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A unique corporate culture combined with a dynamic work environment

Optimax Systems, Inc. is a world leader in small volume, high quality optical components. Our unique corporate culture of teamwork, innovation and agility provides a dynamic work environment. We are looking for individuals that are committed to lifelong learning and creating value through their hard work.

Benefits of working for Optimax

Optimax Systems, Inc. is a world leader in small volume, high-quality optical components. Our unique corporate culture of teamwork, innovation, and agility provides a dynamic work environment. We are looking for individuals that are committed to lifelong learning and creating value through their hard work.

A position with Optimax Systems, Inc. means:

  • Excellent benefits
  • Corporate uniforms – Tie-dye T-shirts!
  • Opportunities for internships and co-ops
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Career development opportunities within the corporation
  • Monthly profit sharing

What is an Optician?

You can start your career path from anything from an artist to an engineer, and that can lead to being an optician

Job Description

Optimax is looking for hands-on technically oriented individuals to be opticians. The position requires excellent math skills and the ability to read and comprehend specifications from blueprints and drawings and follow detailed technical processes to precision machine lenses. This process includes grinding and polishing, measuring and testing. 

What You’ll Be Doing   

  • Maintain scheduled activities as set forth by supervisor 
  • Provide written and verbal communication on status of projects 
  • Inspect and clean all optics to ensure they meet the project specifications

Education/Skills

  • High school diploma or GED required; AA or BA/BS degree in math or science preferred
  • Strong math background and ability to collect and  interpret data 
“You don’t need a degree…we can teach it to you on the job.”
“You can start from scratch, and we build you from a blank slate to a well-rounded technician.”
“There is an artistic craftsmen side and a calculated science aspect to the job I enjoy.”

About Optimax

Optimax builds the optics behind the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics. For small volume, highly complex optics, Optimax is set up to manufacture, test and deliver with the speed and performance our customers require.

Optimax Internships

Optimax is a world leader in small volume, high-quality optical components. Our unique corporate culture of teamwork, innovation, and agility provides a dynamic work environment. We are looking for interns to join our team that are committed to lifelong learning and creating value through their hard work.

We strongly believe that by investing in interns we are building the workforce of tomorrow, and we strive to give our interns every opportunity possible to learn about optics, manufacturing and what it’s like to work hard, make money and have fun at the same time.

We offer the following opportunities:
– Job Shadows
– High School Internships
– College Internships

We’ve also taken the 5% Pledge to hire 5% of our workforce as interns.

But don’t take our word, hear from some of our brightest and hard-working interns by clicking on profile images above.

Optimax Internship Stories
Ben

Recurring Spheres

Ben

Area: Recurring Spheres

Role: Mechanical Engineering Intern

Education: Clarkson University

Major: Mechanical Engineering

What kinds of skills did you learn at Optimax that you couldn’t learn in a classroom? I’ve learned to develop my social skills a lot better than sitting in a classroom, as well as being able to manage more than one project at once.

What I learned about optics: The materials used for optics aren’t just restricted to glass. They can also be made out of crystals, glass, and sometimes plastics.

What I learned about manufacturing: I’ve learned to come up with out of the box solutions to help increase the efficiency and success of the manufacturing process.

Why I like working at Optimax: The community here is something that is entirely unique and one that I’m sure I will never find anywhere else.

The best part of Optimax in one word: Community

Education:Clarkson University

Major:Mechanical Engineering

Role:Mechanical Engineering Intern

Zoë

Quality Assurance

Zoë

Area: Quality

Role: Packaging Science Intern

Education: Rochester Institute of Technology

Major: Packaging Science

How has your internship helped you with your studies? In the classes I’ve taken, I haven’t really learned about protective packaging yet and I’m learning a lot about that here.

What kinds of skills did you learn at Optimax that you couldn’t learn in a classroom? I’ve learned a lot about problem-solving. In class we’re given a problem, told the solution, and then we create the packaging for it. But in the real world, you aren’t given that solution.

What I learned about optics: I know a lot of work goes into making optics and that they are really fragile, so that’s why my role is so important. I need to ensure that the packages protect the optics so that everyone else’s hard work pays off.

The coolest thing I did during this internship: I conducted a package drop test on my own. It was something that I have never done in class before and it was really cool because my package actually passed.

The best part of Optimax in one word: Family

Education:Rochester Institute of Technology

Major:Packaging Science

Role:Packaging Engineering Intern

Michael

LGO

Michael

Area: Laser Grade Optics (LGO)

Role: Mechanical Engineering Intern

Education: Rochester Institute of Technology

Major: Mechanical Engineering

How has your internship helped you with your studies? Programming languages that are going to be relevant to work experience.

What kinds of skills did you learn at Optimax that you couldn’t learn in a classroom? Procedurally attacking engineering tasks in a way that makes logical sense is something you can only do while you’re working here.

What I learned about manufacturing: I learned about the lean model of manufacturing, which is something that I have heard of in my classes but never actually seen in action.

Has this internship helped you figure out any career goals or paths? Because a degree is such a major commitment, having the opportunity to practice something in a really supportive environment has really enforced my decision to be an engineer.

Why I like working at Optimax: I feel like I’m getting legitimate tasks that benefit both the people around me and the people I interact with on a daily basis.

The best part of Optimax in one word: Culture

Education:Rochester Institute of Technology

Major:Mechanical Engineering

Role:Mechanical Engineering Intern

Nick

Coating

Nick

How long have you been at Optimax? 3 years

Areas: Coating, Aspheres, Spheres

Current role: Coating Engineering Intern

Education: Alfred University

Major: Biomaterials Engineering

What kinds of skills did you learn at Optimax that you couldn’t learn in a classroom? My communication skills.

What I learned about manufacturing: Having worked here for 3 years, I’ve seen the whole process of how these optics are made – from the production of the actual glass material to the grinding and polishing and all the way up to the coating of it.

Why I like working at Optimax: The friendly culture and the laid back attitude. I was really drawn to work here when I was looking for internships because both my dad and grandpa work here, and when you’re an employee at Optimax, they really do treat you like family.

The best part of Optimax in one word: Precision

Education:Alfred University

Major:Biomaterials Engineering

Role:Coating Engineering Intern

Ally

Coating

Ally

Area: Coating

Role: Coating Engineering Intern

Education: University of Rochester

Major: Chemical Engineering

How has your internship helped you with your studies? You can sit in a classroom and be told what’s going to happen and how it’s going to happen, but sitting there and actually watching a reaction occur, you learn so much more about it and actually understand what is happening.

What I learned about optics: The aspect of an optic that makes it work for its application is often the coating itself that you put on it and that even a tiny nanometer can make a difference.

Why I like working at Optimax: Working here has given me some really important values. All of the employees are the number one priority here.

The best part of Optimax in one word: Atmosphere

Education:University of Rochester

Major:Chemical Engineering

Internship:Coating Engineering

Optimax POM Apprentice Program

The Optimax Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM) Apprenticeship program was created to prepare technicians for a rewarding, long-term career in precision optics manufacturing. As part of upskilling the workforce in developing optics fabrication technicians, this apprenticeship program will help the industry and Optimax continue to manage and sustain workforce growth.

The program consists of a three-year on-the-job training (OJT) rotations throughout all the departments at Optimax to prepare employees with the skills that will help them become productive and technically savvy precision optics manufacturing technicians.

Optimax Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM) Apprenticeship Brochure

Featured POM Apprentice

But don’t take our word, click below to hear from some of our brightest and hard-working apprentices.

POM Apprentice

Amanda

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE PROGRAM?
The opportunity to continually gain new skills and the guarantee of wage reviews every six months.

WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY AT OPTIMAX LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
Constantly discussing and having hands-on opportunities for all the skills I’m acquiring. I learn something new every day and meet great people along the way.

WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT APPLYING FOR THE PROGRAM?
Make sure you are at a point financially, physically and emotionally where you can dedicate the next three years of your life to your job and schooling. It’s a lot to take in.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AS AN APPRENTICE AT OPTIMAX?

To constantly have hands-on learning, to make a livable wage, and to further my education at no monetary cost to myself.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE POM APPRENTICE PROGRAM?

The fact that I learn something new every day. It allows me to go home feeling accomplished and fulfilled.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Opportunity

POM Apprentice

Travis

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE (POM) APPRENTICE PROGRAM?
Mainly the opportunity for growth and advancement as an employee. I get the chance to see all the different processes that Optimax is capable of and it gives me a better understanding of the company as a whole.

WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY AT OPTIMAX LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
I usually work with a journey worker to learn what they do on an everyday basis.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE SCHOOL AND WORK?
I usually have to coordinate and work an odd shift to make sure I can get my 40 hours and get the classes I need.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THIS POM APPRENTICE PROGRAM?
I will gain my journeyman’s papers and ultimately I will be able to see all the different areas and find potential job opportunities.

WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT APPLYING FOR THE POM APPRENTICE PROGRAM?
Be a sponge. Absorb as much of the information as you can from the guys with up to 40 years of experience that you’ll be working alongside.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Exciting

POM Apprentice

Casey

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE PROGRAM?
I was influenced greatly by my coworkers. Any and everyone urged me to apply because it would be great exposure and beneficial for my career. I was interested in being able to start and produce a product, following it through all the necessary steps to finish it.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS OF COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?

The ability to become fluid within Optimax. This means that I will be able to go and work anywhere that extra help may be needed whenever necessary while becoming a valuable asset to the company itself.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE SCHOOL AND WORK?

We have a lot on our plates and it can get really stressful at times. I have found that what works best for me is staying at school after class to finish all of my homework that same day.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AS AN APPRENTICE AT OPTIMAX?

I feel that the ball is in your court. You create opportunities. It is up to you to decide how far you can and will excel.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE POM APPRENTICE PROGRAM?

Constant change. Although stressful at times, I can guarantee you will never get bored. Learning all of the different operations of this company and the interactions and friendships made along the way make it worth it.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?

Interesting

POM Apprentice

Collin

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE PROGRAM?
Gaining knowledge of the entire manufacturing process.

WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY AT OPTIMAX LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
Fairly normal. As an apprentice, you usually work 7 to 3:30 unless schooling or your journey worker requires you to work at another specific time. Each day comes new challenges with new information and retaining it is one of the most important things.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?
I want to be a certified journey worker as a precision optics manufacturer. I also think it will benefit me to a faster career advancement with the goal of one day becoming a leader.

WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT APPLYING FOR THE PROGRAM?
Be open-minded, flexible, and willing to work hard!

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Create

POM Apprentice

Lindsay

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE PROGRAM?
I wanted the opportunity to work in each area. Staying in one place for too long can give you tunnel vision, I think it’s important to learn from different people, see different points of view and techniques.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?
Advanced skills and knowledge that will help greatly to further my career in manufacturing.

WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT APPLYING FOR THE PROGRAM?
Make sure that you can be flexible. Balancing school, work, and home life can be a challenge. You may be moved around unexpectedly, or be expected to switch shifts on short notice.

WHY DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?

If you are unsure of where your career to Optimax to take you, then you should definitely apply. The apprenticeship program will give you the chance to “try on” different roles.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Auspicious

POM Apprentice

Jeff

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?
I have the opportunity to continue my education and find different opportunities in the company. I will also gain more experience and ultimately be a go-to person when in need.

WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY AT OPTIMAX LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
A day at Optimax is never average because I am always doing something different. I spend some days in one area of the company and then move on to another. I really enjoy working in all the different areas because it allows me to get to know all of my fun co-workers.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE SCHOOL AND WORK?
A simpler way to balance the two is to keep the course load down (1 or 2 classes a semester) and make sure to work on homework right after class.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AS AN APPRENTICE AT OPTIMAX?
I see the whole program as an opportunity because all of the schooling is covered from tuition, books, and parking. In addition, we get to see all of the working parts that make up Optimax through the rotation.

WHY DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?
I think this is a great way to learn about the company start to finish. It’s also great to keep going to school and learning more.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Progressive

POM Apprentice

Ben

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AS AN APPRENTICE AT OPTIMAX?
The main opportunity that I like about the program is being able to interact and meet everyone in the company because you can really see how much people love to work here as you rotate through the areas.

WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY AT OPTIMAX LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
An average day for me at Optimax varies because of the fact that we rotate areas and each area is a little bit different.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE SCHOOL AND WORK?
I balance school and work just by scheduling it accordingly. I usually take all night classes so my work won’t interfere with my school and vice versa. I don’t take a full schedule because I know I would run out of energy. The key is to know your limits and not try to push yourself too much with everything.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?
I hope that when I am done with the program, I will be more of a “floating technician” out on the floor who helps and solves tough jobs.

WHY DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?
I think people should apply for this program because of the fact that you learn something new every single day and that is “lifelong learning”, which is something Optimax strives for with all their employees.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Challenging

POM Apprentice

Jake

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE PROGRAM?
Going through all of the different rotation areas.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?
Learning from all of the areas of the company.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AS AN APPRENTICE AT OPTIMAX?

Tuition gets paid for completely and books and parking are covered as well.

WHY DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?

You get to learn so much.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Success

POM Apprentice

Phil

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE PROGRAM?
The opportunity to learn new abilities and strengthen my career.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?
Becoming a stronger asset to a growing company that values its employees.

WHAT KIND OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT APPLYING FOR THE PROGRAM?
Read all the information given, ask questions, and evaluate if it’s the right step for you. It never hurts to apply and see the process.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE SCHOOL AND WORK?

Looking into classes to be taken, seeing what’s available, and determining what’s going to be the best balance of work, school and free time for that semester.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AS AN APPRENTICE AT OPTIMAX?

Training from some of the most skilled techs in each area, no-cost education, and a reasonably flexible schedule.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Progression

POM Apprentice

Steve

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING THE PROGRAM?
I was intrigued by the accelerated training program, which gets you familiar with every aspect of the precision optics manufacturing process. The 100% college tuition coverage was also a big factor for me.

WHAT DOES AN AVERAGE DAY AT OPTIMAX LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
My days are ever-changing. Apprentices rotate through almost every area of the company, which allows for a wide range of skills to be learned in a relatively short time. My days are primarily spent working alongside a journey worker, who demonstrates the skills necessary to complete manufacturing operations in each area.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE PAYOFFS BY COMPLETING THE PROGRAM?
A more developed understanding of the precision optical manufacturing process, becoming a New York State certified journeyman in precision optics, obtaining my associate’s degree in optical systems technology, and accelerated career advancement.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU AS AN APPRENTICE AT OPTIMAX?

There really is no limit to the opportunities that will become available to you at Optimax. The most important of these are opportunities for accelerated career advancement and wage growth. As you rotate through all of the different areas of the company and learn each aspect of the manufacturing process, more and more career opportunities become accessible.

WHY DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM?

Precision optics is a rapidly growing industry looking for competent, well-trained individuals with the skills necessary to excel in this industry. Anyone interested in learning the ins and outs of the field and is looking for accelerated career advancement should apply.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE POM APPRENTICE PROGRAM?

The people. As you rotate through, you get to meet a lot of incredibly knowledgeable people who are always willing to go above and beyond to make sure you have a good understanding of the wide variety of manufacturing concepts and processes that are integrated here.

IN ONE WORD, WHAT DOES OPTICS MANUFACTURING MEAN TO YOU?
Science

Engineering Leadership Program

About the Program

The Engineering and Manufacturing Leadership Rotation Program lets new employees of Optimax try out entry-level engineering roles that rotate through different areas of the company in three-month intervals. Rotations are highly technical and include hands-on projects in the fields of:

Application engineering •  Manufacturing engineering

Mechanical engineering •  Optical engineering •  Operations

Program management •  Thin film coating engineering

Types of Engineering Degrees

Mechanical • Optical • Chemical • Industrial • Ceramic

Engineer Career Development Path

We are looking for innovative, hard-working and knowledgeable engineers who are ready to hit the ground running. Participants will learn hands-on the ins and outs of a growing optics manufacturing company and develop a career.

Optimax Engineering Leadership Program

Don’t take our word for it… hear from some of our current Engineering and Manufacturing Leadership Program participants:

Manufacturing Engineer

Michael Gregory

How did you start working at Optimax?
I actually learned about Optimax through friends. I started as an engineering intern and was brought on full time once I graduated.

What is one of the most valuable things you have learned from being at Optimax?
How to interact and work with people – building those meaningful relationships with other team members is what increases my chances of success. Fortunately, the culture here at Optimax makes building genuine relationships effortlessly.

How would you describe the rotational aspect of the program?
The rotational aspect of the program is most appealing because you gain exposure and training in all aspects of the company. This extensive and diverse experience opens many future opportunities, and the training I receive keeps me engaged and interested.

Would you recommend the rotational program to other engineers?
Absolutely. The variety of hands-on work gives you a head start, and the position will offer you the robust foundation needed to be successful in this company.

Education:Rochester Institute of Technology

Degree:Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics

Year:2014

Manufacturing Engineer

Steve Powers

How did you start working at Optimax?
Completely by coincidence – in high school, I was supposed to participate in a job shadow to learn about equipment, but I was sent to Optimax and never left.

What is one of the most valuable things you’ve learned from being at Optimax?
Working here has given me hands-on experience – from implementing applications to working as part of a team with people of different mindsets and skill sets. It’s helped me build a solid foundation for my career.

How would you describe the rotational aspect of the program?
Making optics always has been and always will be an art form. Rotating to the different areas of the shop allows you to see all of the various ways of doing things.

Would you recommend the rotational program to other engineers?
Yes. This program helps you discover which engineering role is the best fit for you within Optimax. The hands-on experience gained from this program prepares you to take on the real-life challenges of any job.

Education:University of Rochester

Degree:Bachelor of Science in Optical Engineering

Year:2014

IMT Apprenticeship

Industrial Manufacturing Technician

The Industrial Manufacturing Technician registered apprenticeship provides participants with the knowledge and competencies needed in the advanced manufacturing environment.

The 18-month apprenticeship trains workers to:

  • Set up, operate, monitor, and control production equipment
  • Help improve manufacturing processes and schedules to meet customer requirements
  • Understand manufacturing as a business system that integrates multiple disciplines, processes, and stakeholders
  • Efficiently and safely manage raw materials and consumables

 

Topics

Each IMT will complete three six month rotations to complete their 18 months, in addition to related coursework. Rotations will be customized to each IMT and will provide qualifications needed to start a career in advanced manufacturing at Optimax.

Preparing the next generation of opticians for a rewarding, long-term career in advanced manufacturing.
Areas
  • Safety & Workplace (100 hours)
  • Production Equipment Set-up (500 hours)
  • Production Equipment Operation (900 hours)
  • Quality Production & Assurance (700 hours)
  • Routine Equipment Maintenance (100 hours)
  • Inventory & Material Processes (100 hours)
  • General Business Knowledge (50 hours)
  • Continuous Improvement (100 hours)
  • Customized Options (150 hours)
Specific Topic Areas
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Technical Drawings
  • Math
  • Metrology
  • Manufacturing Production & Processes Module
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Tools & Equipment
  • Emerging Trends and Technologies in Manufacturing
Qualifications

Application – apply and complete an interview process, including aptitude tests
Education – must have a High School Diploma or GED

Education

In addition to the rotations, each IMT must take classes from a community college such as machine shop and print reading. Tuition costs are covered by Optimax in full.

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If you need assistance or additional information to apply, please contact our Human Resources Department at HR_Staffing@optimaxsi.com

Optimax Systems, Inc. (Optimax) must comply with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) issued by the United States Department of State, Department of Defense Trade Controls. Because of ITAR, the company must limit employment opportunities to the following eligible categories, (1) a citizen or national of the U.S., (2) a lawful permanent resident, (3) citizen admitted as a refugee, or (4) citizen who has been granted asylum.
Optimax is committed to equal opportunity for all, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. Optimax will make reasonable accommodations for known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified employees and applicants with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business.
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