Optomechanical Engineer

Simera Sense is fast becoming a leading mid to high-resolution earth observation camera supplier for CubeSats and small satellites. Our optical payload products aim to offer complete space imaging solutions for small satellites with plans to expand. We are a fast-growing, dynamic team of enthusiastic engineers that supplies space and satellite companies from around the globe. We are looking forward to receiving your CV. 

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for an Optomechanical Engineer to join our dynamic team. The candidate will assist with designing, evaluating, integrating, and testing electro-optical imaging systems for use in spaceborne applications such as CubeSats. The successful candidate will need the ability to merge numerous and multiphysics design requirements into a single instrument and subsequently collaborate with mechanical and electronic engineers and designers. Previous experience designing optomechanical systems or precision mechanics is a must, along with having a very high attention to detail and a passion for success. The successful candidate can expect to be immersed in a fast-paced, team-based, and challenging technical environment, which offers the opportunity to push the boundaries of what is achievable with optical payloads in the CubeSat domain.

Key Responsibilities

  • Performing the detailed design of high precision optomechanical systems
  • Creating detailed, high tolerance optomechanical drawings
  • Researching and selecting COTS/custom materials and components as required by the design
  • Managing the manufacturing of the optomechanical systems
  • Designing the assembly and integration processes for the designed optomechanical systems
  • Performing the assembly, integration and testing of designed optomechanical systems to qualify newly developed systems
  • Generating technical design documentation, integration documentation, assembly instructions, BOM’s for newly developed systems before handing them over to the production team
  • Providing technical assistance to the production team when required

Required Skills

  • 3+ years of engineering experience
  • Experienced in optics and optomechanics or as a minimum precision mechanics
  • Experience guiding a conceptual design through the development phases from requirements generation through to production, qualification and testing
  • Experience with assembly, integration and testing of optomechanical systems using optical alignment instrumentation and optomechanical best practices
  • Knowledge and experience working in a cleanroom environment
  • Experience working with CAD, generating detailed optomechanical drawings
  • Proficient in generating technical design and test documentation
  • Very high attention to detail with the ability to execute tasks accurately and in a timely fashion
  • The ability to work independently, as well as within a multi-disciplined team
  • Basic understanding of finite element analysis and be able to interpret results for design improvement
  • Experience in designing optomechanical systems for spaceborne applications is advantageous
  • Knowledge of Siemens Teamcenter and NX software is advantageous

Required Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Optomechanical Engineering or related

What we offer

  • The opportunity to work in the fast-growing space industry 
  • Niche global market for optical payloads for microsatellites 
  • Cutting edge technology at your fingertips 
  • A competitive salary 
  • A friendly working environment with free coffee and regular company braai’s. 


Somerset West, Cape Town South Africa

Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Somerset West

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