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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 THORLABS is a broad based photonics technologies company offering an extensive array of products ranging from optical and mechanical components to integrated test and measurement systems. Thorlabs' catalog products are produced in manufacturing centers in the USA, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom and Japan. Our company has a long-standing customer base with significant growth potential and an excellent reputation for quality, customer service and dependability. It is our mission to supply the photonics market with the tools to ensure the ultimate success of our customers.

THORLABS designs and manufactures over 15,000 scientific products and instruments for the optics and laser research industry. As we continue to grow, we are seeking talented individuals to join our team that have a strong desire to succeed. Ideal candidates will be highly motivated with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. THORLABS Headquarters are located in Sussex County, New Jersey, USA, THORLABS also has facilities in Maryland, Virginia, Texas and Michigan, and is established in 8 other countries. THORLABS is a privately held company established in 1989 which now employs over 1400 people.
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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