develop and validate design concepts and methods. May facilitate transition of product design and enhancements to full production/delivery. May lead product definition/system design for complex features or coordinate a small group in feature development and integration.

In this role as an Optical Design Engineer you will be a key member of a multidisciplinary team of R&D engineers who develop precision opto-mechanical systems with interferometers and lasers.  You will bring the design from initial concept to final product realization, develop manufacturing tools and processes to support your product and carry it into production in our local world class factory right here in Santa Clara.


  • Using your innate creativity and deep knowledge of precision engineering design principles to conceive and develop products that satisfy customer’s system requirements.
  • Analyze and optimize your designs using FEA to ensure performance under all thermal and dynamic conditions in the application.  Prototype and validate your design with real hardware built by our internal model shop and local manufacturing line.
  • Design and develop precision alignment tooling and manufacturing processes to ensure achieving performance at desired production yields.
  • Coordinate your work and share technology with others in multidisciplinary team including MEs, physicists, EEs, optical engineers.
  • Research new, emerging materials and technologies for use in current and future products.

Job Qualifications

•    BS Degree or University Degree or equivalent in Optical Engineering or related technical field (Physics, Electrical Engineering, etc) or equivalent combination of training and experience
•    Minimum 7+ years of optical design experience for products and/or tool development
•    Expertise in one or more of the following technical areas: Optics – geometric and physical, opto-mechanics, precision optical system design.
•    Self-starter able to think and act independently to translate general objectives into tangible results, with a record of delivering successful designs on schedule to meet market requirements.
•    Proficiency in using ME CAD tools for design and FEA for analysis.  (PTC Creo, ZEMAX preferred)
•    Excellent communication and ability to work well in team environment with people at all levels


Desired Skills:
•    Direct design experience with precision opto-mechanical products such as lasers, interferometers, fiber optics collimators or optical systems.  Familiarity with optical design principles and ray tracing.
•    MS or equivalent in Optical Engineering, Materials Science or similar technical field
•    Experience the semiconductor capital equipment and/or precision motion controls.




Job Function




Day Job


Full Time (F)

Travel Required:

< 25%

Duration (Temp Positions Only):

Not Applicable


Candidates can be considered to work from the following locations:


Americas : United States : California : Santa Clara

Job ID : 46696 


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