Engineering Optics - Design/Integration, P3

Posted Date 2 months ago(8/28/2020 8:21 AM)
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At General Dynamics Mission Systems-Canada our engineers work on a range of programs to both broaden their experience while developing a diverse set of technical skills. We currently have an opportunity for an Engineer - Optics Design/Integration within our Land and Joint Solution business area. This is a unique opportunity that focuses on a range of optical sensor and Smart Display Unit (SDU) programs, providing design support services for Optical subsystems such as Day/Thermal imaging and LCD/backlighting systems.


This position has a few areas of focus for responsibility:

  • Performs Optical architecture simulation and analyses for new product development including:
    • Combat system Sensor lens-detector-video transport-display performance
    • LCD light source-light guide-reflector-diffuser-LCD cell-Touch Screen design
  • Optical system performance analysis and measurement including:
    • Target Detection-Recognition-Identification performance assessment
  • Display metrology such as sunlight readability, chromaticity, viewing cone, uniformity, etc
  • Selects/ specifies optical components to meet combat system optical performance requirements including:
    • imaging sensors and lens (visible through thermal),
    • LCDs, touchscreens, backlight components and LEDs
  • Defines, estimates and schedules tasks and carries them out in accordance with project cost and schedule constraints
  • Authors technical proposal content demonstrating solutions comply with imaging and electronic display sub-system requirements
  • Provides technical subject matter expertise guidance to engineers or technicians working within a common integrated project team context
  • Assist Supply Chain Management with procurement of complex optical components
  • Oversee and coordinate the development of Source Control Drawings for optical components
  • Monitors optical product production statistical process control parameters including Cp Cpk and control limits
  • Acts as a technical point of contact for customer optical performance enquiries
  • Leads internal and external customer technical design reviews

Essential Skills

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Physics, Electrical Engineering or applicable technical or scientific discipline. 
  • Minimum 5 years work experience and at least three years of relevant optical engineering experience 
  • Experience writing requirements and specifications and proposals
  • Experience with optical test equipment such as imaging photometer, spectroradiometer,  optical bench and various other instruments 
  • Experience in imaging sensors for robotics, machine vision, AI, or autonomous vehicles
  • Understands and applies company/military/industry best practices and guidelines to technical reviews and inspections/audits
  • Has a thorough understanding of the product development life cycle for military electro-optical systems
  • Solid understanding the IPD approach and the role of the IPT
  • Lead and help build consensus and work to bring out the best in other team members. Acts as a positive role model to more junior members of team.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Canadian Security Clearance and a positive Controlled Goods Assessment. Eligibility to work in Canada either as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Ideally you will also have some knowledge/experience in one of the following:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent would be an asset
  • Knowledge of Video I/Fs: CVBS RS-170A, CCIR, VGA Component Video, DVI, HDMI, SDI standards
  • Knowledge and understanding of Video processing techniques including de-interlacing, FRC, scaling and image fusion such as alpha-blending and image stitching
  • Knowledge and understanding of Mechanical design and DFM of combat vehicle electro-optical systems
  • Familiarity with MIL and Def-Stan standards especially for video and HMI standards
  • Experience with Specialty Engineering areas (Environmental, EMI, Reliability, Maintainability)
  • Experience with Matlab, Minitab, US Army Night Vision Lab NV-IPM (analytical software)

Our Company Benefits
Our contribution to our employees represents much more than just a pay check. We invest in our employees’ health and wellness, paid time off, retirement, income protection, work/life balance, talent development and more. As a General Dynamics employee, you can enjoy many of our benefits including:

  • Health and optional dental plan
  • Life insurance and retirement benefits
  • Vacation and flexible work environment
  • On-site fitness facilities
  • Free parking
  • Hockey and soccer leagues
  • Tickets and giveaways offered through our Recreation Association

About General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada
General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada is one of the country’s most innovative defence and security technology companies, providing advanced thinking, design expertise, and implementation know-how to equip military and first responders with leading-edge hardware, software and systems.

Our employees innovate on a daily basis. Part of General Dynamics Mission Systems, a global company with more than 13,000 employees across 100 facilities worldwide, our success stems from strong system engineering experience, ongoing investment in research and development, collaboration with commercial and military systems industry leaders, and a singular focus on customer service.

In Canada, we employ more than 1,300 people across three locations. Our business groups include: Land Communications, Airborne Mission Systems, Underwater Warfare and Cyber Solutions.

We believe in maintaining a diverse workplace – inclusive of beliefs, cultural background, job experiences, thoughts and ideas. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team! (Workplace accommodations are available).


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