Mechanical Engineer for Advanced Hardware/Subsystem Development – SA Photonics, Inc. – Los Gatos, CA

At SA Photonics, we specialize in the design, development and manufacturing of complex, state-of-the-art communications, vision and mechanical systems for military, space and commercial applications. Our products and technologies include coherent optical communication systems for fiber, free-space and underwater applications, active thermal networking systems, energy harvesting systems, and head mounted display systems for military applications.

SA Photonics has a small team of highly experienced engineers and scientists. We are currently looking for a Mechanical Engineer to join our team. Responsibilities include:

Expertise in the Design of Mechanical hardware and subsystems for free space optical communication systems and head mounted display systems.

Design of mechanical hardware and systems for traditional linear/rotary generator and advanced material (piezo, thermoelectric, and electromagnetic) energy harvesting subsystems.

Design and analysis of hardware for harsh conditions including high dynamic and thermal environments.

Specifying and evaluating mechanical hardware including, but not limited to, the following:

Engineering materials

Energy harvesting technologies

Temperature control systems

Automated and manual Motion control systems

Laboratory validation and testing of test setups, breadboard and prototype subsystems.

Writing proposals and technical reports related to mechanical engineering topics/programs.

The successful candidate will have most, if not all, of the following qualities/experience:

Strong knowledge of mechanical hardware development

Strong knowledge of thermal control and thermal analysis.

Excellent hands-on and laboratory skills in building, testing and validation of optical subsystems, and thermal and dynamic subassemblies.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Precision Optics Mount designs and Fiber Optic systems design experience a plus.

Design for production hardware experience a plus

Self-motivated and self-directed individual


SA Photonics is headquartered in Los Gatos, California and this will be a full-time regular position for the Los Gatos office. SA Photonics provides competitive salaries, an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), a comprehensive benefit package, and a matching 401k. Our employees enjoy our small teams of very motivated engineers, working on state-of-the art projects.


Due to the nature of much of the work we do, this position is restricted to U.S. Citizens or permanent residents only.

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