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Join a team that designs, develops and integrates highly complex systems for space within Honeywell Aerospace. As a Lead Optical Systems Engineer you will part of a team that specializes in the design, development and manufacturing of novel, state-of-the-art optical instruments for military, space and commercial applications, including Earth observation, atmospheric monitoring, space situational awareness, space science, and optical communications. You will be integral in creating system solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers. You will be involved in every aspect of the systems life cycle; from the front end of business development through product end of life.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical leadership on optical instrument development programs as part of a highly engaged and integrated engineering team involved in all aspects of design, assembly and test activities
  • Design and analysis of end-to-end optical systems for space, including defining system architectures and system requirements to meet customer requirements, defining and selecting appropriate designs through leading trade studies, and developing system-level models and performing simulation and analysis to ensure end-to-end performance requirements are met
  • Develop system level and sub-system level requirements and specification documents working with the optical, electrical and mechanical design teams
  • Develop program level documentation according to space agency standards (ie. Canadian Space Agency, NASA and ESA).
  • Leading design verification activities
  • Writing proposals and white papers
  • Providing technical support to business development activities, including customer briefings and conference presentations
  • Technical readiness and risk analysis assessments

The Honeywell building is a controlled goods program environment. Candidates must be eligible for CGP clearance.  


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Applied Science
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant system design experience in a systems engineering lead/technical lead role


  • Advanced degree in engineering or applied science
  • A strong background in leading optical instrument design activities, including optical, mechanical and electrical engineering aspects
  • Familiar with space instrument design considerations and standards, including grounding, cleanliness, and material selection and the associated environmental conditions, including thermal, vibration, shock and radiation
  • An understanding of optical design and test methods and familiarity with optical design software
  • A strong grasp of optical, mechanical, electrical and software elements and their interactions within complex systems
  • Experience using system level simulation tools, such as MATLAB
  • Experience using requirements management tools, such as DOORS
  • The ability to manage technical teams with engineers, scientists, and technicians from multiple disciplines
  • Knowledge of the system development lifecycle
  • Individuals that quickly analyze, incorporate and apply new information and concepts
  • Individuals who are self-motivated and able to work with little supervision, who consistently take the initiative to get things done
  • The ability to adapt as dictated by project changes
  • The ability to simultaneously manage a variety of complicated tasks
  • A results-oriented and structured problem-solving approach
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to effectively communication technical information across different levels of the organization and externally

Accommodation is available upon request for applicants with disabilities under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Additional Information

  • JOB ID: req257380
  • Category: Engineering
  • Location: 303 Terry Fox Dr,Ottawa,Ontario,K2K 3J1,Canada
  • Exempt
Engineering (GLOBAL)


Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (HTSI) offers world-class competencies in management, space systems and services, engineering, logistics, information technology and testing and calibration. We provide value, expertise, competitive pricing and the highest quality standards available. Our customers can expect proven leadership processes, technical excellence and cost management. We offer more than just connections…we offer solutions.

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