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Laser Engineer

Novanta, NW, United States
Employer Description

Build a career powered by innovations that matter!  At Novanta, our innovations power technology products that are transforming healthcare and advanced manufacturing—improving productivity, enhancing people’s lives and redefining what’s possible.  We create for our global customers engineered components and sub-systems that deliver extreme precision and performance for a range of mission-critical applications—from minimally invasive surgery to robotics to 3D metal printing.

Novanta is one global team with over 26 offices located in The Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific.  Looking for a great place to work?  You have found it with a culture that embraces teamwork, collaboration and empowerment.  Come explore Novanta.

Job Description

Primary Responsibilities

  • Technical development over time is expected.
  • Design and assembles experimental models and prototypes involving opto-electro-mechanical, laser, vacuum and other equipment and facilities. 
  • Conducts experimental tests and computer simulations. 
  • Collects and documents accurate and conclusive test data. 
  • Analyze technical data and draw conclusions from the analysis. 
  • Generate clear and concise reports for both technical and non-technical audiences. 
  • Develop an understanding of the state of the art in the field of lasers (such as plasma physics, optics or RF excitation). 
  • Work as part of a team (both R&D and cross-functional).  Work with other departments (Production, Sourcing, Applications Engineering etc.) to resolve technical issues. 
  • Work on assigned tasks without detailed supervision (levels II and III). 
  • Maintains high standards of workmanship and workplace safety. 
Job Requirements

Required Experience, Education, Skills and Competencies

  • BS or MS Degree in Physics, Chemistry or Chemical/Electrical/Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering (with optical alignment/optics, plasma or laser experience).
  • BS with 2 years’ or MS with 0-2 years’ experience preferred.
  • Understanding Laser Physics and Laser Engineering principles and concepts
  • Ability to conduct tests and experiments involving lasers
  • Familiarity with scientific computing related to lasers and optics
  • Good communication skills and enthusiasm to learn
  • Strong self-motivation.
  • Proven ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to stay focused in a high-pressure environment, can do attitude
  • Ability to manage multiple assigned tasks.
  • Laser Physics , Electro-Magnetism, Plasma Physics, Thermal Physics.
  • Geometric and Gaussian (Physical) Optics.
  • Optical design and analysis.
  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills for interfacing with senior management and customers.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Proficient in MS Office ( Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Proficient in statistical analysis tools (Minitab preferred, SAS, JMP).
  • Problem solving analysis and problem resolution.
  • Proficient in MS Project or other project management software.
  • Experience with laser test & alignment equipment, and metrology methods.
  • Familiar with MS Access, Labview, mathcad, and similar software

Travel Requirements

  • Less than 10%

Physical Requirements

  • Sitting and Standing while performing duties. 


30 January 2024
29 February 2024
High School
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors
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