Semiconductor and Fiber Lasers

Mechanical Engineer II

nLIGHT is searching for an Mechanical Engineer to work within a multidisciplinary team focused on the design, documentation, and release to production of high power solid state lasers and laser systems.

Job Summary

  • Contribute to and/or lead mechanical design efforts in the development of new laser systems and products
  • Work within the development team to help define user interfaces, overall system layouts, product requirements, and cost objectives
  • Apply DFX and other design principals to create manufacturing-friendly, cost-optimized solutions that meet or exceed the functional design goals
  • Plan and execute design verification test protocols including environmental and accelerated life testing
  • Adapt established and innovative low-cost manufacturing concepts to laser product designs
  • Oversee and participate in the procurement and assembly of engineering and prototype builds
  • Devise, design and build robust tooling and process equipment suitable for reliable high-volume manufacturing 


  • Minimum of BS degree in mechanical engineering or comparable and at least 2 years of experience in a mechanical design engineering role.
  • Experience with low cost, high quality manufacturing techniques. Ideal candidates will have a history of adapting technologies from other industries to lower-volume manufacturing models
  • Strong ability to conduct engineering analyses including heat transfer, thermal modeling, stress/strain behavior, materials selection
  • Background of machinery and product design
  • Detailed understanding of machining tools, methods and capabilities
  • Proficiency with SolidWorks and engineering drawing practices including tolerance analysis and working understanding and ability to apply GD&T per ANSI Y14.5M
  • Candidate shall be highly organized and detail-oriented with clear and professional written and oral communication skills
  • Candidate shall be self-motivated and able to work with minimal guidance in the areas of requirements gathering, assuring customer needs are addressed, and delivering fully documented solutions

Exceptional candidates will have

  • Development experience with high-power laser and optical assemblies.
  • Experience with precision opto-mechanical design, laser packaging, and fine mechanisms
  • Experience with optical adhesives, solder attach, and/or semiconductor packaging
  • Proficiency with ANSYS analysis software
  • Experienced with New Product Introduction (NPI) and product qualification practices.

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or age. For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please see these government posters: “EEO is the Law” and its accompanying temporary supplement.  If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (360) 566-4460 or

About nLIGHT

nLIGHT is a rapidly growing vertically integrated supplier of high-performance lasers that enable innovation in materials processing, microelectronics and defense applications. nLIGHT develops and manufactures fiber lasers based on industry-leading semiconductor laser and optical fiber technology. nLIGHT is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington with additional sites in North America, Asia and Europe. nLIGHT lasers are not only changing the way things are made, but what can be made.

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