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Engineering Manager, Opto-Mechanical Engineering - 003QE

Quartus Engineering Incorporated, San Diego, CA, United States
Employer Description

About Quartus 

Quartus Engineering Incorporated (www.quartus.com) is a leading provider of engineering services and integrated hardware solutions for a wide range of clients and industries. We employ advanced computer-aided engineering tools in the areas of optics, structural, thermal, and coupled analyses. We integrate our engineering analysis capabilities with design, prototype, integration and test capabilities to create solutions for our clients that are of extraordinary value.  

Job Description

What will you do? 

As an Opto-Mechanical Engineering Manager in our Aerospace sector, you will be helping to lead and grow a team with industry-leading engineering capabilities in opto-mechanical design, development, build, and analysis. Your primary role will be to grow and develop the team’s capabilities while providing technical leadership. You will also function as a technical lead on projects involving optical engineering. 


Essential Job Functions: 

People Leadership 

  • Manage a team of 3-6 opto-mechanical engineers 

  • Foster team collaboration and high technical performance with a people-first approach 

  • Mentor, motivate, and develop the opto-mechanical engineering team 

  • Assess performance and constructively coach, setting goals for individuals 

  • Align individual career paths and goals with group goals and company business strategy  

Project & Technical Leadership 

  • Serve as technical lead on projects involving opto-mechanical design, development, analysis, and build for a diverse range of applications such as aerospace, optical payloads, and ground systems used for laser communication, energy transfer, and imaging

  • Delegate, oversee, and review project work 

  • Perform technical work on the more challenging aspects of projects 

  • Provide technical mentorship to junior engineers 

  • Contribute to technical development in areas of interest or expertise 

  • Contribute to sales efforts by writing proposals, presenting engineering capabilities, and assisting business development team with meeting, conference, and marketing content support 

  • Own relationships with clients: build, develop, and grow business relationships 

Research & Development 

  • Stay up to date with the latest advancements in optical engineering and related technologies 

  • Identify opportunities for innovation and improvement in optical systems and processes 

Job Requirements

Who is right for the job? 

Successful candidates must be highly collaborative team player who are committed to Quartus values: People First, Integrity, Curiosity and Bold. We hire resourceful individuals with a passion for learning and an ability to apply engineering principles and techniques to solve a variety of problems. 


What are we looking for? 

  • BS or MS in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, Optics, Physics, or similar Engineering field 

  • 10+ years of industry experience 

  • >2 years’ experience in personnel/team management 

  • Expert understanding of mechanical engineering fundamentals (statics, dynamics, thermal, precision kinematics) as well as optical physics (free space optics, radiometry) 

  • Experience with mechanical and optical CAD software (Solidworks and Zemax preferred) 

  • Experience with a finite-element-analysis package (Ansys Workbench, NASTRAN, SW Simulation) 

  • Experience with alignment and optical components for system integration, metrology, testing, etc. 

  • Proven ability to develop and manage engineers 

  • Demonstrated ability to work in and lead a technical team 

  • Project management experience (technical & programmatic leadership) 

  • Experience with cradle-to-grave systems engineering (requirements derivation through A, I, & T) 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

  • Comfortable making presentations in front of customers, senior leadership, and larger audiences 

  • Experience developing business proposals and/or support sales organization to win and develop new business 

  • Must be US Person (US Citizen or US Permanent Resident) 


Preferred Qualifications

  • MATLAB and/or Python experience preferred 

  • Machine shop experience preferred 


Compensation and Benefits 

Opto-Mechanical Engineering Manager pay range: $126,070-$205,997*

*This pay range represents base pay. In addition, you may be eligible for additional benefits and compensation. 

Referral Eligibility: Tier 2 


Quartus is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to employing a diverse workforce, including, but not limited to, minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans. Quartus provides comprehensive benefits including competitive salary, discretionary performance-based bonus, employee stock ownership plan, medical, dental, vision, and 401k plan with company match. 

06 February 2024
07 March 2024
Bachelor's Degree
126070 – 205997
Manager / Supervisor
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors