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Optics Technician I

  • Thorlabs
  • Newton, New Jersey, USA
  • Nov 14, 2023
Full time Manufacturing

Job Description

This position works among a team of individuals manufacturing Photonics products for our customers with the assistance of experienced team members. The role entails such functions as kitting, operating machines, and in process measurements.


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

  • Able to work in a production area with low degree of difficulty processes.
  • Prepare raw materials for processing using blocking methods such as wax, pitch, film, and optical contacting.
  • Remove work from tooling and clean/prepare for next process.
  • Perform daily maintenance and upkeep of assigned machines in area.
  • Basic operation to load and unload optical manufacturing equipment such as cutting, edging, grinding, and polishing machines.
  • Utilization of conventional, double-sided, and CNC based equipment to work on glass and crystal materials to produce components such as windows, mirrors, prisms, filters, and lenses.
  • Introduction to visual and mechanical measurement of parts using metrology devices such as eye loupes, microscopes, calipers, micrometers, and indicators.
  • Handle and Clean Specialty Fiber Optics, Precision Optics, and mechanical components.
  • Sort and count parts and materials.
  • Examine parts and materials for defects.
  • Must be able to understand written work instructions and technical drawings for a wide range of products to properly manufacture the final product to the highest of quality standards with a goal of zero scrap or rework.
  • Maintain proper records in our Manufacturing Database.
  • Participate in Continuous Improvement efforts.
  • Comply with the company safety program and maintain a clean and organized work area.


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:

Work may be active, could stand or sit for long durations and/or perform repetitious work at times. The employee must frequently lift or move objects up to 20 pounds. All objects heavier than 20 pounds will be lifted by group of employees. Must be able to wear appropriate clothing and personal protective equipment such as but not limited to masks, glasses, gloves, and specialty garments. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and may be noisy at times.




  • Minimum of 1 year of manufacturing experience or related technical education.



  • High School Diploma or equivalent.


Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and comply with high quality standards.
  • Good work ethic.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong ability to shift from one task to another to address changing production priorities.
  • Basic mathematic knowledge.
  • Proficient in basic computer skills such as Microsoft Office.



  • Although the location of the position is in Newton, NJ, from time to time it may be required to undertake duties at other Thorlabs locations.


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 identify 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.