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IDEX Optical Engineer – Design, Development, and Test in Albuquerque, New Mexico

If you’re looking for a special place to build or grow your career, you’ve found it. Whether you’re an experienced professional, a recent college graduate or somewhere in between, IDEX is a place where you can apply your existing skills and learn new ones in an environment where you can make an impact.

With interesting opportunities in engineering, marketing, sales, supply chain, operations, HR, finance, and more across more than 40 diverse businesses ( around the globe, chances are, we have something special for you.

The Optical Engineer designs and tests optical elements and systems to support CVI’s existing business and new product development. Evaluates optical design feasibility as a function of requirements and specifications, tolerances, and manufacturing processes. Tests component and assembly optical performance using optical test equipment including, but not limited to, interferometry, ellipsometry, polarimetry, spectrophotometry and custom tests. Discusses technical requirements and optical solutions with customers. Serves as a subject matter expert in the areas of optical components, thin film coatings, optical testing and metrology.


Including but not limited to:

  • Generate optical system and components specifications from system-level performance requirements.

  • Develop design solutions for optical components and systems to meet or exceed product specifications.

  • Provide accurate fabrication and test requirements and support design and test verification.

  • Integrate optical and mechanical designs using simulation tools (such as Zemax and SolidWorks).

  • Interface with optomechanical and mechanical engineers to define tooling and mounting.

  • Team with CVI Sales, Production, Quality, Planning to respond to new and modified product design requests.

  • Lead design and development projects using CVI’s production approval process for new optical component and system projects as assigned.

  • Interface with customers to understand their needs and to present solutions and results.

  • Identify, recommend, and drive process capability improvements.

  • Lead project meetings and provides input and updates. Creates effective technical reports and presentations.


  • Ability to manipulate and handle optics, inspect optics, and integrate optics with fixtures, tools, and carriers.

  • Independent initiative and ability to efficiently acquire substantial knowledge of CVI’s manufacturing processes, procedures and products.

  • Work effectively with minimal supervision.

  • Superb creativity and problem-solving skills.

  • Communicate effectively through email, presentations and technical documents.

  • Strong time management and prioritization skills.

  • Ability to make decisions in high-stress situations.

  • Curiosity and a growth mindset.

  • Comfortable around heavy industrial machinery.

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment

  • Comfortable training others including engineers and technicians.

  • Supports company values including ethical conduct and high integrity in all actions.



  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in optics, optical engineering, or equivalent field.

  • Theoretical and practical understanding of geometrical optics, aberration theory, interference, lasers, and thin film coatings.

  • Working proficiency in Zemax, CodeV, or other optical design simulation software.

  • Ability to read, understand, and apply a variety of job-related instructions and documents, including engineering drawings.

  • Experience with scientific computing and data analysis tools such as MATLAB or Python.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks both of similar and varying priority.


  • Master’s degree or higher in optics, optical engineering, or equivalent field or 5+ years’ experience.

  • Demonstrated experience with New Product Development (NPD) stage gate processes, design of experiments (DOE), statistical analysis, and project planning.

  • Statistical data collection, analysis, and solution implementation experience.

  • Project management experience.


Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Ability to:

  • Bend as is necessary for sitting, using computers, using the telephone, and computer mouse

  • Demonstrate eye-hand coordination

  • Operate testing and measuring equipment

  • Bend as is necessary for lifting from waist to operate testing equipment

  • Apply force to adjust and operate testing equipment, turn knobs and cranks

  • Manipulate fragile parts into and out of equipment to measure size and shape

  • Grasp objects in order to turn, wipe, adjust instrumentation and safely use sharp instruments

  • Twist and turn wrists and forearms to perform inspection of optics and to operate testing equipment and computer

  • Bend at the neck to perform inspection and testing of optics and related equipment

  • Perform legible written communication.

  • Ability to work in a Class 1000 clean room environment wearing appropriate PPE.


This position requires compliance with ITAR Regulations; this person must be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident.

Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

Business Unit: CVI

Job Segment: HST Health & Science Technologies