Semiconductor and Fiber Lasers

Fiber Laser Product/ Systems Engineer

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.

Involved in all aspects of product life cycle including, but not limited to, system architecture, performance metrics, costs, and schedules to enable product realization of next-generation fiber lasers at nLIGHT. The preferred candidate will be highly motivated with an excellent track record of performance and innovation in photonics as well as bring their passion in developing and producing world class semiconductor lasers products.


  • Guide development engineers to reach optimal product solutions
  • Define NPI (New Product Introduction) system architectures, design-oriented elements, including specifications, product/design FMEAs, DFX, qualification plans, drawings, test requirements, interfaces, etc.
  • Manage complex tradeoffs that span multiple functional areas to realize the best possible product
  • Focus on technical details of products – ranging from initial designs to volume production issues to end of life management.
  • Collaborate with development and manufacturing engineer teams to determine development and build schedules.
  • Work with finance to estimate project costs including ROIs and establish product costs through detailed yielded BOMs.
  • Support Sales and Product Line Managers to cultivate customer relationships and establish broad understanding of customer applications and product use.
  • Work with buyer/planners to identify key vendor engagement regarding BOM costs, material cost reduction targets, vendor qualifications, and piece part design trade-offs.
  • Lead improvements in reliability based on FA of external RMAs and internal NCMs establishing root cause failures and appropriate corrective actions.
  • Review production data (e.g., yield, cycle time, DL hours, BOM cost) across entire MFG process to facilitate continual improvement plans.
  • Collaborate on product roadmaps that promote the investigation and application of new technologies to meet forecasted industry demands.
  • Ensures shipped products meet cost, performance specifications, reliability, and quality goals.
  • Develop and maintain business processes through use of self-developed tools enabling/supporting stable production processes and data integrity
  • Analyze data trends/patterns to inform future product specifications, create preventative maintenance routines and/or predict failures before they occur.


  • BS or MS in Physics, Systems Engineering, Optical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or similar discipline
  • 5 years of commercial/industrial laser industry experience
  • Program and Project Management competency
  • The ability to coordinate teams across organizational boundaries and work within a matrix organization
  • Excellent communication, listening and collaboration skills
  • Attention to detail and an ability to absorb and assimilate information rapidly
  • Ability to solve complex problems in high order multi-dimensional spaces
  • Direct optical, Laser, Mechanical, and/or Electrical design experience is preferred.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt is 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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