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Coherent NPI Engineer -Laser Development in Glasgow, United States

NPI Engineer -Laser Development

  • Job ID:12116

  • Functional Area:Engineering

  • Position Type:Full Time - Regular

  • Experience Required:Not Indicated

  • Location:UK-Glasgow

  • Education Required:Not Indicated

  • Relocation Provided:Yes

  • Tier:

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Job Description and Responsibilities:

At Coherent Scotland we develop laser systems that help people. Our systems are deployed in a wide variety of markets including renewable energy, microelectronics, fundamental research, life sciences and medicine. Our aim is to make a positive impact on everybody’s life by providing customers with lasers with superior reliability and performance.

Coherent Scotland has grown strongly and consistently over the past ten years, even through times of global economic slowdown. We have a healthy product development pipeline which will enable this growth to continue in the future. This will generate a number of exciting opportunities for personal growth within the organization in the years to come.

Coherent Scotland is based at the West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow and is a subsidiary of Coherent Inc., a global leader in the manufacture of laser products. We are housed in a purpose-built facility, with research and development, manufacturing and marketing all on one site. We have a range of projects running at different stages of the development cycle and we have recently moved into new purpose-built labs in a large extension to the factory. As we grow, we are seeking new talent making this a very exciting time to join the Coherent Scotland team.

We have a friendly business orientated environment, an on-site cafeteria and there is a good remuneration package including contributory pension scheme, subsidised private health care and free life assurance.

Reporting into Engineering, this role is for a New Product Introduction (NPI) Engineer to work as part of the design and development team on our cutting-edge laser products. As NPI engineer you will provide inputs to the laser design to ensure design for manufacturing is assured through the development process. Through Prototype and Pilot production you will provide DFX feedback, aid the design team in resolving issues, supply documentation, tooling and training to allow the product to be built in a clean manufacturing environment. You will ensure compliance of the product to specification and test products through HALT/HASS to identify weaknesses and drive changes. You will help contribute to the development of strategic manufacturing capabilities and assist with the adoption of automation and new technologies to ensure repeatability and reliability in the manufacturing process. You will have responsibility for achievement of both personal and team-based goals delivering project focused outputs. You will be able to adapt quickly to changing requirements and understand critical needs and prioritise tasks and workload.

  • Hands on approach to work, with direct engagement with the manufacturing team to understand and resolve issues on the line

  • Lab based work to test and define process and optimise designs

  • Ownership of the transfer of new laser products from design engineering into manufacturing

  • Monitoring Prototype and Pilot production ensuring yields and cycle times are within expectation and identifying improvement opportunities where they are not

  • Influencing designs and design engineers to ensure Lean/ six-sigma principles are considered

  • Influencing design to ensure design for manufacturing is incorporated

  • Leading design FMEA of modules to ensure right first-time designs

  • Interfacing with Operations team – all aspects including planning, quality, manufacturing etc

  • Interfacing with subcontractors and suppliers

  • Liaising with field service to gather customer validation data

  • Testing the laser system design to specification – including HALT/HASS of the system and sub-assemblies - identifying weakness and driving improvements

  • Building prototype and pilot laser systems

  • Documenting build instructions

  • Defining and implementing production tooling

  • Creation of GUIs and automation routines to facilitate manufacturing flow.

Education and Work Experience:

  • Experience in a manufacturing environment, ideally including the transfer from design engineering into manufacturing in a high-tech environment.

  • Degree in science or technology, or equivalent industrial experience

  • Enthusiasm to drive positive change

  • Willingness to take responsibility for improvement actions

  • Initiative to seek innovative solutions to problems

  • Excellent communication and people skills

  • Knowledge of optics, electronics and opto-mechanics– it is expected you will be a hands-on person and will be expected to learn quickly the fundamentals of lasers and how to build and operate them

  • Other advantageous skills:

  • Experience of LabVIEW or other object-oriented programming language

  • Experience with Solidworks or another CAD package

  • An understanding of LEAN and six sigma methodologies

  • Experience with optical fibre handling

We offer a good remuneration package including contributory pension scheme, subsidised private health care and free life assurance. For further details and to make an application, go to our on- line website and search by location Scotland – Glasgow at