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Optical Engineer Intern (Hilton Head, SC)

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.


Job Title: Optical Engineer Intern (Hilton Head, SC)

Job Location: Hilton Head, SC

Position Purpose

The Optical Engineering Intern is an integral member of the ILS Hilton Head Engineering team. This individual will provide design and critical manufacturing support of specialty Phosphate and Silicate glass, under the guidance of a more senior engineer.

This entry-level position requires the individual to have a well-rounded background with specific focus in materials science and/or chemisty. He / she must possess the ability to work with melt room personnel and provide technical guidance and assist with manufacturing tasks as necessary.

Essential Functions:

  • Ability and willingess to work safely around very hot furnaces and ovens.
    • Precision batching of rare-earth element doped glass
    • Complete and present and engineering and production test reports
    • Create work instructions and technical drawings
    • Back-up department lead as required
    • Support engineering lead of the department
    • Support the production team with glass melting and processing tasks
    • Troubleshoot issues with glass operations as needed.
    • Recommend design improvements for failure prevention and yield improvements.
    • Responsible for ensuring that specified quality standards are met for all tasks completed.
    • Demonstrates ethical and professional behavior in accordance with company values
    • Performs job duties in a manner that maintains compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations, policies and procedures
    • All other assignments as required


  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Materials Science

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to stand for long periods of time
  • Able to lift 50 Lbs
  • Ability to be respirator certified
  • Possess good hand-eye coordination
  • Proven history of reliable attendance
  • Possess exceptional communication (both oral and written) and listening skills.
  • Detail oriented, and possess the ability to make timely decisions
  • Willing to take on new projects and learn additional aspects of the operation
  • Possess exceptional communication (both oral and written) and listening skills, with a strong orientation to details, and the ability to make quick, informed decisions.
  • Must be able to effectively flow down system requirements into a system test plan.
  • Ability to make design review presentations to technical audiences including engineering, manufacturing personnel and management team members.
  • Proven success in a fast paced development and manufacturing environment and possess a willingness to take ownership, accept accountability, and thrive under pressure.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be a US Citizen or US Person as defined by ITAR.
  • Able to work weekends and evenings as required to meet company objectives.

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

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