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Optical Engineer Job

We Light the Way!


Acuity Brands (NYSE: AYI) is transforming the lighting industry. We take pride in our 12,000 employees, and they take pride in working with the best in the industry.  Join a team committed to lighting the way to a more brilliant, connected, and productive world.  Individually we are talented, but together we are unstoppable.  

About This Team and Role:

As LED technology rapidly evolves, Acuity Brands with more than 35 years experience developing innovative award winning lighting products is adding talented individuals to our staff.  We are looking for an Illumination Engineer to play a prominent role in its new product design and R&D activities.  This position is located in Des Plaines, Illinois or Decatur, GA and will report to the Director of Light Sources and Optics.   The position of Illumination Engineer has responsibility for optical design and evaluation across all architectural brands Acuity product offering.  Interaction with brand managers and various engineering disciplines to develop products with integrated optical systems is a key component of this position.  In addition to design; evaluation and specification publication of our illumination systems are also elements of this position.


Optical design technologies include reflector, TIR, lens, and hybrid systems which are designed and verified using optical and 3D CAD software.  Utilizing forward thinking reflective, refractive and diffusion techniques our systems often require multiple beam spreads.  Design collaboration in a cross functional team atmosphere to develop world class products in an accelerated timeframe while meeting product definitions for performance, quality, reliability and cost effectiveness is a major element of this role.  Collaboration with other on/off site team members as well as vendors offers the opportunity to contribute to multiple methods of product development.

Requirements of the Role:

  • Design knowledge of primarily non-imaging optics, light pipes, color mixing optics and diffusers
  • Experience with LightTools optical simulation tool or other similar tools (Photopia, etc.)
  • Understanding of how optics are produced (such as spinning, molding, etc), optic materials and finishing properties, and relative tooling & production costs
  • Ability to work well within a small group as well as larger cross functional teams.
  • Microsoft office proficiency is required
  • Strong communicator with the ability to read, write, speak & understand English
  • Strong vendor or supplier level experience is needed to insure the company is in line with future industry trends & developments

Nice to have experience:

  • 2D & 3D design software (AutoCAD and SolidWorks)
  • Familiarity with LED vendors and their product line
  • Hands on design experience in LED/Source selection, connectors, drivers, heat sinks, etc. is also desired
  • Design and compliance knowledge per LM79, LM80, Energy Star Luminaire Standard, and DLC
  • Hands on test experience and familiarity with the optical test equipment including Goniophotometers and Integrating Spheres

Qualified Applicants will have:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics, Optical Engineering or equivalent Engineering discipline from an ABET accredited university, or equivalent experience
  • 1+ years of experience in designing optical systems for LED light fixtures
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally if/when needed


We invite you to apply today to join us as We Light the Way to a Brilliant, Productive, and Connected World!


Please utilize the internal career site to apply if you are a current employee at Acuity Brands. 


We value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regards to race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, ethnicity or national origin, disability, pregnancy, religion, covered veteran status, protected genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

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Accommodation for Applicants with Disabilities:  As an equal opportunity employer, Acuity Brands is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in its application process for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans. If you have difficulty using our online system due to a disability and need an accommodation, you may contact us at (770) 922-9000.  Please clearly indicate what type of accommodation you are requesting and for what requisition. 


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Req ID:  1983

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

Job Segment: Optics Engineering, Engineer, CAD, Drafting, Database, Engineering, Technology

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