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Fabrication Tech I

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Fabrication Tech I

Location: Boulder, CO, United States


The Fabrication Technician reports to the Production Supervisor and functions as part of the Operations Group. The fabrication technician will typically support production of precision optical components. Production support includes grinding, polishing and shaping of optical grade materials, operation of grinders, polishers, and other automated equipment, monitoring the operation of process equipment, handling and transferring the product at various points in the process, adjusting, monitoring and operating various pieces of laboratory equipment. Once complete, the technician will test the products for quality and performance. Accurate recording of data on process sheets and accurate documentation of material movement in the ERP system to support manufacturing operations is another key job function.



  • Use process sheets, work instructions, procedures, etc to verify set points
  • Work under moderate supervision to produce, test, and handle components that are used in lasers and sophisticated electro-optical systems.
  • Use basic processing techniques for producing plano, cylindrical, spherical, and aspheric optics
  • Shape and finish material to generate high-tolerance optical components by:
  • Determining and performing procedures for tooling, blocking, generating, shaping, beveling, grinding, polishing and centering.
  • Practice accepted procedures for handling optical materials
  • Measure and record dimensionality to ensure adherence to specifications and tolerances
  • Retrieve, clean, store and document the finished optical components to ensure their integrity and proper identification
  • Operate, maintain and calibrate high-tolerance optics manufacturing equipment
  • Apply accepted standards to maintain work area cleanliness
  • Inspect and maintain equipment to ensure optimal use and productivity
  • Detect malfunctioning equipment and adjust or repair as necessary and/or notify appropriate work personnel.
  • Conduct optical metrology measurements and inspections
  • Test finished components by appropriate means including test plate or interferometric techniques to ensure compliance with design specifications
  • Determine and select using written instructions & specifications appropriate packaging for protecting, storing, and shipping optics.
  • Clean parts using acetone and isopropyl alcohol


  • 2 year technical degree or a minimum of 3 years manufacturing experience.
  • Ability to read and write English
  • Microsoft Office Skills
  • Shop math skills including the ability to convert inches to millimeter,
  • Experience using calipers and micrometers
  • Fine motor skills
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or Permanent resident as products being manufactured are controlled by International Traffic and Arms Regulations

This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). All Applications must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR. ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. "Green Card Holder"), Politial Asylee, or Refugee.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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