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Job Title:  Sr. Manufacturing Engineer


Richmond, CA, US, 94806

Business Unit:  Zygo
Posting Date:  Nov 22, 2022
Job Description: 

Sr. Manufacturing Engineer


ZYGO Corporation is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced optical metrology systems and ultra-precise optical components and assemblies. Our mission is to enable customer success by delivering innovative precision metrology and optical solutions. ZYGO’s metrology products measure absolute position, displacement, surface shape and texture and film thickness. Applications for our metrology products are diverse and include semiconductor manufacturing, precision machining and optical manufacturing. Our optics business leverages ZYGO’s expertise in optical design and assembly and high-volume manufacturing of precision optical components and systems for aerospace, defense, medical and industrial applications.


ZYGO seeks a highly talented team player with strong technical and communication skills to develop and deploy fabrication processes for custom extreme precision optical components. Under general supervision with a broad scope of responsibility, performs complex activities for the development and implementation of process techniques in optics manufacturing.  Recommends and prepares changes, additions, and modifications which will facilitate manufacturing.  Develops or modifies process formulations, definition of standard processing, and handling equipment requirements and specifications. 


Basic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Define optics grinding and/or polishing concepts, develop prototype processes, testing procedures, analyze results and convert to actual process for implementation in optics production.
  • Identify, Plan and Implement Process Improvements using Statistical Process Controls – Standardize/Document, Measure, Compare, Correct
  • Further refine existing processes by tracking and plotting data, documenting, standardizing
  • Responsible for writing detailed Optical Work Instructions (OWI’s) supporting the various processes.
  • Responsible for reviewing completed methods and providing comparisons to the initial process in the event of disparities.
  • Reviews product requirements with design staff to ensure compatibility of processing methods. 
  • Compile and evaluate test data to determine appropriate limits. 
  • May conceive and plan projects involving definition and selection of new approaches and concepts in processing and development. 
  • May provide work leadership and training to professional staff and production staff. 


Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • B.S. or M.S. degree in Physics or Applied Engineering discipline.
  • 3+ years of optical manufacturing experience.
  • Must have a comprehensive knowledge of optical fabrication and glass manufacturing, machining, and polishing processes.
  • Experience with various optical materials such as: ULE, Si, CaF2, Zerodur, metals
  • Must be knowledgeable in physical and/or geometric optics and can read and interpret standard optical component blueprints/specifications.
  • Must possess ability to prepare process development plans, cost estimates, schedule estimates and write detailed technical reports.
  • Must have excellent communication skills for both constructing optical work instructions and interfacing with other functional departments.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Physical Requirements:  Walking, standing, lifting (up to 50 lbs.), stooping, and keyboarding.
  • Computer experience with Excel, Word, PowerPoint.   Ability to use programing languages such as Python, etc. can be very useful. 

Additional Skills that are beneficial but not required

  • Experience with NX CAM software programing for machining of Glass substrates on CNC machines.
  • Experience or knowledge of the process of diamond turning of optics
  • DIFFSYS, Mastercam, and or Gibbs Cam
  • Experience or knowledge of metrology methods both mechanical and optical.
  • Experience with assembly of Optical hardware, alignment of hardware, etc.   

AMETEK is committed to making a safer, sustainable, and more productive world a reality. We use differentiated technology solutions to solve our customers’ most complex challenges. We employ 18,500 colleagues, in 30 countries, that are grounded by our core values: Ethics and Integrity, Respect for the Individual, Diversity and Inclusion, Teamwork, and Social Responsibility. AMETEK (NYSE:AME) is a component of the S&P 500. Visit for more information.

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