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Cable Engineer

Thorlabs, Inc.

Newton, New Jersey 07860
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Full Time
  • Lasers and Electro-Optics
  • Circuits and Systems
  • Design/Development Engineering
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Job Details

This is a great opportunity to join the rapidly growing Fiber Optics Division of Thorlabs, a leading company in the exciting Photonics industry. Engineers work within a team focused on product development with the expectation to work with limited guidance on complex engineering activities in a fast-paced environment and to simultaneously handle multiple projects. The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial, self-motivated individual who thrives in a fast-paced, creative environment. The Fiber Optics division oversees the development and production of all fiber optics related products, which includes optical fiber made of various materials, cables, and devices. This position is for a mid-level individual with an Engineering background. The ideal candidate will have direct experience in the product and process design of ruggedized fiber optic cables for industries ranging from research laboratories, medical and industrial applications. Hands on experience in such fields as fiber optics and laser optics are a plus.

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

  • Design cables and components
  • Support cable production for customer programs
  • Write and develop effective presentations for training or developing and incorporating solutions in line with changing technologies
  • Documents project work and, at times, may lead projects and technical discussions
  • Connector polishing process development
  • Works with manufacturing on prototype units
  • Develops, monitors and maintains product development schedules
  • Complies with safety regulations and maintains clean and orderly work areas
  • Collaborates with other departments on new product ideas utilizing the company forum.



  • 5+ years of work experience


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or other relevant technical major required

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Fiber optic cable design, manufacture, and testing
  • Ruggedized/hermetic cable design for Aerospace/Military applications
  • Experience in designing cabling for medical Applications a plus
  • Working knowledge SolidWorks 2D and 3D modeling software
  • Familiarity with Thermal Analysis and ability to apply to product design
  • Ability to draft, read and understand mechanical machining prints
  • Familiarity with dimensional tolerances and inspection techniques
  • Knowledge of fiber optic device packaging a plus
  • Familiarity with Machine shop CNC and manual Milling and Turning a plus
  • Fiber optic handling, stripping, and cleaving
  • Experience with testing equipment such as inspection microscopes, interferometers, and IL/RL meters
  • Familiarity with Mil-spec, IEC, and TIA/EIA test procedures
  • Customer relationship management
  • Project Management skills with a deep sense of ownership
  • Flexibility; qualified candidates will be able to adapt to a variety of situations and projects as well as work in a fast paced environment
  • Experience with ISO standards for Medical Devices a plus

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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