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Sr. Maintenance Technician, Thin Film Coating

Thorlabs, Inc., Newton, NJ, United States
Employer Description

Founded in 1989, Thorlabs seeks to accelerate the forward movement of scientific discovery and advancement! As a vertically integrated manufacturer of photonics components, instruments, and systems, our vast product portfolio includes over 20,000 items, ranging from optics and optomechanical positioning components to imaging systems, many of which are customer inspired.

Photonics is the foremost technology driving innovation in science and engineering. As the number of technological innovations has grown, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments.

Headquartered in Newton, NJ, Thorlabs has grown to over 1800 employees with manufacturing and sales offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, China, and Brazil. As light-based technologies push into new markets, Thorlabs plans to enter early with the products and services required to ensure the ultimate success of our customers.

Job Description

Maintain mechanical equipment, control and automation systems, electronic, plumbing and pneumatic equipment used in thin film coating production.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

  • The key role is to ensure that developing and performing effective preventive maintenance procedures to avoid equipment failures.
  • Responsible for maintenance, assemble and test vacuum equipment
  • Perform regular inspections to identify and correct equipment malfunctions, repairs and replacements.
  • Analyze root causes of equipment failures and propose corrective actions
  • Read and understand technical manuals and drawings for equipment operations and maintenances.
  • Maintain documentation of equipment maintenance and repair procedures for future reference procedures.
  • Develop cost reduction initiatives by effective utilization of materials and resources.
  • Demonstrated success in developing others, building a successful team, facilitating change, aligning performance to company values. Provide training and technical support to coating lab technicians, engineers and maintenance team.
  • Complies with safety regulations and maintain clean and orderly work areas.



  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a similar and progressive position with vacuum equipment maintenance experience.
  • Mechanical, electrical work experience
  • Strong experience Maintaining and repairing coating equipment.


  • Minimum High School Diploma required or equivalent

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong sense of ownership and work ethic, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Strong ability to work well in a group atmosphere, and comply with high quality standards.

Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.

03 May 2022
02 June 2022
High School
Advanced Manufacturing