Nightforce Optics
  • 11-Feb-2021 to Until Filled (PST)
  • R&D
  • Orofino, ID, USA
  • DOE - Pay will be commensurate with skills and experience
  • Salary
  • Salaried/Exempt

Comprehensive health benefits package including paid holidays, PTO and 401k plan

Are you searching for an exciting career opportunity with a great company? A fast-paced, fun work environment with a full complement of benefits and some great employee perks? We are a benchmark for high-quality, high-performance products and our employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals. If you fit that mold and meet the qualifications for our position, we'd love to have you join us!

MECHANICAL ENGINEER - ELECTRO-OPTICS DESIGN: This position will be involved in the detailed design, development, and testing of next-generation riflescopes and accessories for Mil-Spec and Commercial applications.


  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or other related degree, required
  • 5+ years of design experience in electro-mechanical systems, preferred
  • 5+ years of experience designing mechanical housings, fixtures, etc. for holding and covering PCBs and optical elements, preferred
  • Sound literacy in 3D and 2D CAD (ideally Autodesk Inventor)
  • Must have a good working knowledge of MS Office applications
  • Must have industry experience interacting with EE team to optimize PCB geometry and layout to satisfy mechanical limitations
  • Must have experience with rapid prototyping using additive manufacturing, COTS components, dev kits
  • Must have experience with mechanical systems requiring precise alignment
  • Experience in the following areas would be considered a plus:
    • Sourcing domestic and overseas vendors for custom components
    • Designing for IP-68 or MIL-STD 810-G
    • Working with optical prescription and imaging optics
    • Working with non-imaging illumination systems
    • Working with microdisplays including LCOS, OLED, uLED, etc.
  • Working knowledge of injection molding small, complex parts including mold limitations and material selection is a plus
  • Knowledge of optical component mounting, interfaces, and adhesive bonding is a plus
  • Knowledge of sensors including CMOS, CCD, microbolometer, etc. is a plus
  • Knowledge in AR/VR/MR industries is a plus
  • Ability to use hand tools and work with small optical, mechanical, and electrical components
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to keep accurate records
  • Must possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment
  • Must have a positive attitude and be highly motivated
  • Must have high regard for confidentiality

Core Accountabilities:

As a member of the Electro-Optics team, this position will have an active role in the entire design process from generating and evaluating product ideas, through detailed research and prototype testing, to final production release. Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Design mechanical housings including optical fixtures, PCB mounts, plastic covers
  • Generate all relevant 2D/3D models and drawings
  • Work with the on-site machine shop and external vendors to source required components for initial prototype units
  • Involved in assembly and testing of first units to validate the design and confirm performance expectations
  • Product testing including live gunfire and in-field usage

Note: All job offers are contingent on passing pre-employment requirements, including a drug screen and criminal background check. Due to the nature of our business, applicants must also be a "US Person" as defined by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Our Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer - All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race/ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, disability or any other category protected by law.

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