Lead Technician

6764 Airport Rd
West Jordan, UT 84084


Bert Sadtler
Boxwood Strategies
(410) 274-6707


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Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, Optisys is a groundbreaking antenna technology company, fusing novel RF design with metal additive manufacturing to generate unique, highly integrated and market leading solutions.

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Optisys excels at rapidly developed, customized, high performance antenna designs in metal waveguide for global customers that include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, L-3Harris and General Dynamics. Optisys serves a broad range of market segments from sea to deep space, with many deployments in all these areas. These solutions are produced for the commercial, defense and government sectors.

Optisys is a turn-key solutions provider offering components or full system development and has a full vertically integrated process from design through manufacturing. This enables engineers to see their designs through the whole development process from design through production, test, and deployment.

Optisys is the only successful US-based design specialist for antennas produced using metal 3D printing. We currently have around 30 employees and are on a very rapid growth tract due to an enormous influx of customers and IRAD for new technology.

Optisys solves unique problems that provide the opportunity for strong engineers to have full engagement and express their creativity and ingenuity through exciting and groundbreaking new concepts and solutions.

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Summary for Lead Technician 

Optisys is maturing and growing. As our business is expanding, we are seeking a Lead Technician as Optisys doubles in size and production capabilities. Optisys is pushing the envelope of what can be done with additive manufacturing.

The Optisys Lead Technician is responsible improving the shop performance of Optisys Processes as the company grows with a focus on critical processes for Dev Units, Low-Rate Production and outsourcing Production. This role is an excellent opportunity to apply Master Craftsman skills as Optisys doubles in size. 

This is a new role, due to the exponential increase in design work, specifically in electromagnetic antenna design. This role is located at the Optisys HQ in Salt Lake City, UT and reports to the Director of Operations. 

This is an excellent opportunity to join an expanding company that produces the leading edge of a metal 3D printed solution.


Duties and Responsibilities 

Master Craftsman for Optisys niche processes.

Become a Subject Matter Expert on the Optisys Production Processes that produce Engineering Development Models (EDM) Prototypes; First Articles and Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Units

Perform Optisys Processes including the critical operations of: print; clean/pot/bond/lap and torque.

Responsible for Attention to Production Details.  This includes Safety/ FOD Reduction/ Shop Cleanliness,5-S and ordering Supplies.

Dedicated to driving the shop floor activities as the Production Manager delegate.

Maintain project documentation.  This includes in-process Epicor recording, closing out Production Jobs and capturing data from the mfg processes.

Resolve Production related Problems.

Facilitate new Process capabilities and capacities.

Improve Production Operations with LEAN/ Kaizen Events

Be an effective Team Player.

Some Travel may be required.


Current US Citizenship or Current Permanent Green Card Holder

5 to 10 Years of Aerospace Experience / Production Shop Experience

Demonstrated expertise in Production product data and computer systems.  This includes Engineering Drawings with GD&T/ Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)-shop interface / Methods of Manufacture and Work Instructions.

Experienced at successfully performing shop processes to produce Aerospace products. (Good with your hands, mechanically inclined.  Good at metal work.)

Proven abilities to lead continuous quality improvements implemented in Production Processes.  Lean/5-S/6-Sigma are a plus.

Applicants must posses good work ethics and be disciplined to stay away from personal distractions.

Must be able to pass a drug screen and background check.

Self-starter who proactively looks for opportunities to add value to the company.

Geographic Location

This role is located at the OPTISYS Salt Lake offices. A relocation package is available.

OPTISYS Culture 

Optisys is a close-knit team of highly motivated individuals who all share the same aspirations of ensuring Optisys becomes a global power in RF technology.

We thrive on a culture of ingenuity, passion, and collaboration, and due to the nature of the product we develop you will be interfacing with all levels of the company regularly.

Top Priorities During the First 6 Months: 

Learn Optisys Production Processes. (1 Month)

Become an expert in Optisys QMS/Document Management System
(2 Months) This includes Engineering Drawings/ Enterprise Resource Planning-shop interface / Work Instructions etc.

As coordinated with the Production Manager, identify the top 5 Production Line Problems. Create an Action Plan to resolve the Production Problems. (3 months)

Train/Mentor shop floor personnel on performing per Optisys documented Processes. Select 3 focus areas and complete training within 4 months.

Successfully implement 3 LEAN/Kaizen/5-S Events (Months 3 to 6)

Utilize Epicor Metric Reports to improve Production Throughput and On-Time Delivery by ___% (6 Months)


The annual On-Target base salary range is between $50K-$60K paid hourly at $25-$30/hr
There is an annual bonus based on performance.
The pay cycle is every other week.

The Recruitment Process

OPTISYS has retained Boxwood to conduct a different kind of recruitment. We have selected Boxwood because we are believers in Boxwood’s unique approach to candidate selection and qualification.  While this process is different, we feel that it genuinely offers both candidates and the company the best opportunity to get to know each other at a deeper level than is typical with the conventional interview approach.

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To Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are first asked to view the Boxwood short video and thoroughly review the detailed position description. Interested and qualified candidates should then APPLY HERE 

OPTISYS’s Benefits Summary 

Schedule: Full-Time, flexible hours

Paid Time Off: 4 weeks including sick leave

Holidays: 8 standard holidays

Insurance: BCBS, Dental, Eye

Retirement: 401K

Relocation: Negotiated

Other: Tuition reimbursement

Executive Leadership

Douglas Alford, Director of Operations & Hiring Manager

Doug has 30 years of Aerospace Operations Management experience including living a decade in Europe and Asia.  His expertise is building Teams and Production Lines to delivery Aerospace Products with an emphasize on final integration, test, delivery and support.  He is responsible for the people, paper (documentation) and processes to make Optisys Products.  He leads Quality including Root Cause, Corrective and Preventive Actions.  He is passionate about Continuous Process Improvements with LEAN, 6 Sigma, 5-S, Agile and Scrum!  Doug manages the Operations life cycle from Engineering Development Models through, Low Rate and Full Production including out-sourced capacity.

Janos Opra, CEO

Janos Opra has 17 years of experience in military communications systems ranging from RF engineer to business development to leadership. He has won multiple new business opportunities by coordinating with engineers, program management, and end users to develop products. These products had a market segment of over $100 million. Mr. Opra has a wide variety of industry contacts from his time spent in the aerospace industry. He has worked directly with high level military planners to establish project requirements and CONOPs for multimillion dollar hardware platforms and their supporting software.

Robert Smith, COO  (Hiring Manager)

Robert Smith has 23 years of experience designing and analyzing equipment and RF components to MIL-STD requirements and is an expert in metal additive manufacturing. For the past 4 years, he has focused his expertise on AM with an emphasis on aluminum RF components. With Optisys, Mr. Smith focuses on overseeing the design and fabrication of antenna products, pushing into new territory in metal AM processes.

Clinton Cathey, CSO

Clinton Cathey has 18 years of engineering experience, with the last 13 years of experience in communications systems ranging from ME/EE engineer to project lead. At Optisys, Mr. Cathey leads the company and provides technical and management direction. He is a preeminent expert in antennas and motion controls with specializations in pointing and tracking systems. His focus has been with industrial automation through airborne and shipboard motion stabilized and target tracking gimbals. He is an IEEE Senior Member and is an inventor on multiple patents related to tracking and SATCOM antennas

Michael Hollenbeck, CTO

Michael Hollenbeck has 14 years of experience designing and analyzing antenna and RF components for commercial and military communication systems. At Optisys, he designs cutting edge RF and antenna components using AM and provides technical direction for the company. Mr. Hollenbeck has led numerous projects, including design and simulation of complex RF components such as waveguide, antennas, arrays, and filters to critical success. He has worked on iterative designs to produce RF products in the 1-100 GHz (3-300 mm) ranges.

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