Since 2003, Supply Chain Optics has been providing a huge variety of OEM optical parts to hi-tech manufacturers across the US and Canada. We have an opening for a Manufacturing & Quality Engineer (MQE), whose primary role is to shepherd SCO’s products as they undergo manufacturing at SCO’s global network of optical parts vendors, fielding vendor questions and coming up with solutions to production problems as they arise. The MQE should be familiar with the application of each SCO product so as to be able to provide SCO’s vendors with the guidance they need to manufacture products that meet SCO’s customers’ needs. The MQE should be able to understand the theory behind and know how to perform all of the metrology tasks that are done at SCO as well as develop new test methods.
One of the most important logistical aspects of this position is the unusual (but flexible) schedule. The MQE will have to be available to communicate in the evenings with our offshore vendors in real time, up to 4 hours every evening (typically Sunday night through Thursday night, remotely from home). The MQE will spend the remaining hours in the office, Monday thru Friday.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Act as primary technical interface with SCO’s optical parts vendors, from the time when SCO places orders with its vendors through inspection at SCO and successful delivery to SCO’s customers
Contribute to generating new manufacturing instructions for SCO’s optical parts vendors
Contribute to the updating of existing manufacturing documentation
Develop specific audit plans for vendors depending on what types of parts they currently produce or in the future may produce, for us.
Perform vendor site visits/audits
Assist lab technicians in SCO’s metrology lab with technical setups and operation of metrology lab equipment
Review test data provided by SCO’s vendors prior to vendors’ shipments of optical parts to SCO
Develop the more complicated new setups required in SCO’s metrology lab, which may be beyond the capability of SCO’s lab technicians.
Assist in the acquisition of new lab equipment & capabilities, update current lab equipment, and or troubleshoot issues with lab equipment
Assist with basic lab management tasks when Metrology Lab Manager is away.
Work with and study current lab metrology tools to help further utilize our capabilities.
Demonstrate proficiency in the physics and math associated with the various concepts and calculations associated with optics.
Use TFCalc thin film coating design software to analyze and troubleshoot our vendors’ coating designs.
Use Zemax optical design software to analyze prescriptions from existing optical designs and to model metrology lab measurement setups.
Interact with our machine shop(s) and/or use our 3D printer for fabrication of fixtures, mounts, and other tools that need to be built for lab setups.
Work with the Metrology Lab Manager to develop new, more efficient day to day processes, inspection methods, and tools to be implemented in the lab.
Train and assist seasonal and part-time lab staff.
Read ANSI, ISO, and MIL-spec optical component drawings.
Understand the requirements of MIL-C-675C, MIL-C-14806A, MIL-C-48497A, MIL-F-48616, MIL-M-13508C, and MIL-PRF-13830B.
Communicate with SCO’s offshore vendor base at odd hours (mainly late at night).
Be intimately involved in the development of new optical parts (i.e. know the crucial parameters) so test plans can be generated ahead of time, before the parts arrive from our vendors.
Take an active role in purchasing/procurement projects to vet new potential vendors
The Manufacturing Engineer position will get exposure to a broad spectrum of optical testing methods and working with all types of optical metrology tools including:
A variety of different Fizeau interferometers
Newton-ring (fringe) viewer
White light interferometer-based surface profiler
Coordinate measuring microscopes
Visual & electronic autocollimators
Laser & multi-spectral light sources
Optical power meters
Laser beam profiler
Lens focal length, centering and MTF tester
Interferometric radius slide
2D optical micrometers
Setups for characterizing polarization properties of mirrors
Setups for characterizing birefringence in optical materials
Customer-supplied functional-test systems.
BS, MS or PhD in a STEM/technical field but augmented by optics experience
Experience with optical metrology is much more important to us than experience in optical fabrication, since our grinding, polishing and coating are all done outside but we do the metrology in-house).
Past exposure to statistical analysis using Excel, "R Software" or other tools
We reserve the right to alter the responsibilities of the Manufacturing Quality Engineer depending on our current needs. Consequently, we may modify this job description at any time.
Additional Salary Information: Supply Chain Optics offers competitive compensation, paid holiday, PTO and platinum-grade health insurance.
About Supply Chain Optics
Supply Chain Optics has been providing OEM optical parts to hi-tech manufacturers since 2003. We oversee the production of a vast assortment of optical components offshore while domestically performing important value-added services such as optical engineering, advanced coating and quality assurance. We have an extensive metrology laboratory to verify all aspects of optical performance. We also perform design services for our customers using the latest version of Zemax OpticStudio. Supply Chain Optics has around 15 employees who enjoy working with a great deal of freedom and latitude in a very positive environment.