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NPI Production Test Engineer

At SA Photonics, we specialize in the design, development and manufacturing of complex, state-of-the-art communications, laser electro-optic, vision and mechanical systems for military, space and commercial applications.  Some of our products and technologies include optical communication systems for fiber, free-space and underwater applications, LIDAR systems, fiber laser systems, and head mounted display systems for military and commercial applications.

SA Photonics has a small team of highly experienced engineers and scientists.   We are currently looking for a Production Test Engineer to join our New Product Introduction (NPI) team.  Responsibilities include:

  • Integration of complex systems involving optics, fiber optics, electronics, software, firmware, and mechanical sub-assemblies.
  • Build and test of subsystem and system level assemblies for performance verification and system validation. 
  • Troubleshooting of system and subsystem failures.
  • Development of production work instructions and test stations.
  • Support NPI prototype/pilot builds and transition into scale production.
  • Support field testing with occasional travel to off-site and out of state locations.

 The successful candidate will have the following qualities/experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field (preferably Engineering) with at least three years of applicable experience in electronic and/or optical system integration and test.
  • Excellent hands-on and laboratory skills in building, testing, validation, and troubleshooting of optical, fiber optic, electrical, and/or mechanical subsystems.
  • Experience establishing process work flow and writing Standard Work Instructions. 
  • Background or experience in lean manufacturing and/or ISO 9001 preferred.
  • Proactive, organized, self-motivated individual, requiring minimal supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


SA Photonics is headquartered in Los Gatos, California, with easy access to HWY 85 and HWY 17.  SA Photonics provides competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefit package, 401k matching, and a flexible work schedule.  Our employees enjoy our small teams of very motivated engineers, working on state-of-the art projects.

This will be a full-time, regular position.


Due to the nature of much of the work we do, this position is restricted to U.S. Citizens or permanent residents only.

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