Profession optomechanical engineer

Optomechanical engineers design and develop optomechanical systems, devices, and components, such as optical mirrors and optical mounts. Optomechanical engineering combines optical engineering with mechanical engineering in the design of these systems and devices. They conduct research, perform analysis, test the devices, and supervise the research.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Optical glass characteristics

    The characteristics of optical glass such as refractive index, dispersion, and chemical properties.

  • Optical components

    The components and materials necessary for building optical instruments, such as lenses and frames.

  • Design drawings

    Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.

  • Optical engineering

    Subdiscipline of engineering that deals with the development of optical instruments and applications, such as telescopes, microscopes, lenses, lasers, fibre optic communication, and imaging systems.

  • Optical instruments

    The characteristics and usage of optical instruments such as lens-meter, to determine refractive power of lenses such as glasses.

  • Optomechanical components

    Components that possess mechanical and optical features, such as optical mirrors, optical mounts, and optical fibre.

  • Types of optical instruments

    Possess information on the types of optical instruments and lenses, such as microscopes and telescopes, as well as on their mechanics, components, and characteristics.

  • Refractive power

    Refractive power or optical power is the degree to which an optical system, such as a lens, converges or diverges light. Diverging lenses possess negative refractive power, while converging lenses possess positive refractive power.

  • Optics

    The science that studies the behaviour and properties of light, including its interactions with matter and the construction of instruments that use or detect it.

  • Mathematics

    Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. It involves the identification of patterns and formulating new conjectures based on them. Mathematicians strive to prove the truth or falsity of these conjectures. There are many fields of mathematics, some of which are widely used for practical applications.

  • Optical equipment standards

    The national and international quality and safety standards and regulations with regards to the use and manufacture of optical equipment, including optical materials, optical components, optical systems, ophthalmic equipment, optomechanical equipment, optical measuring equipment, photographic equipment, and optoelectronic equipment.

  • Physics

    Have a wide background of physics which is the natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force.

  • Optical manufacturing process

    The process and different stages of manufacturing an optical product, from design and prototyping to the preparation of optical components and lenses, the assembly of optical equipment, and the intermediate and final testing of the optical products and its components.

  • Optomechanical engineering

    Subset of mechanical engineering specialised in optical systems and products, such as binoculars, microscopes, telescopes, and spectrometers, as well as optomechanical components, such as optical mounts and optical mirrors.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Mechanical engineering

    Discipline that applies principles of physics, engineering and materials science to design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.

Skills

  • Read engineering drawings

    Read the technical drawings of a product made by the engineer in order to suggest improvements, make models of the product or operate it.

  • Prepare production prototypes

    Prepare early models or prototypes in order to test concepts and replicability possibilities. Create prototypes to assess for pre-production tests.

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

  • Analyse test data

    Interpret and analyse data collected during testing in order to formulate conclusions, new insights or solutions.

  • Report analysis results

    Produce research documents or give presentations to report the results of a conducted research and analysis project, indicating the analysis procedures and methods which led to the results, as well as potential interpretations of the results.

  • Operate scientific measuring equipment

    Operate devices, machinery, and equipment designed for scientific measurement. Scientific equipment consists of specialised measuring instruments refined to facilitate the acquisition of data.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Develop optical test procedures

    Develop testing protocols to enable a variety of analyses of optical systems, products, and components.

  • Operate precision measuring equipment

    Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.

  • Design optical prototypes

    Design and develop prototypes of optical products and components using technical drawing software.

  • Conduct literature research

    Conduct a comprehensive and systematic research of information and publications on a specific topic. Present a comparative evaluative literature summary.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Perform data analysis

    Collect data and statistics to test and evaluate in order to generate assertions and pattern predictions, with the aim of discovering useful information in a decision-making process.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Model optical systems

    Model and simulate optical systems, products, and components using technical design software. Assess the viability of the product and examine the physical parameters to ensure a successful production process.

  • Conduct quality control analysis

    Conduct inspections and tests of services, processes, or products to evaluate quality.

  • Test optical components

    Test optical systems, products, and components with appropriate optical testing methods, such as axial ray testing and oblique ray testing.

Optional knowledge and skills

train employees use precision tools use cad software microoptics provide technical documentation precision mechanics electromagnetic spectrum cavity optomechanics photonics optoelectronic devices perform project management cae software sell optical products define manufacturing quality criteria optoelectronics prepare assembly drawings coordinate engineering teams communicate with customers create technical plans draft bill of materials maintain optical equipment build business relationships perform resource planning apply technical communication skills maintain safe engineering watches operate optical assembly equipment develop product design perform test run