Laser Process R&D Engineer

Job Description:
The candidate will develop laser processes to manufacture products for customers in the medical device, life science, and microelectronics industries. The engineer will work closely with application engineers, manufacturing engineers, quality engineers, and production support staff to continuously develop new capabilities. This position is a strong fit for engineers who enjoy a fast paced and a technically challenging work environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with Application Engineers to fulfill requests for quotation and develop new laser processes
  • Continuously research advances in laser technology, optics, and manufacturing to expand capabilities and improve efficiencies
  • Rapidly develop tooling, programming, and fixturing to prove laser processing capabilities
  • Train operators in manufacturing of widely diverse products in various metals, polymers, and ceramics
  • Interpret appropriate geometric dimensioning and tolerancing for each product, complying with customer’s needs and adapting to manufacturing limitations, interacting with customers as needed
  • Design, adjust, and operate optical layout for precision laser machining
  • Collaborate with laser technician in maintenance and troubleshooting of excimer and solid-state lasers
  • Collaborate with fellow engineers to transition processes from the R&D phase to full production
  • Propose new applications of existing laser capabilities
  • Develop new capabilities in micromachining with technologies such as picosecond or femtosecond lasers
  • Other duties as assigned

Educational Qualifications:

  • Must have BS in Engineering or Physics discipline

Required Experience

  • 2+ years engineering experience in a fast paced, technical field
  • Proven experience in either lasers, optics, or advanced material processing
  • Object oriented programming language, i.e. C++, Visual Basic, etc.
  • Programming of CNC-based motion systems or similar experience
  • CAD design using AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks to design precision planar parts, solid machine parts, and machine assemblies

Preferred Experience:

  • MS Degree or graduate coursework towards a degree in Material Science, Optics, or Physics
  • Maintenance and operation of diode-pumped and lamp-pumped solid-state lasers
  • Experience in laser micromachining with excimer and/or solid-state lasers
  • Competency in knowledge of geometrical optics, gaussian optics, linear & non-linear phenomenon, laser-matter interaction
  • CAD to CAM conversion for laser machining motion control
  • Design and integration of motion-control hardware systems for precision manufacturing
  • Conformance with quality systems, verification using advanced statistical analyses
  • Programming of computer coordinate measuring machine to test product conformance to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing requirements
  • Technical communication with customers in a wide variety of industrial, medical, and defense businesses

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