Semiconductor and Fiber Lasers

Wafer Fab Process Engineer

nLIGHT is seeking an experienced Process Engineer to join our Wafer Fab Operations team located in Vancouver, Washington. 

The Process Engineer will drive continuous improvement activities in a manufacturing environment of released products and sustain production processes as appropriate. Enable introduction of next generation of diode lasers through process development and supporting transition from concept to high volume manufacturing.  Coordinate effectively with a wide range of cross functional groups.

  • Demonstrate ability of process development and improvement from conception to completion.
  • Support transition of new products from prototype to volume production utilizing DFSS and DFM.
  • Work towards 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 routes, documenting work instructions and support training of personnel.
  • Evaluate, procure, and qualify new manufacturing equipment and materials.
  • Collaborate daily activities of engineering technicians
  • BS or higher in Engineering (Physics, Material, Optical, Electrical, Chemical and Mechanical) or exceptional industrial experience in closely related technologies.
  • Two years of recent experience in semiconductor laser wafer fabrication.
  • Familiarity with semiconductor device physics, Thin Film Processes and Materials Science
  • Technical understanding of wafer fabrication processes, material interactions, processes, dominant failure mechanisms and analytical techniques
  • Demonstrated ability to do failure and root cause analysis and find effective solutions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills allowing for effective communication in to work with cross functional & multi-site teams.
  • Experience with mechanical drawings, basic tooling and fixture design.
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis and design of experiment.

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.

Apply for this position
About Investors Careers
Semiconductor LasersFiber LasersOptical Fibers
Material Processing Consumer Medical Defense
Press Releases Technical Papers Articles
Benefits Open Positions
Contact Us Locations