Aero/Opto-Mechanical Engineer

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TECHNOLOGY IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL SECURITY MIT Lincoln Laboratory researches and develops a broad array of advanced technologies to meet critical national security needs. What sets us apart from many national R&D laboratories is our focus on building operational prototypes of the unique systems we design.

The Rapid Prototyping Group focuses on partnering with groups across the Laboratory to execute rapid prototyping efforts. The group works on diverse programs, delivering new advanced technology capabilities in timelines typically under a year. This group leads and coordinates various activities: aero/optical/mechanical system design and fabrication, electronics system design and fabrication, system engineering, integration into aircraft and other platforms, and laboratory and field testing. Projects are conducted in a team environment, utilizing resources from both the Engineering Division and mission area groups to successfully execute fast-paced development and demonstration efforts.

The Rapid Prototyping Group seeks a hands-on Aero/Opto-Mechanical engineer with broad experience in the design, modelling and fabrication of components, enclosures, optical assemblies and aero-mechanical payloads.  The individual must have an understanding of integration & testing, alignment & measurement, motors & bearings, environmental ruggedization, and general actuation, mounting, and packaging of system.  The engineer must have some project management skills and be able to interact with a number of subject matter experts in a collaborative team to develop complex sensor systems on a variety of platforms.


  • MS degree in Aerospace Engineering, Opto-Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related area.   In lieu of an MS, will consider BS degree with 3 plus years related experience.
  • Demonstrated hands-on approach to design, fabrication, system integration, testing and troubleshooting.
  • Strengths in communication and collaboration with a diverse group of experts
  • Facility with CAD design tools, ideally SolidWorks
  • Familiarity with analysis tools like NASTRAN/PATRAN and optics design tools like Zemax or CODEV

Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.

To safeguard our health and well-being, MIT Lincoln Laboratory requires COVID-19 vaccination for all employees.  Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reason.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.


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