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Opto-electronics Manufacturing Engineer

Thorlabs, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, 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 Approximately 2,300 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

This Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for all aspects of process engineering to support all products produced at Thorlabs-UFO. Must be familiar with opto-electronic products, precision assembly, and high-reliability hermetic processes. Will act as critical interface between engineering and production. Must be familiar with designing and implementing automated production fixtures.

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

  • Responsible for all production and test equipment
  • Development of new processes as required
  • Design, implement, and procure new production equipment as needed
  • Interpret product requirements for production processes
  • Provide feedback to engineering for new product development
  • Assist production staff with process documentation
  • Responsible for product qualification equipment and testing procedures
  • Resident expert for hermetic sealing processes
  • Training of assemblers where required on new processes
  • Responsible for maintaining all production equipment in calibration
  • Interact with vendors to specify and install new equipment
  • Assist production staff as required from time to time


The Company retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position


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.


Job Requirements



  • 5 years’ experience in similar opto-electronics manufacturing engineering role working with precision assembly equipment



  • AS or BS in engineering or equivalent


Desired Skills:

  • Expertise with micro-assembly equipment:
    e.g. pick & place, wire-bonders, precision alignment, hermetic sealing
  • Must be able to work to do extended work under stereo-microscopes
  • Expertise with optical and electronic test equipment
  • Familiar with LEAN production process floor setup and flow
  • Experience with fiber-optics


14 November 2023
14 December 2023
Bachelor's Degree
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors