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Mechanical Engineer for Advanced Hardware/Subsystem Development

At SA Photonics, we specialize in the design, development and manufacturing of complex, state-of-the-art communications, vision and mechanical systems for military, space and commercial applications.  Our products and technologies include coherent optical communication systems for fiber, free-space and underwater applications, active thermal networking systems, energy harvesting systems, and head mounted display systems for military applications.

SA Photonics has a small team of highly experienced engineers and scientists.   We are currently looking for a Mechanical Engineer to join our team.  Responsibilities include:

  • Expertise in the Design of Mechanical hardware and subsystems for free space optical communication systems and head mounted display systems.
  • Design of mechanical hardware and systems for traditional linear/rotary generator and advanced material (piezo, thermoelectric, and electromagnetic) energy harvesting subsystems.
  • Design and analysis of hardware for harsh conditions including high dynamic and thermal environments.
  • Specifying and evaluating mechanical hardware including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Engineering materials
    • Energy harvesting technologies
    • Temperature control systems
    • Automated and manual Motion control systems
  • Laboratory validation and testing of test setups, breadboard and prototype subsystems.
  • Writing proposals and technical reports related to mechanical engineering topics/programs.

  The successful candidate will have most, if not all, of the following qualities/experience:

  • Strong knowledge of mechanical hardware development
  • Strong knowledge of thermal control and thermal analysis.
  • Excellent hands-on and laboratory skills in building, testing and validation of optical subsystems, and thermal and dynamic subassemblies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Precision Optics Mount designs and Fiber Optic systems design experience a plus.
  • Design for production hardware experience a plus
  • Self-motivated and self-directed individual


SA Photonics is headquartered in Los Gatos, California and this will be a full-time regular position for the Los Gatos office. SA Photonics provides competitive salaries, an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), a comprehensive benefit package, and a matching 401k.  Our employees enjoy our small teams of very motivated engineers, working on state-of-the art projects.


Due to the nature of much of the work we do, this position is restricted to U.S. Citizens or permanent residents only.

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