Optical Design Engineer

Job Description

Eaton’s Electrical Product Group is seeking an Optical Design Engineer for its Crouse-Hinds Division Airport Lighting Business.  The Optical Design Engineer position will be located at its Windsor, CT facility.

Position Overview:

The position of Optical Design Engineer will report to the Director of Engineering and be a subject matter expert for the optical performance of the airport lighting product lines. The successful candidate will be responsible for continuing development of Crouse-Hinds light fixtures, signs, and other products with optical components.  The candidate should be experienced in LightTools and other related design tools for optical engineering.   The successful candidate will be a key resource for the ALP Engineering team in helping to innovate our LED and incandescent based products for the next generation of airfield lighting applications.


Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each and every day. It’s where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential—and where you can help us reach ours.

In this position, you will:
  • Design and develop new optical solutions for products to meet internal and external customer requirements for advancement of the airfield product lines.
  • Support obsolescence management and refinements to existing products to maintain competitiveness of the existing product lines.
  • Collaborate across engineering disciplines and other functions of the business to ensure products meet schedule, budget, performance and Design for Manufacturability (DFM) objectives.
  • Lead the optical quality testing and product certification strategies for all new and existing products.
  • Be responsible for ensuring the completion of comprehensive design reviews, design analysis & documentation, qualification and validation testing of work output to meet, program/project requirements, specifications, quality/reliability, and successful product release.
  • Support all aspects of product introduction and manufacturing as needed.
  • Maintain technical leadership skills in subject area through ongoing self-training and company assigned training.
  • Travel domestically and internationally as required for customer meetings, to participate in industry standards meetings, and installation and/or commissioning of products.

Eaton has announced its intent to spinoff its Lighting Business into publicly traded company (“SpinCo”).  This transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2019 and this position is expected to remain with SpinCo.   The compensation and benefits that will initially be offered for this position are based on Eaton’s plans, programs and practices.  The Lighting Business is in the process of developing its total rewards philosophy, strategy and structure, including the design of its benefits and annual and long-term incentive plans that will take effect when SpinCo becomes a publicly traded company. If you are offered and accept this position and are actively employed by the Lighting Business when SpinCo becomes an independent, publicly traded company, you will be eligible to participate in SpinCo’s compensation, health, welfare, and retirement benefit plans and programs and should have no expectations that SpinCo’s plans and programs will mirror or be substantially similar to Eaton’s. 


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Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from accredited institution

  • Minimum of 4 years in an optical or photonics engineering role, specifically illumination & lighting products design

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the US without company sponsorship   

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering, with an Optical or Physics concentration preferred

  • Experience designing highly specified illumination patterns

  • Familiarity with LED and incandescent source illumination design including thermal and reliability management

  • System design experience satisfying color requirements for illumination or display applications

  • Experience using mechanical design tools such as SolidWorks and/or AutoCAD

  • Familiarity with airfield lighting systems and specifications including FAA, TP312, and ICAO.

Position Criteria:
  • Experience designing illumination systems to specific brightness and beam shape requirements

  • Working knowledge of color science and design

  • Must be able to drive a product from initial specifications into design, prototype, verification and qualification testing, support pilot runs and maintain the product post release

  • Computer literate and familiar with the following: MS Office tools (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SAP)

  • Specific experience with optical system simulation tools such as LightTools

  • Ability to wear all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required and comply with all Eaton Safety policies

  • Must be able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in English

  • Must be able to work with all levels within the organization

  • Ability to work effectively within a matrix organization. 


We make what matters work. Everywhere you look—from the technology and machinery that surrounds us, to the critical services and infrastructure that we depend on every day—you’ll find one thing in common. It all relies on power. That’s why Eaton is dedicated to improving people’s lives and the environment with power management technologies that are more reliable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Because this is what matters. We are confident we can deliver on this promise because of the attributes that our employees embody. We’re ethical, passionate, accountable, efficient, transparent and we’re committed to learning. These values enable us to tackle some of the toughest challenges on the planet, never losing sight of what matters.

Job: Engineering

Region: North America – US/Puerto Rico
Organization: EPG CHD ALP Airport Lighting Products

Job Level: Individual Contributor
Schedule: Full-time
Is remote work (i.e. working from home or another Eaton facility) allowed for this position?: No
Does this position offer relocation?: Relocation from within hiring country only
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time