Development Engineer II at Coherent in Traverse City, Michigan

Posted in Other 3 days ago.

Job Description:

Job Description and Responsibilities:

Coherent is a world leader of lasers and laser-based technology for materials processing, microelectronics, scientific, life sciences and medical customers. The light we deliver touches almost every aspect of human life-vision correction to cell analysis, precision welding to 3-D metal printing, gravity wave detection to brain research. Put your talents to work at Coherent where you can create and innovate enabling technologies that will push the frontiers of science and technology.


Development Engineers in the new product introduction group are in charge of one to many individual projects ranging from simple modifications of existing products to the creation and validation or of new complex devices. Their duties include concept and design of optical devices and/or processes, test and measurement, and document creation.

Essential Duties

  • Oversee various projects within R&D and/or Business Development utilizing the PDP Process as appropriate

  • Design and testing of mechanical, optical and electronic components and devices

  • Create and maintain documentation (drawings, bills of material, device assembly procedures, schematics, test procedures, ISO, etc)

  • Assist production department with design and performance issues

  • Lead Product development projects and reporting out to management on project status

  • Identify design risks and execute quick feasibility tests to understand severity and evaluate solutions

  • Work with various company departments and customers on design and scheduling issues

  • Technical customer interface on projects and general support for sales department

Other Responsibilities

  • Commitment to ISO procedures and policies

  • Lead technical staff involved in a project

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Education and Work Experience:

Job Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or physics required.

Other Requirements

  • Domestic and international travel up to 10%

Job Competencies

  • Strong knowledge of laser optics (fiber and bulk) and asociated physics

  • Fiber optic handling skills

  • Strong critical thinking skills

  • Operation of low and high power free space and fiber lasers

  • MRP/ERP experience highly preferred

  • Experience in R&D or New Product Development preferred

  • COMSOL Modeling Experience preferred

  • Management skills

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and changing priorities

  • Strong PC skills

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Strong communication skills in a group setting

  • Familiarity with LEAN principles preferred

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.