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Technician II

Thorlabs, Inc., Lafayette, CO, United States
Employer Description

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 Approximately 2,300 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.

Job Description

The Technician Level II is responsible for fiber and/or free-space laser system assembly and alignment in both manufacturing and R&D settings. Main responsibilities include material inspection and preparation, electrical, mechanical, and optical fiber assembly, generating production test data, and preparing products for shipment. This position is expected to have the ability to follow documented assembly instructions to build complex laser systems. Additionally, this position should be able to follow documented instructions on the use of sensitive instruments and tools to perform assembly tasks or measurements. The laser technician is also responsible for performing root-cause analysis and repair of non-conforming products based on written quality procedures and with assistance from the engineering teams. Position involves minimum travel. Pay range for this position is $24.00 - $28.00 per hour.


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

  • Build laser assemblies (fiber or free-space) according to assembly instructions.
  • Ability to utilize sensitive production equipment such as fiber splicers and measurement instruments after training and according to documented instructions.
  • Handles and assembles intricate opto-mechanical components and assemblies, including handling and mounting of fragile optics and/or optical fibers
  • Alignment of laser and laser accessory systems following documented instructions
  • Maintain data systems to record and report test results.
  • Understand and follow work instructions, engineering drawings, and other material used for the production of complex systems involving electronics, mechanical assemblies and fiber components.
  • Perform incoming inspection for mechanical, electronic, and fiber components utilizing standard inspection tools.
  • Support R&D activities by building assemblies based on engineering instructions and performing engineering-designed tests.
  • Follow cleanroom protocol.
  • Provide continuous improvement feedback on procedures and processes.
  • Meet output and quality goals


In addition to the essential functions and duties listed above, all positions are also responsible for:

  • Meeting Company standards pertaining to quantity and quality of work performed on an ongoing basis, performing all work-related tasks in a manner that is in compliance with all Company policies and procedures.
  • Adhering to Company policies, procedures, and directives regarding standards of workplace behavior in completing job duties and assignments.

The Company retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


Physical Activities:

  • The employee must grasp, manipulate, or assemble parts and components that are often very small. As a result, they should have a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination. Work might involve sitting or standing for long durations and/or performing repetitious work at times. Need to be able lift up to 25 lbs. occasionally. Employee may encounter substances such as acetone and epoxy. Work cells have the potential to be noisy at times.


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

Job Requirements



  • More than 2 years of experience assembling systems involving optics, fiber optics, or electronics in production environment is required.
  • Proficiency working with computers and Microsoft Office is required.



  • High school diploma required. Further education or course-work in a related field is preferred.


Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Familiarity with optical fiber splicing.
  • Familiarity with soldering and crimping for electrical assembly.
  • Hands-on experience building laser or optical amplifier systems.
  • Hands-on experience using optical measurements instruments such as power meters, optical spectrum analyzers, or beam profilers.


15 September 2023
15 October 2023
High School
24 – 28
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors
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