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Quality Inspector

  • Thorlabs
  • Sterling, VA, USA
  • May 05, 2022
Full time Manufacturing

Job Description

The Quality Inspector will be responsible for driving quality improvement throughout the Thorlabs Imaging Systems division, implementing quality techniques, capturing issues, solving problems and promoting quality within the production and service departments. Although the location of the position is in Sterling, Virginia, it may be required to undertake duties at other ThorLabs locations occasionally.

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

  • Responsible for Quality System Maintenance.
  • Inspections following proper Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T). Preferably, individual will have experience inspecting machined parts and varying optomechanical components.
  • Root cause analysis and implementation of corrective action for process related concerns and failed parts.
  • Assisting production and engineering managers in establishing, implementing and maintaining inspection and acceptance criteria at the component, subassembly, and final assembly levels.
  • Training and collaboration with production personnel to continue improving on existing quality awareness.
  • Work with Engineering to understand specifications for newly released products, and create inspection templates for newly released machine parts.
  • Create and maintain quality documentation, such as quality manuals, procedures, and inspection templates for the Thorlabs Imaging Systems division.
  • Manage suppliers’ performance and conduct audits.
  • Preparation of vendor QA reports.
  • Generate and submit engineering change requests when required.
  • Determining disposition of quarantined and MRB items from inventory.  

Physical Activities:

This position requires the ability to lift up to 25lbs, and to remain on your feet for up to several hours if required.



  • Previous experience in a similar position or manufacturing environment preferred.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to work seamlessly with interdisciplinary teams in varying departments consisting of engineers, machinists, and others
  • Basic computer knowledge such as, but not limited to, Microsoft Office products and MRP systems.
  • Strong ability to work well in a group atmosphere, and comply with high quality standards.
  • Experience inspecting machined parts and varying opt mechanical components
  • Experience using standard measurement equipment (calipers, micrometers, pin and thread gauges, etc.)
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong ability to shift from one task to another to address changing production priorities.
  • Must be able to understand written work instructions and schematics for a wide range of products


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.