Optical Production Control Engineer

Sept. 22, 2022

Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have an opening for an experienced Optical Production Control Engineer. You will be responsible for working with the optical engineering team to derive specifications to improve optic manufacturability, directing fabrication and development (if necessary) at optical vendors of precision optics, and qualifying new optics suppliers for high energy laser systems.   You will interact with project management, design engineers and technicians, laser system scientists, manufacturing planning and procurement groups, outside optical suppliers, quality assurance, and operations staff. This position is in the Laser Systems Engineering & Operations (LSEO) Division of the Engineering Directorate. LSEO provides support to the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science (NIF& PS) Directorate.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role, you will

  • Participate in development of suppliers to manufacture NIF & Photon Science moderately complex to complex optical components including optimization and development of new processes to meet NIF requirements.
  • Document process control methods and requirements for optical vendors to be incorporated into production contracts.
  • Assist in the resolution of production problems at all levels including moderately complex to complex while working under limited direction.
  • Analyze vendor production control methods for weaknesses and make recommendations to realize high quality components and/or lower unit cost using broadly defined parameters.
  • Analyze vendor supplied metrology data to validate manufacturing processes remain in production control.
  • Work with optical coordination staff to track vendor performance, optic location, and archive metrology data.
  • Function as an informal mentor and an individual contributor in a team- and project-orientated environment with individuals from other disciplines.
  • Oversee, organize, and document a variety of tasks in a project-orientated environment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.3 level

  • Analyze complex optical and coating specifications for manufacturability and negotiate with optical and system engineering to optimize specifications for high system performance at reasonable cost.
  • Research and provide in-depth analysis to track vendor performance, optic location, and archive metrology data.  Analyze tracking and metrology data for errors, determine error sources, and make the necessary corrections and recommendations.
  • Serve as a technical lead in a team and project-orientated environment with individuals from other disciplines.


  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Material Science, Optical Engineering, Physics, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and previous related experience.
  • Comprehensive experience performing production of moderately complex to complex optics and optical components including specification, fabrication, measurement, and testing (e.g., interferometry, photometry, laser damage testing, and surface quality).
  • Broad experience and proficiency performing production engineering roles including procurement planning and execution, production control, analysis, problem solving, and quality assurance.
  • Ability to interpret optical and mechanical specifications and drawings under limited direction.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment, present/explain technical information.

Additional qualifications at the SES.3 level

  • Master’s degree in Material Science, Optical Engineering, Physics, or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Significant experience interfacing with customer product requirements and performing in-depth analysis related to optical specification and production techniques including complex levels.
  • Advanced knowledge in ISO 10110 optical specifications.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Working knowledge of an optical design code (Code V, ZEMAX, FRED, OSLO, or equivalent) to analyze optical metrology configurations for component testing.
  • Working knowledge of a thin film analysis and design code (Macleod, OptiLayer, Filmstar, TFCalc, FilmWizard, Multilayer, or equivalent) to design optical thin films to analyze manufacturability of coating specifications.



Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2022 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing candidates and employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We value and hire a diverse workforce as it is a vital component of our culture and success. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

LLNL invites you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

At LLNL, our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

Apply here