Manufacturing Engineer - Automation of High-Power Diode Manufacturing | Coherent

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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Position Location: 
Tucson, AZ
Job Description: 

The Manufacturing Engineer – Automation is responsible for Coherent|DILAS automated stations in all manufacturing groups. This includes the design and build of new stations, the improvement and maintenance of existing stations, the implementation of new product on new stations as well as troubleshooting. Automation stations need to automate optical assembly and alignment as well as test of high power diode systems. Such diode systems are used in a variety of markets such as medical devices, directed energy and industrial applications. This position will have the ability to work in a self-directed way creating better efficiencies for the site in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.


  • Create complex assembly stations that combine precise, repeatable component placement, active alignment and metrology of laser beam quality
  • Specify robotic manipulators and end effectors, cameras, sensors and optics
  • Develop software applications to assemble and align laser modules
  • Build prototypes and complete validation testing to project milestones
  • Transfer new assembly stations and processes to manufacturing
  • Transfer new assembly stations from overseas to the US – extended periods of stays overseas (Germany) might be required
  • Deliver project assignments to schedule in a multi-project environment
  • Create and improve stations to increase throughput of manufacture while maintaining fidelity and quality of the product
  • Stay current with market and technology developments including market trends, new technologies and competitive products

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent knowledge of automation principles and equipment
  • Ability to integrate vision, motion and complex measurement instrumentation
  • Excellent programming skills: LabView and SQL databases
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent team and interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership ability including project and time management
  • System-level thinking combined with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to easily convey complex technical details and programs to broad audiences

Desired Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of optics and micro-optics highly valuable
  • Working knowledge of high power diodes


  • BS in engineering, computer science, physics or equivalent discipline required. MS preferred. 
  • 2+ years of experience in automation development required.
  • US citizenship or Green Card is required.

About Coherent, Inc.

Coherent was founded in May of 1966. As it was for most companies starting out in the mid-60’s, the company’s start was modest. With limited financial resources, Coherent established its headquarters in the Palo Alto, CA home of one of its founders. At that time, the most pressing need was for a 220-volt power outlet, which forced Coherent’s brain trust to build their first laser in a laundry room. In the summer of 1966, next to a washer and dryer, and using a piece of rain gutter as a key component, Coherent’s founders began building their first laser. Four months later, Coherent unveiled the very first CO2 commercially available laser. Today, Coherent is one of the world’s leading photonics manufacturers and innovators. With headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, and offices spanning the globe, Coherent offers a unique and distinct product portfolio that touches many different markets and industries.


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