High Performance Lasers

Sr. Process Engineer

Enable next generation components and systems related to semiconductor diodes lasers, optics and fiber coupled devices. Drive continuous improvement activities in a manufacturing environment related to released products, support production as appropriate and coordinate a wide range of cross functional groups. 


  • Lead and execute process development and improvement projects from conception to completion.
  • Identify recent external advancements in appropriate technical field, and qualify into production as capable processes.
  • Support transition of new products from prototype to volume production utilizing DFSS and DFM.
  • Drive continuous improvement opportunities and yield metrics utilizing wide variety of analytical techniques (such as SPC, DOE, Gauge R&R), lean manufacturing and six sigma concepts.
  • Support manufacturing of released processes and products including generating BOMs and routers, documenting work instructions and support training of personnel.
  • Evaluate, procure, and qualify new manufacturing equipment and tools.
  • Direct daily activities of engineering technicians 


  • Masters degree in Engineering (Optical, Electrical, Chemical, Mechanical, Physics) or exceptional industrial experience in closely related technologies. (PhD preferred)
  • 10+ years experience in process or product development of components, sub-systems, fiber optics, lasers, precision optical and electro-mechanical assemblies. Hybrid microelectronic packaging experience a plus
  • Knowledge and understanding of fibers, fiber assemblies and termination, optics, test (esp. data analysis), laser diodes and a variety of metrology/characterization techniques.
  • Hands on working experience with optical fibers, lasers, optics and precision opto-mechanical systems and tools.
  • Strong record of problem solving through structured methodologies and implementing robust processes and systems.
  • Situational leadership skills and ability to work with cross functional & multi-site teams effectively.
  • Project Management experience
  • Experience with mechanical drawings, basic tooling and fixture design.
  • Experience with new product introduction, qualification, and product lifecycle process. 
  • Experience with setting up new product lines, and transitioning into volume production.
  • ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt preferred
  • Broad based knowledge and understanding of multiple areas of the manufacturing environment (e.g. front end semiconductor processing, bonding/assembly, optics, fibers, laser diodes and test) is preferred.
  • In addition to the above qualifications, the ideal candidate embraces teamwork and mentoring opportunities among engineering, technician, and operations environments. 

nLIGHT is subject to US Export Control regulations. To qualify for this position, a Foreign Person (that is, not a US Citizen or legal Permanent Resident) must be eligible for a deemed export license under the US Department of Commerce and/or the US Department of State.

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nLIGHT is a rapidly growing vertically integrated supplier of high-performance lasers that enable innovation in materials processing, defense, and medical applications. nLIGHT develops and manufactures direct diode and fiber lasers based on industry-leading semiconductor laser and optical fiber technology. nLIGHT is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington with additional sites in North America, Europe, and Asia. We're committed to working together to deliver breakthrough solutions that meet our customers' needs.

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