Grafton Technology

Opto-Mechanical Engineer

Job Reference : GTL-2021-02-101

Location: Guildford, United Kingdom

With the purpose to strengthen the Opto-Mechanical Design Team's engineering. The role will involve all phases in the evolution of optical instrumentation for space flight


  • Working within the Opto-Mechanical systems team and with optical, electronic and Systems Engineers to develop and detail working designs for optical systems.
  • Opto-mechanical system design from initial concept to detailed final design using using 3D modelling tools.
  • Complete precision manufacturing drawings  to enable the designs to be manufactured.
  • Undertake integration of the mechanical components in the clean rooms, support optical and environmental testing.
  • Able to apply sound mechanical design principles in developing designs.
  • Maintain a design log, summarizing each step in the design & development process.
  • Undertake thermal, static and dynamic structural analysis of components and at system level in collaboration with the Senior Mechanical Analyst.
  • Analyse optical element surface deflections and provide feedback to optical design engineers.
  • Support manufacturing activities
  • Develop the Bill of Materials to allow the MRP system to reflect the completed instrument
  • Detailed Project Planning
  • Management of Work Packages
  • Plan test campaigns, conduct / manage tests, analyse and present results

Skills and Experience:

  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering or relevant industrial experience.
  • Demonstrate experience of the design, build and test of opto-mechanical systems, preferably as applied to space optical payloads.
  • Mounting optical components, lenses, mirrors, prisms, filters, detectors etc, kinematic mounting principles
  • Materials and manufacturing processes
  • Precision engineering in harsh environments
  • Mechanical design using 3D CAD
  • FE analysis (desirable but not essential)
  • Report writing
  • Costing and subcontracting
  • Customer liaison
  • Operation in a quality assured environment
  • Good analytical skills
  • Competent  using CAD  ( SolidWorks or similar)
  • Knowledge of drawing standard such as BS8888.
  • Mechanical tolerance analysis experience.
  • Competent using  FEA packages such as Solidworks Simulation, ANSYS Workbench or similar.
  • Competent in MS Office suite
  • High attention to detail is paramount to ensuring that the finished sub-systems will function as designed
  • Flexible; able to work on a variety of projects
  • Good time management
  • Good team working skills and communication skills
  • Ability to plan and manage own work
  • Highly self-motivated