AOS is a fast growing company and we are continually searching for highly qualified professionals to work on the development and manufacture of high performance optical systems.

View the opportunities below for a description and minimum requirements.

Job Opportunities
Principal Opto-Mechanical Engineer

Arizona Optical Systems, LLC is seeking a Principal Opto-Mechanical Engineer with a minimum of seven years of experience in the aerospace industry in designing, fabricating, aligning, testing, and commissioning high accuracy optical systems. The successful candidate will become a senior member of the AOS optics team developing state of the art imaging systems, telescopes, and metrology tools. The candidate must have significant experience in leading a mechanical design team through the development of high accuracy optical systems from the conceptual design phase through integration and test. This is an outstanding opportunity to join a highly motivated, growing and successful young company offering excellent compensation and benefits, as well as an exceptional work environment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Understanding and working with customer mechanical requirements to optimize them and create flowdown requirements for AOS mechanical designers
  • Work with a design team to research and develop new concepts and ideas that can be developed to meet program requirements
  • Optimize mechanical and optical performance of systems through iterative design processes including FEA, and thermal analysis.
  • Create and maintain a top down and bottoms up mechanical tolerance budgets
  • Work with a design team to create full GD&T drawing packages and detailed assembly plans
  • Create mechanical task plans, and work with program managers to achieve program goals
  • Provide practical, hands-on skills in working with engineers and technicians in a lab environment
  • Must have excellent communication skills to effectively relay information and ideas to peers, sr. management, customers, and vendors

Minimum Requirements to be considered are:

  • Master’s Degree or PhD in Optics, Mechanical engineering, or similar fields, with 7 or more years of experience.

Required Additional Experience:

  • Design experience with Solidworks and Zemax – required
  • Experience with optimizing mechanical designs with FEA feedback (can rely on a specialist for specific analysis) – required
  • Experience with optimizing mechanical designs with thermal performance feedback (can rely on a specialist for specific analysis) – required
  • Strong working knowledge of optics, as well as alignment and test principles – required
  • Strong understanding of mechanics of materials and mechanisms for fine mechanics -required
  • Experience in producing typical report packages, such as CoDR, PDR, CDR – required
  • Analytical experience with Matlab – desirable
  • Experience with spaceflight hardware, including knowledge of end-to-end procedures for qualification of spaceflight systems – desirable

Preferred Additional Experience:

The successful candidate will have experience in developing mechanical designs for space applications where holding optical tight alignment budgets in launch, space, and dynamic thermal environments are drivers.

Please send inquiries to Tina Valente at

Senior Optician


With little direction, performs work of maximum degree of difficulty in supervising and participating in the fabrication and testing of precision optical components.

Responsibilities include:

  • Performs significant role in the development, coordination, execution and control of shop methods, systems, procedures, security and inventory of optics.
  • Consults with Principle Investigators, Program Managers, and scientific personnel on the fabrication of optical components and furnishes time and cost estimates as required.
  • Translates the designs of optical components into finished items which meet optical design specifications.
  • Organizes and directs the activities of supporting personnel, and provides them with job schedules and instructions.
  • Trains optical shop employees in optical fabrication and test procedures including safety precautions.
  • Conducts precision optical tests on optical components, and uses software analysis programs to interpret data for both qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Obtains and maintains comprehensive records on test data in order to apply test results to optical fabrication process to obtain final design figures and to provide data for final reporting.
  • Makes shop sketches or drawings of tooling and test systems to permit their fabrication.
  • Specifies and assembles sophisticated tooling and test apparatus for the fabrication and test of optical components appropriate to projects.
  • Prescribes procedures for the maintenance and overhaul of machine tools and supervises the overhaul, repair or modification to optical shop tooling.

Minimum Requirements to be considered are:

  • Ten years of experience in polishing and testing lenses, mirrors, flats and aspheres.
  • High school education with course work in algebra and trigonometry, supplemented by some college, trade or technical school training in related field or equivalent.

Additional Experience:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of optical principles, practices and techniques, along with some knowledge of the principles, practices and theories of management.
  • Comprehensive skill in applying optical grinding, polishing and figuring techniques to optical components.
  • Use and knowledge of specialized optical testing procedures, software and instrumentation.
  • Comprehensive skill in operating precision optical instruments.
  • Experienced leader with directing work teams.

Please send inquiries to Tina Valente at