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Mechanical Engineer

Company: Thorlabs
Location: Ann Arbor
Posted on: May 11, 2022

Job Description:

Job Description:

Opto-Electronic Manufacturing Engineer

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, fiber optics, and high-reliability hermetic processes. Will act as critical interface between engineering and production. Must be familiar with designing and implementing automated production fixtures and documenting assembly and testing processes.

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

  • Responsible for all production and test equipment (acquisition and maintenance)
  • Responsible for transferring new products to production (work closely with development)
  • Development of new manufacturing fixtures and processes
  • 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
    Qualifications

    Experience:
    • 5 years experience (min) in similar opto-electronics manufacturing engineering role working with fiber optics and precision assembly equipment.
      Education:
      • 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 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
        • Excellent written and oral communication
        • Must enjoy interacting with all members of staff
        • Must be a hands-on , get-it-done personality
          Company Profile

          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.

          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:
          This is a full time, salaried, staff position at the Thorlabs UFO division in Ann Arbor, MI. This person will be responsible for all aspects of hardware mechanical design as they relate to the development & manufacturing of new products. This includes the conceptualization and implementation of new designs, as well as hands-on support for the manufacturing of hermetic photonics products. This position requires someone with broad design interests that operates well in a fast-paced, start-up like environment.

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

          Provide full mechanical design support for new product development
          This includes thermal and stress models and evaluations, mostly in SolidWorks.
          Design and develop hermetic and high-reliability opto-electronic packages
          Support manufacturing engineering functions for all products
          This includes fixturing and automation of manual processes
          Design products suitable for lean manufacturing techniques
          Verify & test product designs with theoretical models and simulations
          Specify & purchase all mechanical parts; interact with vendors
          Design and deploy fixturing for both development and manufacturing functions
          This includes full mechanical support through the NPI process
          Maintain documentation for the product development process in ERP
          This includes creating and maintaining official title block drawings
          Coordinate mechanical designs with optical and electrical requirements
          Interact with local and remote machine shops for production services
          Create assembly and test work instructions
          Additional Skills & Experience:

          Expert with mechanical design software (e.g. AutoCad, Solidworks)
          Experience with FEA modelling for thermal and/or stress analysis
          Design of opto-mechanical components for laser applications
          Comfortable with fusion of optical, electrical, and mechanical design elements
          Candidate must be detail oriented, highly organized, & able to document work
          Candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills
          Comfortable in start-up type environment; self-motivated individual
          Education:

          BS or MS in mechanical engineering or related field
          Professional SolidWorks Training
          Any other pertinent certifications in mechanical design
          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.

Keywords: Thorlabs, Ann Arbor , Mechanical Engineer, Engineering , Ann Arbor, Michigan

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