Mechanical Engineer Co-op

Optikos Overview

Optikos Corporation is a product development firm specializing in optical systems. We offer our customers quick-turn, full life-cycle engineering design services, serving their most challenging optical development needs. We have over 40 years of experience solving some of the toughest optical, electro-optical, and opto-mechanical problems, and our creativity and innovation have led to the awarding of over 70 US patents.

At any given time, there are 25+ active projects spread among our group of 10 mechanical engineers from a range of industries including automotive, consumer products, aerospace, defense, and medical and life sciences. Some of our most recent projects include:

  • 31 axes of motion, high production volume test station to qualify surgically implantable lenses
  • Aerial imaging lens with automated aperture and focus adjustment
  • Laser lens assemblies for autonomous vehicle related LIDAR modules
  • Multiple 3D imaging surgical microscopes 

Your Role in the Mechanical Engineering Department

The mechanical engineering department is looking for thoughtful, creative, and driven students to join our team of Mechanical Engineers. We work in a collaborative and fast-paced, multi-disciplinary environment to solve some of the world’s most complicated optically based design challenges. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an optical engineer to be successful in this role. You will be interfacing with a diverse technical staff including optical, software, electrical, and manufacturing engineers, highly experienced optical technicians, and a technically savvy sales staff. 

Our product development cycle averages 4-6 months, so during your co-op, you will see multiple projects at all stages of the product development cycle: from initial brainstorming all the way to prototyping and low-volume contract manufacture. 

Specific job tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Participate in various parts of the product development lifecycle: conceptualization, prototyping, solid modeling, assembly, testing, manufacture
  • Present work for review with members of the mechanical and optical engineering departments
  • Generate part and assembly drawings for manufacture (including the use of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing)
  • Develop knowledge of precision optical system design considerations and alignment techniques 
  • Perform precision assembly of optical components and alignment tooling
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skill
  • Understand the fundamentals of mechanical engineering design
  • Be familiar with 3D modeling (SolidWorks preferred) and manufacturing techniques.

ou don’t need experience with optics, but you will need to love learning, designing and engineering.