Quality Engineer - Manufacturing


$80K — $100K *


More than 4w ago


5 - 7 years of experience

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About nLIGHT

At nLIGHT, we are constantly on the cutting-edge of laser technology in a massively growing market. We are a leading provider of high-power semiconductors and fiber lasers for industrial, microfabrication, and aerospace & defense applications, to name a few. Our lasers are changing not only the way things are made, but also changing the things that can be made.

Headquartered in Camas, Washington, nLIGHT is a publicly listed company (NASDAQ: LASR).

About the Role

The Quality Engineer is responsible for leading the resolution of all customer satisfaction and supplier quality issues. The successful candidate will have a strong background in quality systems, leading continuous improvement activities, problem solving, and ensuring compliance with a quality management system.


Quality System Management

Manages NCM process by leading MRB in Hillsboro, reporting NCM metric and driving improvement actions.

Manages internal audit schedule for Hillsboro, ensuring all audits are completed on time.

Manages QMS document release and Axapta updates once ECOs are approved.

Provides CofCs as required for Customer shipments.

Supports PDM implementation for Hillsboro.

Continuous Improvement

Ensures data collection methods are robust so that data integrity is unquestionable.

Update manufacturing scorecard weekly.

Benchmarks common processes between Hillsboro and Vancouver and ensure standardization of best practices.

Manages SPC process, including maintenance and improvement of IQS Proficient ‘projects’.

Works with process owners to ensure that SPC drives improvements: Cpk = 1.33 --> 2.0 --> >2.0.

Assists process owners with Measurement System Analysis and data analysis; improvements through Design of Experiments; and prevention through control programs, process standardization, and poka-yoke techniques.

Drives containment and improvement activities as soon as key processes deviate from goal.

Provides guidance and support to Hillsboro Inspectors. Verify inspection failures as required.

Develops upplier capabilities by identifying improvement opportunities through Supplier Quality Metrics and driving Supplier Improvement Plans.

Provides training to sustain improvement activities.

Supports all NPI programs through implementation of Quality Plans for each program including new supplier/new part/new process qualification and integration into the existing QMS.

Leads at least 2 Six Sigma/8D projects per year.

Supports Customer and ISO audits of Hillsboro.


5+ years experience working as a Quality Engineer, preferably in a microelectronics field.

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Science, Math, or Statistics is required.

Strong analytical, project management and communication skills.

Experience using statistical software, such as Minitab.

Experience leading various Design of Experiment activities to achieve improved performance and implementing appropriate statistical process controls to maintain these improvements is preferred.

Robust audit experience, including supplier auditing, is preferred.

ASQ Quality Engineer certification and ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt are preferred.

nLIGHT is proud to offer comprehensive COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Target Cash Bonus

Eligible for Restricted Stock Unit grants

3 weeks of Paid Time Off per year, increasing by 1 day each year up to 4 weeks

9 paid Holidays

Eligible for health benefits on the 1st day of the month after your start date

Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits, including prescription and orthodontia with employee-paid premiums as low as $37.00 per pay period

Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

401(k) with company match and immediate vesting

Company paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, and Life & AD&D Insurance

Employee Assistance Program

Aflac Supplemental Insurance

Paid Bereavement Leave and Jury Duty

Tuition Assistance Program

Pet Insurance

nLIGHT is subject to US Export Control regulations. To qualify for this position, you must be a US Person (that is, a US Citizen or legal Permanent Resident).

Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or age.

nLight is an American laser company founded in 2000 by Scott Keeney. The company is privately held and funded by venture capital firms. It has headquarters in Vancouver, Washington, and operations in Shanghai, Hillsboro, Oregon, and Lohja, Finland. nLight specializes in diode laser components and systems, fiber laser components and systems, and optical fibers. Their key markets include materials processing, consumer electronics, and medical and military applications. nLight was founded in 2000 during the telecom boom. Since its inception, nLight has grown to more than four hundred employees worldwide and has won numerous awards.[citation needed] In 2005, nLight created nConnect, an independent 501(c)(3) entity with a mission to increase student interest and achievement in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by connecting schools to business.
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