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Assembly Technician

  • Thorlabs
  • Jessup, Maryland, USA
  • Sep 18, 2023
Full time Manufacturing

Job Description

The position assembles/ fabricates any or all of the following: semiconductor material, electronic components, subassemblies, products or systems by performing work assignments that are routine in nature and where judgment is required. The location of the position is in Jessup, MD.

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

  • Reads work orders, follows production drawings and sample assemblies.
  • Positions and aligns parts in specified relationship to each other.
  • Assembles components and devices from multiple elements, including semiconductor devices, ceramic submounts, optical elements (lenses, isolators), electrical elements (resistors, capacitors, thermistors, thermoelectric coolers), etc.
  • Performs assembly tasks (cleaning, epoxy bonding, fiber attachment, seam sealing, device and component testing, final packaging, etc.)..
  • Performs basic failure analysis and works with engineering staff to remedy problems and improve processes.
  • Tends machines used in the assembly and testing of components and devices.
  • Adjusts or trims materials from components to achieve specified electrical or dimensional characteristics.
  • Performs online go-no-go testing and inspection to ensure parts and assemblies meet production specifications and standards.
  • Maintains throughput as directed by the supervisor
  • Communicates production issues to the supervisor

In addition to the essential functions and duties listed above, all positions are also responsible for:

  • Meeting company standards pertaining to quantity and quality of work performed on an ongoing basis, performing all work-related tasks in a manner that is in compliance with all Company policies and procedures.
  • Adhering to Company policies, procedures, and directives regarding standards of workplace behavior in completing job duties and assignments.

The Company retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

Physical Activities:

The employees must grasp, manipulate, or assemble parts and components that are often very small. As a result, they should have a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination. Work may be sedentary, could stand or sit for long durations and/or perform repetitious work at times. Exerts up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally. Must have the ability to work in a clean-room environment with hazardous chemicals, compressed gases, lasers and high voltage on a regular basis, use personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, respirators, gloves and aprons.



  • 0-2 years’ experience in semiconductor fabrication/ assembly/ packaging or other manufacturing/ technical environment.


  • High school diploma or equivalent (e.g, GED)

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Basic English language, writing and communications skills as well basic math are required.
  • Basic Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision in a collaborative, team environment and comply with high quality standards.
  • Must work well in problem solving situations, demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness, complete tasks correctly and on time.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to shift from one task to another to address changing production priorities.
  • Basic understanding of ESD and best practice in a production environment


  • Follow clean room protocol

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.