Optics Technician

Microfluidics International Corp.

Boulder, CO

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Position Summary:

The Optical Technician will be expected to possess and continually develop a broad spectrum of skills. The technician will primarily focus on manufacturing orders but will also work closely with engineering and will have a direct say in process development and continuous improvement decisions. Technicians should be self-motivated and will be required to work unsupervised at times.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • High precision optics metrology (interferometry, optical part characterization)
  • Cleaning, handling and assembly of optical and opto-electronic components
  • Optical contacting
  • Cleaning and visual inspection of optical components.
  • Proper handling and packaging of critical and fragile optical components.
  • Inventory management of consumables for clean room, manufacturing, and chemical supplies.
  • Procedure enforcement, maintenance, and cleaning of fabrication and clean room areas.
  • Ability to read, follow and understand procedures
  • Documentation and procedure development of manufacturing processes.
  • Actively participate in establishing and improving manufacturing processes procedures
  • Transacts production work orders through ERP
  • Follows all safety training and guidelines
  • Train and work cross functionally in any optical production area as driven by business need (ex. coating, inspection & packaging (I/P), metrology, and potentially fabrication)
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor or his/her designate

Fabrication Specific, if applicable:

  • Machining (grinding, lapping and polishing) of glass/silicon/ceramic materials on automated and manual equipment
  • CNC fabrication equipment operation and maintenance

Inspection & Packaging (I/P) Specific, if applicable:

  • Cleans parts prior to and following deposition of coatings or during other manufacturing steps using both hand cleaning and spin cleaning
  • Cleans and inspects glass and crystal parts and assemblies
  • Packages parts for shipment to customer
  • Loads and unloads complex parts into fixturing
  • Inspects parts and measures defect sizes against MIL specifications

Coating Specific, if applicable:

  • Operates vacuum coating equipment to produce optical thin films
  • Loading and unloading of coating equipment
  • Cleans and maintains coating equipment
  • Calculates various parameters for coating runs from previously recorded data
  • Performs spectrophotometer scan and analysis
  • Troubleshoots vacuum systems

Experience / Skills / Abilities:

  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment preferred
  • Experience working with optical components a plus
  • Familiarity with clean room and ESD safe environments constraints a plus
  • Familiarity with microscope inspection techniques a plus
  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks requiring exacting and continuous mental and visual concentration in a consistent manner
  • Proficient with basic computer use (Word, Excel) and communication tools (e-mail)
  • Strong work ethic
  • Desire to learn new skills
  • Team player with solid communication skills


This position may require lawful access to ITAR/EAR controlled information and employees in this role will need to meet those requirements. Requirements include US Citizenship, US Permanent Resident or ability to meet contract-specific licensure requirements.

Reporting and Location:

This position is based in Boulder, Colorado and reports to the Production Supervisor.

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Total Rewards

The compensation range for this position is $40,200.00 - $60,400.00, depending on experience. This position may be eligible for performance based bonus plan.

Benefits Package

Our comprehensive U.S. benefit offerings include: Health benefits, 401(k) retirement savings program with company match, PTO, and more. More information on our benefits and rewards can be found on our career page: https://www.idexcorp.com/careers/our-benefit-and-rewards/

IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

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