Sr. Systems Engineer | MKS Instruments Inc.

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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Position Location: 
Irvine, CA
Job Description: 

MKS Instruments Inc. is the parent company of Newport Corporation®, Spectra-Physics®, and Ophir®, leaders in photonics, optics, lasers and motion/vibration control. MKS is a worldwide leader in technology solutions for thin film, process and industrial manufacturing, environmental monitoring, defense and security, life sciences and research.


The ISB Division (formerly Newport Corp.) of MKS Instruments Corp is currently recruiting for a Sr. Systems Engineer for planning, conceptualizing, designing, testing, and documenting new opto-mechanical products.


  • Strong Engineering analytical skills: statics, dynamics, thermal loads, tolerance analysis and material selection
  • Working knowledge of fundamental mechanical, optical and electrical technology
  • Hands-on familiarity with high-precision and stable opto-mechanical and electro-optical design.
  • Develop performance, availability, reliability and stability models, from system-level to module and component level budgets.
  • Performs product development activities including creating new or modified designs for new or existing products and document changes of Optical, opto-mechanical, electro-optical, electric and control systems and instruments.
  • Experience with modern cost-effective manufacturing methods for high, medium and low volume production
  • Determines and develops test specifications, methods and procedures. Perform tests and troubleshoots assemblies and/or final systems.
  • Participates in feasibility studies and develop cost estimates for systems, testing, development labor, etc.
  • Ability to work with multiple manufacturers to obtain the best product costing
  • Ability to develop and execute product verification tests
  • Excellent ability for clear and efficient documentation of product designs.
  • May be assigned as or work in collaboration with a Project Manager for selected projects in which responsibilities may include:
    • Develop project plans
    • Develop, maintain, and track progress of tasks, deliverables and cost.
    • Organize, plan, and lead periodic project meetings.  Record, document, and publish significant decisions and action items in meeting minutes.
    • Performs a variety of duties in organizing and supporting of technical documentation.  Responsible for maintaining files for engineering drawings and processing of ECOs and other related documentation.
  • The ability to communicate with sales and marketing to quickly transform a feasibility study into a well-orchestrated product development plan is vital.

Involved in all engineering aspects of opto-mechanical and electro-optical system product development in a high-paced, customer-facing team setting.  Contribute to design reviews, routine project reports, design documentation, publishing resulting guidance and tracking progress against the project schedule.  Individual is to become aware of all active ISB product design projects and actively participate in design reviews for all ISB products.  Will also support the Manufacturing Engineering team within Operations to implement a successful product manufacturing release.


  • BS in Optical Sciences.
  • Direct experience in architecture and design of complex opto-mechanical systems incorporating precision mechanisms, motorized actuation, thermo-elastic deformation control, and dynamic vibration isolation.
  • Work experience in a commercial environment with companies developing and manufacturing systems and/or instruments in a volume-manufacturing environment.
  • Practical experience with vibration and structural analysis and related measurement techniques is desirable.
  • Fully competent with all aspects of SolidWorks CAD software as a design, analysis, documentation and graphics tool. Experience with PDMWorks will be a plus.
  • A background in finite element analysis, and familiarity with the SolidWorks Simulation suite will be considered highly desirable.
  • Able to perform tolerance analysis to verify fit and function of designs.
  • Ability and willingness to provide direct or indirect customer support on various products
  • Must have a balance of strong analytical skills and hands-on product development with a proven track record of bringing multiple products to market throughout their career.
  • Strong communication skills, technical writing skills, project management skills, and analytical skills.

Strong team building and interpersonal communication skills are essential for success.  The individual will be expected to create a strong sphere of influence to assemble multi-disciplinary groups of individuals into teams to identify and solve ongoing technology issues through effective implementation of daily tactical tasks.  The individual must exhibit the ability to analyze complex technical situations and resolve issues, apply appropriate engineering problem solving, and keep the project development timetable on schedule.  Individual must have a high level of initiative, judgment, and keen problem solving skills to resolve complex technical and business issues that are diverse in nature.

MKS Instruments, Inc. is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer. We solicit and hire applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected category. Our policy is to employ the most qualified applicants. We conduct background checks and drug screens, in accordance with company policies and federal and state guidelines.

Globally, our policy is to recruit individuals from wide and diverse backgrounds.  However, certain positions require access to controlled goods and technologies subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  Applicants for these positions may need to be “U.S. persons.”  “U.S. persons” are generally defined as U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, lawful permanent residents (or, green card holders), individuals granted asylum, and individuals admitted as refugees.