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Mechanical Shop Inspector - Full Time

Thorlabs - Newton, NJ

Posted on 10/20/22 (Ref: )

Mechanical Shop Inspector

The MBU Mechanical Shop Inspector position is responsible for upholding the high quality standards of the Thorlabs supply chain from within the Mechanics group. This individual will inspect the quality and accuracy of high precision mechanical components in compliance with Thorlabs manufacturing and ISO9001 quality standards. They will use measuring equipment, knowledge, and creative skills to perform visual and dimensional first piece, in-process, and production sample lot pass/fail inspections of components produced on internal CNC machinery and manual equipment to ensure compliance to standards and specifications. They must take a customer centric approach, be independent, flexible and a solid team player with great communication skills. 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:
  • Utilize various inspection equipment and methods to measure highly toleranced components.
  • Perform and document first article, in-process, and sample lot inspections.
  • Monitor production parts and provide feedback on quality acceptance, non-conformances, or areas of improvement.
  • Unbiased evaluation of internally produced items to blueprint specifications.
  • Provide accurate and thorough dimensional and visual inspections completed within an efficient manner.
  • Recognize and measure critical features and specifications.
  • Ensure components are handled carefully and protected, as well as clearly marked and organized with accurate quantities.
  • Segregate and clearly mark non-conforming material. Sort and rework product where required.
  • Provide constructive and detailed feedback to machinists, floor supervisors, and internal customers.
  • Assist other areas of the company with product inspections when required.
  • Provide quantitative data to back up measurements and findings.
  • Ensure calibrated and well maintained equipment is utilized and kept up to date.
  • Maintain a clean and well organized work space.
  • Continuously strive to improve the process/procedures, communication, documentation, and equipment within the inspection department.



  • Minimum 2 years of Mechanical Inspection or Quality Control experience within a mechanical manufacturing environment preferred
  • Machine shop experience a plus.

  • High School diploma or equivalent.

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:
  • Ability to interpret mechanical blueprint specifications (metric/imperial) with an understanding of fit, geometric tolerancing, and thread classifications.
  • Knowledge and proficiency with various metrology equipment and methods.
  • Ability to use and interpret handheld inspection tools including, but not limited to, micrometers, calipers, and gauges.
  • Effective usage of a comparator, surface finish, thread, and plug gages.
  • CMM and Visual Inspection Systems operation or programming experience preferred.
  • Mechanical aptitude with the ability to troubleshoot problems.
  • Knowledge of materials and metal finishing preferred.
  • Understanding of ISO9001 as it applies to inspection and non-conformance.
  • Understanding of Acceptance Quality Limits (AQL) sampling plans.
  • Ability to work independently within a team environment.
  • Ability to prioritize workload and make educated quality decisions.
  • Computer literacy using MS Office, Outlook and ERP software is mandatory.
  • High attention to detail with excellent organization, verbal and written communication skills.

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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