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Fiber Manufacturing Technician 1 - Full Time

Thorlabs - Newton, NJ

Posted on 03/10/23 (Ref: )

The Fiber Manufacturing Technician sets-up and operates the Fiber Draw towers in compliance with metric drawing specifications/fabricates ultra-high purity glasses by preparing powders, mixing batches, and using melting and casting procedures. 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:

Draw Tower

Set-up and operate fiber tower, control cabinets, proof test bench, coating mixing station and other secondary equipment in compliance with metric drawing specifications.
Collaborates closely with process engineer to ensure product/tower are operating correctly.
Testing of the optical fiber strength using a tensile and four axis proof testing unit.
Testing of the attenuation of the optical fiber.
Glass Fabrication

Grind, mix and weigh powders to exact specifications.
Clean tools, melting crucibles and induction oven daily.
Assemble and use of glass molds.
Universal Functions

Compliance of safety data instructions when using chemicals.
Perform other BU essential functions and participate in assigned cross training.
Proper recording of all data related to the fabrication of glass products.
Maintain a safe and clean working environment through compliance with procedures, policies, and regulations.
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:

Work may be active, could stand or sit for long durations and/or perform repetitious work at times. The employee must frequently lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 29 pounds. All objects heavier than 30 pounds will be lifted by group of employees. Installation of equipment and hands on use when necessary. Must wear appropriate clothing and personal protective equipment such as masks, glasses, and gloves. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and may be noisy at times. Ability to work at heights of up to 80 feet.



0 to 1 year of manufacturing experience.


High School Diploma, GED or equivalent work experience.

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

Strong ability to work well in a group atmosphere and comply with high quality standards.
Strong ability to shift from one task to another to address changing production priorities.
Proficient in basic computer skills in Word and Excel.
Good verbal and written communication skills.
Possess basic mechanical/mathematical aptitude.
Strong sense of ownership and work ethic.
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 identify 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.

 Fiber Manufacturing Technician 1 - Newton, NJ - Thorlabs

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