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Mechanical Engineer II - Full Time

Thorlabs - Sterling, VA

Posted on 09/15/23 (Ref: )

Thorlabs Imaging Systems group in Sterling, Virginia, produces state-of-the-art imaging systems for life science applications. We are seeking a talented, experienced Mechanical Design Engineer II to contribute to new product development for our microscope systems and components. The successful candidate will join a cross-functional, global team that develops complex imaging hardware with integral software for image acquisition, processing, system control, and calibration.

The position requires a keen understanding of opto/electro-mechanical systems, precision engineering, and design for manufacturability. The successful candidate will assist in bringing new products from prototype to production, with an emphasis on robust and manufacturable designs in a lean manufacturing facility. The job includes occasional participation in detailed technical discussions with customers, sales and field service members.

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

Develop opto/electro-mechanical component designs for new products to add to catalog or systems
Follow prototype designs from conception through manufacture
Specify and perform the testing required to characterize catalog or system products. This includes technical data such as qualification test procedures, acceptance test procedures, report, testing jigs and fixtures, etc.
Coordinate the integration of new designs into production
Responsible for all related production documentation, which includes, bills of material, engineering drawings, testing requirements, tooling, and specification of thin film coatings.
Provide post-production support. Interact with production personnel to define and solve manufacturing/design issues and implement cost reduction ideas.
Create and track design documentation
Coordinate with sales/marketing to develop sales estimates and price/cost information

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



Minimum 3 years industrial experience or equivalent in opto/electro-mechanical design


BS in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Optical Systems Engineering, Phyisics or equivalent

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

Skilled in the use of Solidworks 3D CAD software
Experienced in use of CNC machining equipment and shop capabilities
Hands-on experience with assembly and trouble-shooting of optical systems
Integration of subsystems into imaging systems
Strong project management skills with a deep sense of ownership
Highly self-motivated, self-directed, team orientated, and exceptionally attentive to detail
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
Good verbal & written communication and interpersonal 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.

 Mechanical Engineer II - Sterling, VA - Thorlabs

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