Optical Instrument Technician


Auburn, WA

Optical Instrument Technician


The Boeing Company

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USA - Auburn, WA

Job Description Qualifications:

Boeing Commercial Airplanes has an exciting opportunity for an Optical Instrument Technician to join our team in Auburn, WA.

Technicians in this position design, fabricate and maintain optical/electrical components of tooling and production measuring instruments. Set up, diagnose, repair and operate instruments, calibrate and use standards that verify attributes of equipment per drawings, specifications, sketches and procedures. May require 20/20 vision.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Obtain, examine and use drawings, sketches, specifications, lab procedures and other documentation (6M61-200 Optical Equipment Service Manual), using on line computing systems.

  • Visually inspect unit under test for discrepancies that could affect accuracy.

  • Set up unit under repair (transit, laser tracker, theodolite) using appropriate support fixtures (alignment bench, carts, test stand) and attachments (targets, mounts, adapters).

  • Perform preliminary adjustments, zeroing of instrument prior to accomplishing diagnoses of item under repair.

  • Perform repair work per non-conformance reports from calibration/certification inspection and/or customer.

  • Clean delicate surfaces and/or optical paths (bearing races, optics, electrical components) to remove contaminants, using appropriate solvents and materials, Perform repair, modification and/or calibration on conventional optical instruments (levels, alignment scopes, microscopes) and computer aided optical instruments (theodolite, Laser tracker, V-Stars) using appropriate instruments (voltmeter, collimator, interferometer).

  • Verify accuracy of in-process repair and/or completed instrument, up to millionths of an inch/arc second.

  • Work with mathematical computations (algebra, geometry, trigonometry) necessary to set up, repair and/or calibrate the unit under repair.

  • Troubleshoot, test, repair, modify and install various types of computer/electronic systems used on experimental and production optical measuring systems.

  • Perform computer upgrade for operation of 3D measuring systems (software, components, configure) set up, maintain and operate, per requirements.

  • Perform removal/installation of optical components to grind, polish and coat lenses and prisms to customer requirements.

  • Perform maintenance, repair and adjustment of mechanical/electrical components (motors, bearings, leveling screws) to allow adjustments of optical components.

  • Operate fabrication equipment (conventional/NC lathe and/or mill, drill press, grinders) to build optical/electrical test fixtures and accessories (photo sensors, alignment fixtures, test stands).

  • Use necessary precision measurement tools.

  • Support Manufacturing Research and Development (MR&D) on new technology measuring systems (photo-gammetry, scanning lasers) to design, layout, fabricate, assemble accessories and set up (adapters, targets, mounts) for the required application.

  • Work with MR&D engineers to provide documentation and sketches to place a new part design into the Boeing Optical Tool catalog.

  • Develop methods and procedures for optical measurement processes to be used on items requiring repair/calibration.

This position is expected to be 100% onsite. The selected candidate will be required to work onsite at one of the listed location options.

The position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a “US Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. “US Person” includes US Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.

This position will require ability to travel 10-20% of the time.

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills/Experience):

  • 1+ years of experience with optics, lasers, electronics, mechanical or instrumentation.

  • 2+ years experience with conventional and numerical control machines.

  • Experience in optical equipment assembly and repair.

Typical Education:

High school graduate or GED preferred.


This position is located in a location that does not offer relocation. Candidates must live in the immediate area or relocate at their own expense.


1st shift.

Drug Free Workplace:

Boeing is a Drug Free Workplace where post offer applicants and employees are subject to testing for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, PCP, and alcohol when criteria is met as outlined in our policies.


  • Resumes of current Puget Sound Boeing employees submitted via Careers at Boeing will be considered as this job is not installed in QTTP.

  • This is an hourly position governed by the International Association of Machinists (IAM-751) Collective Bargaining agreement.

At Boeing, we strive to deliver a Total Rewards package that will attract, engage and retain the top talent. Elements of the Total Rewards package include competitive base pay and variable compensation opportunities.

The Boeing Company also provides eligible employees with an opportunity to enroll in a variety of benefit programs, generally including health insurance, flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts, retirement savings plans, life and disability insurance programs, and a number of programs that provide for both paid and unpaid time away from work.

The specific programs and options available to any given employee may vary depending on eligibility factors such as geographic location, date of hire, and the applicability of collective bargaining agreements. Pay is based upon candidate experience and qualifications, as well as market and business considerations.

Summary pay range: $36.00 - $51.30

Applications for this position will be accepted until June 30, 2024.

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world.


No relocation available

Export Control Requirement:

U.S. Government Export Control Status: This position must meet export control compliance requirements. To meet export control compliance requirements, a “U.S. Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. §120.15 is required. “U.S. Person” includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.

Safety Sensitive:

This is not a safety sensitive position

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This position is not contingent upon program award

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