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QC Technician 

EOE Statement Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.  
About the Organization Founded in 1989, Thorlabs seeks to accelerate the forward movement of scientific discovery and advancement! As a vertically integrated manufacturer of photonics components, instruments, and systems, our vast product portfolio includes over 20,000 items, ranging from optics and optomechanical positioning components to imaging systems, many of which are customer inspired.

Photonics is the foremost technology driving innovation in science and engineering. As the number of technological innovations has grown, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments.

Headquartered in Newton, NJ, Thorlabs has grown to over 1800 employees with manufacturing and sales offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, China, and Brazil. As light-based technologies push into new markets, Thorlabs plans to enter early with the products and services required to ensure the ultimate success of our customers.  
Category Optics  
Location Corporate Headquarters - Newton  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  

The position in the coating lab effectively assures manufacturing compliance to Thorlabs ISO9001 and MIL-PRF-13830B quality standards protecting customers. Inspectors perform visual and dimensional inspection of precision parts and make quick, accurate pass/fail decisions on many types of optics including filters, mirrors, crystals, prisms, and lenses. 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.

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

  • Identify non-conformances of in-process and finished components through established inspection methods.
  • Ability to perform extremely detailed visual inspections on intricate and delicate parts occasionally performed under microscopes.
  • Perform inspections efficiently with attention to detail.
  • Report measurement metrics to keep track of efficiency and quality.
  • Generate spreadsheets for data collection.
  • Work professionally within a team environment.
  • Measure and compare mechanical dimensions to manufacturing drawings using typical metrology.
  • Inspectors may occasionally be called upon to perform tasks including running the following:
    • Spectrophotometer to confirm and interpret spectral scans
    • OptoSpheric lens measurement system to verify focal lengths
    • NewView to measure roughness with sub-angstrom accuracy
    • Zygo GPI/Verifire/mini XP to measure precision optical parts for form error
    • Laser engravers to add part numbers and other identifying marks to products
  • Reconcile final inspection documentation for shipments.
  • Interact with vendor or source inspector as needed.
  • Assist with product flow through the department.



  • Minimum 2 years of experience in quality control function in manufacturing environment preferred.
  • Optics manufacturing inspection experience preferred.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent or equivalent work experience

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to learn, understand, and effectively apply sampling plans.
  • Skilled in the usage of hand held measuring tools and devices including but not limited to calipers and micrometers.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills to operate in both individual and team environments.
  • Capable of reading mechanical drawings and interpret dimensional tolerances.
  • Adaptable to process and procedure changes.
  • Capacity to convert from imperial to metric measurements.
  • Ability to meet department standards for productivity and quality.
  • Computer literacy using MS Office, Outlook and ERP software is mandatory.
  • Must have the ability to cross train on all areas of the department, including but not limited to visual and dimensional inspection, data entry, laser engravers, and metrology equipment.
  • High attention to detail.

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 identity 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.


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