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CNC Technician I

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

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.

Thorlabs encourages its employees to grow during their time with the organization by providing several benefits. Our benefits include full tuition assistance, internal advancement opportunities, health insurance (Thorlabs pays up to 75%), eye care and dental, 401k, and several wellness programs.


Job Description

This position is responsible for prepping part to be ground and polished with CNC equipment as well operating the CNC equipment.

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

  • Perform basic CNC operation including grinding, polishing, surfacing, cleaning and inspection
  • Make adjustments to established CNC programs with minimal supervision
  • Select and adjust tooling changes as needed with minimal supervision
  • Read and understand spec sheets, blue prints, work orders and work instructions
  • Perform visual inspections of optics for defects related to fabrication.
  • Perform optical tests including interferometry and profilometer tests to determine optical quality
  • Perform cleaning operations to keep work area machinery maintained
  • Complies with safety regulations and maintains clean and orderly work areas.
  • Keeps supervisor apprised of unresolved and/or potential problems that would negatively affect production.




  • 1 year minimum experience in conventional optics manufacturing
  • Manual Machine shop milling and turning experience is a plus
  • Understand all aspects of blue prints



  • High School diploma or equivalent required, AA or BA/BS degree is desirable


Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Good manual dexterity
  • Proficient math skills
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Good communication skills
  • Blue print reading
  • Analytical troubleshooting / problem solving
  • Basic computer skills, including familiarity and use of Microsoft Office applications
  • Decision making
  • Good hand / eye coordination


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.


20 July 2022
19 August 2022
High School
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors