Optician | Danbury Mission Technologies


Posted: 18-Apr-23

Location: Danbury, Connecticut

Type: Full Time




Job Function:


Technical Division:

Optical Fabrication & Testing (FM)

Optical Metrology (OR)

Years of Experience:


Required Education:

High School

Additional Information:

7 openings available.

Position Overview:

In this role you will be part of the Optical Manufacturing team which is responsible for production of precision optics using a variety of grinding and polishing machines. You will be part of a team which includes Manufacturing and Methods Engineers, CNC Operators, Technologists, Opticians, and Strategy & Analysis Engineers. This position will expose the candidate to various optical manufacturing assignments supporting multiple business units. The core of the assignment is to process optics across a variety of production operations.

2nd and 3rd shift positions are both currently available. Shift differential is included. 


  • Under guidance, grind, polish, and figure various optical materials to specified tolerances based on manufacturing instructions.
  • Across multiple short-term projects, operate machines and conduct hand operations on optical surfaces with supervision.
  • Read and interpret technical drawings and technical work instructions to aid in machining and processing of optical materials.
  • In concert with Engineering and other Optical Manufacturing Technicians, actively monitor process controls and instructions.
  • Work with other Optical Manufacturing Technicians to develop basic machining and manufacturing skills.
  • Assist in maintaining productivity and efficiency and meeting scheduled delivery dates through internal departmental communication.
  • Comply with all environmental, health, and safety requirements.
  • Clean machinery and maintain cleanliness of the work area.
  • Support Quality Calibration to maintain compliance.
  • Other duties as required.

Education Requirements: 

HS Diploma or GED equivalent

Experience Required: 

  • Minimum of 2 years relevant experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  
  • Basic computer skills including usage of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Basic knowledge of optical materials.
  • Ability to perform problem solving tasks.
  • Strong math aptitude including knowledge of trigonometry and geometry.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of flexibility and assist others as needed including in areas of CNC machine operation to delicate hand polishing.
  • Willingness to work in a lab environment.
  • Knowledgeable of at minimum of 2 of the following operations/machines:
    • Optics Protection
    • Scratch-Dig Surface Inspection
    • Hand Figure Correction
    • Beveling
    • Continuous Polishing
    • Edge Polishing
    • Metrology
    • Flat Blocking
    • Deterministic Polishing
    • Spindle Grinding and Polishing
    • Optical CNCs

EHS/Environmental Requirements:

  • Standing long periods of time (1-2 hours)
  • Working with chemicals and solvents
  • Working in a noisy environment requiring PPE
  • Occasional lifting of up to 25Lbs.
  • Working in an environment requiring temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit

In compliance with company policy, all newly hired employees must be fully vaccinated prior to beginning employment and must provide proof of full vaccination.  Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) prior to beginning employment.

Due to contract requirements, US citizenship is required.  Additionally, if you are a dual citizen (a citizen of the US and another country), the Company must obtain approval for you to have access to the information required for this position.  You will not be able to begin employment until such approval is obtained and this may take several months.

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a US Government Security Clearance.  For your information, here is the form the government requires to begin the process of obtaining a clearance:  https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf86.pdf

No visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Danbury Mission Technologies is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

About Danbury Mission Technologies

Come join a company where what you do makes a difference. For over 50 years, Danbury Mission Technologies, located in Danbury, CT has forged groundbreaking technologies that have pushed the limits of physics, engineered the impossible, and provided actionable intelligence to keep our Armed Forces and nation safe. We are dedicated to helping you grow your career by using all your talents, insights and experiences in a welcoming team environment. Bring your passion, commitment and curiosity and come grow with us as together we work to make our world a safer place.

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