Semiconductor and Fiber Lasers

Engineering Technician

About nLIGHT

nLIGHT is a rapidly growing publicly listed company (NASDAQ: LASR).  nLIGHT is a global leader in high-power semiconductor and fiber lasers for industrial, microfabrication, aerospace, and defense applications. Headquartered in Vancouver, WA, nLIGHT employs over 1,000 people with operations in the U.S., China, and Finland.


Engineering Technician supporting product engineering activities to enable improved development of our next generation laser diode components. Effecting continuous improvement activities related to released products by supporting the FA (Failure Analysis) and NCM (Non-Conforming Material) processes.


  • Execute engineering experimentation to qualifying new designs and/or processes
  • Capture data and organize with detailed notes/observation for later engineering analysis
  • Preform 1st pass data analysis to ensure measurements are progressing as expected and producing consistent results
  • Establish basic understanding of product design, build processes, common usage conditions, and failure modes
  • Characterize externally and internally returned products with the ability to determine root cause of the failure if possible
  • Generate1st pass failure analysis reports for engineering review.
  • Troubleshoot and repair laser test station as required while following safety practices.
  • Support implementation of process and BOM changes on the manufacturing line
  • Review and update process documentation based on experimental findings
  • Train operators using documented procedures and policies
  • Maintain lab equipment, organize lab materials, and enforce lab policies for safety
  • Identify opportunities for improved measurement efficiencies, required equipment capabilities, and operational safety.


  • 5+ years professional work experience in volume production environment working with electronics, semiconductor equipment or opto-mechanical assemblies
  • Proficient with test and measurement equipment such as spectrometers, radiometers, power supplies, oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, …
  • Ability to perform precision optical alignments as well as handle extremely small components in a clean room environment.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, highly organized and self-motivated
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a fast-paced team environment
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong record of problem solving
  • Ability to assemble complex and delicate optical/electro-mechanical assemblies
  • Experience with mechanical drawings and basic tooling
  • Excellent computer skills – MS Office software, especially Excel and Word
  • Solid communications skills, both spoken and written
  • Knowledge and understanding of optics, fibers, laser diodes and test equipment preferred
  • Ability to solder, assemble and repair cable assemblies preferred
  • Operation and testing of high-power lasers or optical equipment preferred
  • Data collection and analysis using off-the-shelf packages such as Excel preferred
  • Associates Degree in Electronics, Electrical, Mechanical, or industrial experience in closely related technologies required. Degree in Laser or optics technology preferred. 

nLIGHT is subject to US Export Control regulations. To qualify for this position, a Foreign Person (that is, not a US Citizen or legal Permanent Resident) must be eligible for a deemed export license under the US Department of Commerce and/or the US Department of State. 

Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or age. For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please see these government posters: “EEO is the Law” and its accompanying temporary supplement. If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (360) 566-4460 or


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