Optical Technician – KiwiStar Optics

Callaghan Innovation’s purpose is to accelerate the commercialisation of innovation by New Zealand businesses. Our focus is to encourage and support businesses to turn their ideas into new products, services and processes faster, and to connect them to the technical services, talent, markets and funding. KiwiStar Optics is a division of Callaghan Innovation who have the ability to design and manufacture optics and their mechanical housings, and the assembly and precision alignment of optical systems. KiwiStar’s projects are often astronomy focussed and can range from optical equipment in the some of the world’s largest telescopes, through to high-resolution spectrographs.

As an Optical Technician, you will work as part of a highly specialist team in the fabrication and testing of optical grade glass, ceramics and crystals for the astronomy industry. This involves taking a products design and then fabricating all optical and non-optical components. This encompasses use of a 5-axis CNC Milling machine, as well as grinding and polishing machines, callipers and micrometres etc. This is a highly satisfying role, where you are involved in the project from CAD/CAM stage, through to final test assembly and verification, this is a rare opportunity to see the finished product and result of your hard work.

To be suitable for this position, you will need the following attributes/experience:

  • Significant experience in manufacturing and testing of optics and optical components
  • Ability and experience to fabricate glass to optical standards
  • Proven experience with CNC milling/machining, ideally with 5-axis machines
  • CAD experience, ideally Solidworks is essential
  • Working Knowledge of CAM packages would be highly desired
  • Friendly, positive, team work orientated individual

Callaghan Innovation is a leading organisation and this is a unique opportunity for someone to join one of the most innovative companies in New Zealand. The incumbent will be rewarded with challenging and unique projects in the astronomy industry, an excellent team working environment and competitive remuneration.

If you are interested in this excellent position, then please apply by clicking on the relevant button. Alternatively, if you would like to know more before applying then please contact Luke Atkinson on 0800 171 000, +64 (0)472 6558 if calling internationally or luke@trs.co.nz –  For more information on Callaghan Innovation, or KiwiStar Optics, please visit www.callaghaninnovation.govt.nz or www.kiwistaroptics.com

Note: If this vacancy is not exactly what you are seeking, then please contact me in confidence to discuss your individual requirements.