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Sr. NPI Process Automation Engineer at Coherent Inc

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full Time
Location: Santa Clara, California

Job Description:

Job Description and Responsibilities:

Coherent is seeking an NPI Process Automation Engineer who can design Automated Test and Assembly Stations for Laser manufacturing. This position is in the NPI Engineering Group within the High Power Optically Pumped Semiconductor (HOPS) business unit. Ideal candidate will be a multi-disciplinarian, who is able to assemble Opto-Mechanics, identify tooling Optics, define Station Layout and tie everything together by writing modular Software code.

* Improve production efficiency by applying automation to areas where touch-time reduction and process consistency are needed

* Define layout, then build and qualify stations by installing optics, opto-mechanics and capital test equipment

* Develop and maintain software to automate station functions including data acquisition, analysis, storage and reporting for continuous improvement

* Support and improve existing production software tools and application level programs

* Translate build and test requirements into final purchasing decisions for tooling & capital equipment

* Prepare, release and maintain station BOMs within a Product Lifecycle Management system

* Perform formal Gage R&R as part of station qualification

* Interface with other engineering groups in pulling new products into manufacturing, with the primary focus of having tools ready in manufacturing when the project passes appropriate phase gates

* Develop and implement machine vision based systems for image processing/analysis

* Insure Lean Six-Sigma approach in developing manufacturing processes

* Mentor and train highly skilled technicians

* Tactfully negotiate and manage conflict in a pool of diverse opinions

* Responsible for defining and achieving project milestones

Education and Work Experience:

Minimum of BS in Optical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics or related Physical Sciences required. MS highly desirable. Demonstrated 7+ years of experience as an Automation Engineer, Test Engineer or Process Development Engineer in a high-technology precision manufacturing environment

* Significant experience in LabVIEW including understanding of advanced programing concepts like State-Machines, Data-flow driven architectures , Event triggers & Error handling etc. VB or C/C++ nice to have

* Fluent understanding of specifications as it pertains to catalog opto-mechanics, optics, sensors and actuators (ex., Thorlabs, Newport, Edmund, etc)

* Experience with tolerance analysis for mounting of optics in beam delivery applications

* Theoretical understanding of Optics in terms of calculation of focal length, field-of-view, resolution, depth-of-field, etc

* Demonstrated experience in building and delivering production-ready Test/Assembly stations to manufacturing

* Experience with designing and road-mapping database structures

* Working knowledge of SQL based database systems and the ability to generate SQL statements for read/write operations within application level programs, for the storage/retrieval of test and assembly data

* Motion control as it applies to automated test and assembly. Experience with motorized actuators and robotics desirable

* Implementing camera-lens based vision applications for image acquisition and analysis. Understanding of image processing concepts like color plane extraction, morphology (erosion, dilation), pattern-matching

* Vast experience with measurement equipment like optical spectrum analyzers, optical power meters, DAQ cards, oscilloscopes, function generators, beam profilers (spatial/temporal), etc. Experience in writing code to communicate with instruments for data extraction using various communication protocols

* Excellent oral and written communication skills

* Able to present data to a wide range of audience, from technicians to senior management

* Strong organizational and time-management skills

* Strong project management experience desirable as it pertains to station bring-up

* Demonstrated leadership in decision making in front of ambiguous or limited data

* Must work well in teams, but is also comfortable in holding ground when needed

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.