Staff Optics Manufacturing Engineer

San Jose, California
Competitive Compensation & Benefits
Jun 08, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Be part of something bigger! 

BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. We have over 65,000 employees and a presence in virtually every country around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues.  


Job Responsibilities:


  • Responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining methods, operation sequence and processes in the fabrication of parts, components, subassemblies, and final assemblies. Estimates manufacturing cost, determines time standards, and makes recommendations for tooling and process requirements of new or existing product lines.


  • Develop the required documentation to support processes and provide training to technicians. Work with technicians to troubleshoot complex issues and provide unambiguous plan of action.


  • Execute and refine build sequences specific to optics integration, laser optical alignment and system calibrations. Evaluate the manufacturing effectiveness of a build process and implement improvements to meet build cycle times and product design specifications. As required, maintain records and reporting systems for coordination of manufacturing operations.


  • Test and qualify optical components and modules. Work with suppliers to improve incoming material quality and acceptance.


  • Support the manufacturing team on escalations related to laser alignment and any optics related issue.


  • Interface with NPI engineering and R&D in coordinating the release of new products. Learn and understand the requirements/architecture of next generation subsystems.


  • Read and interpret mechanical design drawings, electrical schematics, and perform simple updates of models or drawings using computer-aided design (such as Zemax) tools. Able to perform modeling and optical tolerances in Zemax.


  • Have a good understanding of laser, optical filter and Photo-Multiplier Tube  functions and specifications and possess knowledge of direct diode lasers.


  • Leads cross functional project teams.  Major objectives may include: improving manufacturing operational efficiency, optimizing product design, qualifying replacement components, improving product quality, improving customer satisfaction, and reducing manufacturing costs.


  • Must be an adept and experienced problem solver who is able to determine root cause of difficult technical issues.   Must be able to implement effective solutions in a timely manner. Issues are typically multi-disciplinary in nature: mechanical, optical, electrical, and fluidic.  Strives to continuously improve processes in order to achieve optimal efficiency for manufacturing operations.


  • Supports the introduction of new products into manufacturing - Review engineering designs and documentation for completeness, clarity and manufacturability.  Evaluates and qualifies new suppliers. Interfaces with Product Development to define and implement manufacturability criteria


  • Develops procedures/processes for assembly, PCB's, systems and sub-systems test procedures including fixtures, during the development process. Ensures designs, documents, and procedures have been validated in manufacturing prior to production release.


  • May perform and document field failure investigations, identify root causes, and participate in corrective and preventative action efforts.


  • Keeps abreast of the basic requirements for compliance in own area of work and complies with those requirements. Participates as required in training on regulatory issues affecting own area of work. Brings regulatory compliance questions/issues to the attention of management.


  • Promotes a safe work environment. May provide recommendations on maintaining the safety of the work environment. Participates in Environmental, Health and Safety programs. Addresses corrective actions whenever a hazard is identified. Notifies supervisor of all observed hazardous conditions or unsafe work practices.




Required Qualifications


  • A BS degree (required): in Optics/Physics, or Opto-Mechanical/Electrical Engineering.


  • 8 + years' experience in a high tech manufacturing environment.


  • Minimum 3 years' experience with lasers, optics, and optical components.


  • Working knowledge of Optical Standards such as MIL-PRF-13830 or ISO 10110.


  • Familiarity with ISO 9001 and 13485 standards.


  • Must be proficient in the use of personal computers:  MS Word, Excel, Power Point, MS Project, Visio, Windows or MAC OS.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, must have good interpersonal skills: conflict resolution, negotiation, and time management skills.


  • Must be able to understand engineering drawings, Bills of Materials, and operational procedures.


  • Must have extensive experience writing and reviewing Engineering Change Orders.


  • Willingness to travel when required.


Additional Skills/Preferred Qualifications


  • MS degree.


  • Proficiency with some of the following applications:  Pro-E, AutoCAD, Solidworks, MS Project, MS Access, SAP ERP, Visio.


  • Experience resolving technical issues involving lasers and optical components.


  • Broad experience supporting many of the following commodities or supplier types: lasers, optical components, fluidic systems, machined parts, sheet metal, cables, PCA’s, plastics, power systems, product packaging, turnkey subcontractors, hardware, labeling.


  • Strong cGMP familiarity 21 CFR part 820, medical industry experience.


  • Experience implementing Demand Flow Technology (DFT) processes.


  • Experience implementing LEAN manufacturing processes.


  • 6 Sigma green or black belt.




For many roles at BD, employment is contingent upon the Company’s receipt of sufficient proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In some locations, weekly testing for COVID-19 may be available instead of vaccination. Consistent with BD’s Workplace Accommodations Policy, requests for accommodation will be considered pursuant to applicable law.   




Why Join Us? 


A career at BD means being part of a team that values your opinions and contributions and that empowers you to bring your authentic self to work. Here our associates can fulfill their life’s purpose through the work that they do every day.   


You will learn and work alongside inspirational leaders and colleagues who are equally passionate and committed to fostering an inclusive, growth-centered, and rewarding culture. Our Total Rewards program — which includes competitive pay, benefits, continuous learning, recognition, career growth, and life balance components — is designed to support the varying needs of our diverse and global associates.   


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