General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Senior Photonics/Telecommunications Engineer. This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems. General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.
The Senior Photonics/Telecommunications Engineer will work with collaborative teams to design, develop and manage a variety of equipment and systems solutions for General Dynamics Mission Systems and its clients. In addition to receiving a competitive salary and generous health and personal benefits, this person will enhance their skill set by working among a talented and technically accomplished group of colleagues. The employee will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.
The Senior Photonics/Telecommunications Engineer will design, develop, build and test systems and products based on optic, photonic and laser technologies. Additionally this person will interact with device, hardware and software design teams to assist in overall development of optical systems which includes: specifying, selecting and qualifying active and passive optical components, developing and benchmarking system performance models, developing and implementing test procedures and/or evaluating and selecting appropriate test instrumentation. The candidate will recommend technological modifications to the development of new photonic products and/or design changes that improve performance of existing products.
The Senior Photonics/Telecommunications Engineer will exercise creative thinking and ideation to advance our business performance. The candidate will deliver innovative, flexible, integrated solutions to meet the customer's changing business needs. This person will also support and engage in programs, projects and practices behind the General Dynamics Mission Systems' culture and strategy, and comply with all policies and procedures.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES AND TASKS:
Designs, develops, builds and tests systems and products based on optic, photonic and laser technologies
Interacts with device, hardware and software design teams to assist in overall development of optical systems; specifying, selecting and qualifying active and passive optical components, developing and benchmarking system performance models, developing and implementing test procedures and/or evaluating and selecting appropriate test instrumentation
May provide recommendations for cost reduction efforts
Participates in electrical and optical requirements analysis, requirements definition, requirements management, functional analysis, performance analysis (e.g. optical loss, timing, power, etc.), design, integration, and verification of electrical components, equipment and systems
Applies principles and techniques of Electrical and Optical Engineering
Performs root cause analysis for electrical and optical issues, conducts experimental tests, evaluates results to formulate and implement solutions to issues
Participates in design reviews of electrical and optical components, equipment and systems
Evaluates vendor capability to support product development
Applies a good understanding of the organizationally defined optical processes used throughout the lifecycle of the program or project
Supports the generation of engineering products by using the appropriate standards, processes, procedures, and tools throughout the electrical development life cycle
Contributes to the research and analysis of data, such as customer design proposal specifications, and manuals to determine feasibility of design or application
Selects components and equipment based on analysis of specifications and reliability
Plans sub tasks for activities described above
Generally works with interdisciplinary teams and multiple work groups
Generally has contact with project leaders and Program Managers
Leads small technical proposals and contributes on medium proposals
Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignments
Works on advanced applications that may result in new business for the company
Frequent contact with project leaders, program managers, and senior managers including customers
Serves as consultant to management and customers on projects and applications
May serve as company technical spokesperson
Works on unusually complex problems and provides creative and innovative solutions
May function in a project leadership role
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Strong use and understanding of optical and electrical engineering concepts, principles, and theories
Strong knowledge with telecommunication applications
Frequently contributes to the development of new theories and methods
Strong understanding of optical engineering processes
Keeps abreast of technology trends
Aware of business objective and Engineering role in achieving
Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
Strong written and verbal communications skills
Ability to think creatively
Ability to multi-task
Highly skilled in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
Strong ability to recognize and clearly report information relevant to sound electro-optical engineering design
Strong ability to understand and apply project leadership principles including SPI/CPI, Earned Value, Cost Account Management (CAM), and Statistical Process Controls
Strong ability to work well in a team environment
A current TS/SCI with Polygraph is required at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.
Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience.
Familiarity with high-speed transport, including SONET/SDH, GFP, and OTN, at rates up to 10 Gbps and higher (100G)
Direct experience with commercial multiplexing, routing, and switching hardware and routing protocols
Familiarity with performance monitoring metrics
Familiarity with DWDM transport systems (metro, unrepeatered, or long-haul), and design and impairment analysis of such systems
Familiarity with coherent systems
Candidate should have experience in developing requirements and specifications, demonstrated leadership in an integrated team environment and excellent verbal and writing skills
PREFERRED DEGREE TYPES AND EXPERIENCE:
BS in Optical Engineering, Optical Sciences and Engineering, Physics, or Electrical Engineering from an accredited major university and eight years of relevant design experience
MS in Optical Engineering, Optical Sciences and Engineering, Physics, or Electrical Engineering from an accredited major university and six years of relevant design experience
General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) offers a powerful and robust portfolio of products, services and solutions that help customers successfully execute their missions in today’s dynamic environment. With unsurpassed engineering using an open systems approach, General Dynamics Mission Systems solves our customers’ most complex challenges while foreseeing future needs.
At GDMS, our employees... work in collaborative teams with leading edge technology and the best in the industry to solve tough customer problems while keeping our nation safe. Individuals are empowered to do their best work in an environment that encourages and supports innovative, collaborative and creative thinking. The General Dynamics ethos of honesty, transparency and trust is apparent in the way we work with our colleagues and our customers.
We look forward to you joining our high performance team at GD Mission Systems!
General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran