Optics/Lighting Engineer

  • Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Job #11073


The Optics Engineer will design optics for interior and exterior automotive lighting products, and will be responsible for day-to-day lighting-related tasks, including designing optics with Lucidshape, SPEOS, and/or CATIA; attending customer and internal meetings; and testing, troubleshooting, and writing optical performance reports. 
The Optics Engineer will report to and work directly with an Optics Technical Specialist to deliver quality optics designs that are manufacturable with injection molding techniques, and that meet customer and manufacturing requirements. 
Occasional evening meetings with Global teams may be required during the execution of certain programs.

This individual will utilize their experience and/or learn to:

  • Meet and exceed customer subjective requirements.
  • Beam patterns, uniformity of illuminated surfaces, and homogeneity of illuminated components, etc.
  • Evaluate tradeoffs in concept designs using CAD, predictive engineering, value analysis/value engineering, testing, and simultaneous engineering with the manufacturing plants.
  • Provide the necessary information to support designs that can be manufactured cost effectively while meeting customer requirements including performance and durability.
  • Provide optics prescriptions that perform in production tooled components as predicted by simulations on a First Time Through basis to avoid tooling changes and program timing effects.
  • Follow the project through customer testing and into production.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Optical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related engineering discipline.
  • Knowledge of basic optics principles, such as the law of reflection, law of refraction, and a general understanding of how scattering works.
  • 0 – 5 years of experience in automotive optical lighting.
  • The ability / desire to learn and to work in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
  • Travel to the manufacturing facility in Sparta, TN, up to four times a year.
  • Occasional travel to customer facilities as needed (<10% travel).
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