Mechanical Engineer | ThorLabs, Inc.

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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Position Location: 
Newton, NJ
Job Description: 

Purpose of the Position

Thorlabs Advanced Optical Systems in Newton NJ, produces state-of-the-art high resolution lens systems. We are seeking a talented Mechanical Design Engineer to work in conjunction with optical engineers to design mechanicals for diffraction limited lens systems. The candidate must have experience designing tightly tolerance mechanical systems, and understand the relationship between mechanical design and how it affects how parts are manufactured. The successful candidate will assist in bringing new products from prototype to production, with an emphasis on robust and manufacturable designs in a lean manufacturing facility. The job includes occasional participation in detailed technical discussions with customers, sales and field service members.

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

  • Develop opto -mechanical component designs for new products
  • Oversee prototype fabrication and testing
  • Coordinate the integration of new designs into production
  • Provide post-production support
  • Create and track design documentation
  • Coordinate with sales/marketing to develop sales estimates and price/cost information



  • Minimum 2 years industrial experience or equivalent in opto/electro-mechanical design


  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Optical Systems Engineering or equivalent

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Skilled in the use of Solidworks 3D CAD software
  • Experience with CNC machining equipment and shop capabilities
  • Hands-on experience with assembly and trouble-shooting of optical systems is a plus
  • Strong ability to take initiative
  • Flexibility/adaptability in a fast-paced & dynamic environment

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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.


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