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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

Skills and Education

We believe in attitude over aptitude, and that with the right attitude and basic skills you can develop and create value. Do your skills and education match what we are looking for?

Reference the chart to see where you would best fit.

Skills / Jobs








(Trig, Geometry, Algebra)

Hand/Eye Coordination
(Gear heads, Mechanics)

(Musicians, Chefs, Artists)

(Microsoft Office, Gamers)

(Attention to detail)

Majors / Jobs








(Manufacturing, Mechanical, Industrial)

Precision Machining

(Optical Science, Machining, Systems Tech.)



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.

Types of Engineering Degrees

Mechanical • Optical • Chemical • Industrial • Ceramic


3-6 Months

Introductory Training – During this time you will work alongside highly trained opticians in a training cell on the manufacturing floor, learning hands-on how to grind and polish optics.

.5 - 1.5 Years

Halfway Point – You will have completed four rotations and have touched all of the major manufacturing areas, learning the different techniques and optics made at Optimax.

1.5 - 3 Years

Final Year – Now that you have learned about the manufacturing areas, you will spend your final rotations in specialty areas, such as:

  • Coating
  • Quality
  • R&D

Project Management / Leadership

At Optimax, you will be given the opportunity to develop your leadership skills and manage projects working alongside opticians and engineers that are some of the most experienced in their fields.

The program also includes:

  • Classroom training courses
  • Mentoring
  • Customer trips
  • Networking events
  • Job shadowing

Program Completion

Once you have completed the program, you will have hands-on experience and valuable insight to the ins and outs of working in manufacturing. Upon completion, you will work with your supervisor to decide in which area you will work best.

Jobs at Optimax

  • Sales
  • Quality
  • Manufacturing
  • Coating
  • R & D
  • Team Leader
  • Group Leader

Optimax Engineering Leadership Program Participants

Don’t take our word for it… click the pictures to 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


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


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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.