Mechanical Engineer

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Newton, NJ, United States

Phone: 19739405189
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Mechanical Engineer


Jessup, MD 

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Job Description:

Thorlabs, Inc. is looking for a talented and motivated Mechanical Engineer to work on developing laser products. The position will work across multiple laser product design teams within the Thorlabs Laser Division and will collaborate closely with optical and electrical design engineers to release new laser products. Additionally, this position will assist with transfer to production and sustaining engineering throughout the life cycle of products. The successful candidate must have a proven record of industry and academic achievement, show strong analytical and communication skills, be comfortable doing hands-on work, and thrive in a collaborative environment.

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

  • Design and develop optical systems incorporating opto-mechanics, electronics, thermal management, and mechatronics for company's advanced products and R&D efforts
  • Producing mechanical drawings with appropriate GD&T and other manufacturing documents for prototype and production parts
  • System-level and cross-disciplinary design on optical systems requiring micron positioning and microradian pointing tolerances over time and temperature
  • Communicating with vendors and machine shops to solve machining problems, streamline our production processes, and reduce cost to build
  • Maintaining documentation, specifically the mechanical portion of products BOMs within our ERP system and manufacturing work instructions
  • Transitioning new designs to production, including building prototypes units or assisting other engineers or technicians with developing best assembly practices
  • Basic optical calculations and simulations in conjunction with mechanical design to verify the design meets the specification (nice-to-have, not required)




  • Minimum of 3 years' industry experience working with high precision components
  • Strong skills and experience with mechanical drawing software packages, such as SolidWorks, is a must.
  • Managing complex assemblies with 100's of parts
  • Metal Machine Shop experience



  • Education: BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, or Robotics


Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • SW Simulation or COMSOL to evaluate natural frequencies or thermal performance of a complex assembly
  • Basic knowledge of optical design in free space optics or fiber optics
  • Experience with instrument design is a plus, especially optical, medical, or semiconductor devices
  • Motion control experience, especially with capacity to evaluate a design for micron-level precision
  • Working with outside vendors


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.