Are you looking for a challenging, exciting, and rewarding opportunity?

At Inrad Optics we improve the world’s safety, security, and scientific understanding by transforming challenging requirements into optical realities.  In pursuit of this mission, Inrad Optics has built an exceptional reputation for growing and fabricating exceptional crystalline materials and using advanced manufacturing competencies to produce tight tolerance optical components and assemblies.  Inrad Optics is proud to service a global customer base of technology firms, research universities, and governments from our Northvale, New Jersey facility.

In addition to a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package, generous paid time off, and Company matched 401K contributions, Inrad offers the unique opportunity to share and build upon your knowledge and talents!

We are always looking for talented individuals to join our team.  If you don’t see the opportunity you are looking for, send your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know you are interested.

Unique Careers in Optical Manufacturing


We currently have entry level openings for candidates who have good basic math skills, an understanding of mechanical equipment, good hand-eye coordination and hand dexterity, and communication skills.

If you have an artistic side, like to work on cars or use hand tools for woodworking, have lots of patience, enjoy “creating things”, can follow written and oral instructions, then you may be an excellent candidate for one of our positions.

Career Skills You Will Learn Include:

  • Handling many types of materials related to optical components.
  • Operating optical polishing, grinding, milling, generating and diamond turning machines.
  • Cleaning of in-process and completed optical components.
  • Measuring optical components with many types of instruments and gauges such as indicators, micrometers, calipers, eye loupe comparators, laser interferometers and more.
  • Read blueprints related to optical components and assemblies.
  • Set up and operate optical spindle machines to polish various optical components, including windows, prisms, and lenses. Typical materials consist of optical glass, quartz, zinc selenide, silicon and germanium.
  • Many other facets of optical processing and fabrication.

You Possess These Skills:

  • Attention to detail — ability to accomplish tasks and processes accurately and completely.
  • Coordination — ability to follow instructions through a standard work process, to perform routine tasks and to check work for accuracy before completion of tasks.
  • Problem solving — ability to identify problems, determine possible solutions, and actively work to resolve the issues.
  • Able to lift 25 pounds.

Education and Experience

  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

In addition to a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package, generous paid time off, and company-matched 401K contributions, Inrad offers the unique opportunity to share and build upon your knowledge and talents!

Please send your cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Opportunities for Experienced Opticians, Optical Technicians and Optical Machinists

Inrad Optics has openings for experienced opticians, optical technicians and optical machinists. Our operations include fabricate, grind and/or polish precision optics using a variety of equipment. These roles will be part of the Optical Manufacturing team which is responsible for producing precision optics and optical assemblies. In addition, this position will expose you to various optical manufacturing assignments supporting support both new and existing programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Read, understand and follow optical blueprints and ensure conformity to blueprint specifications and the work order traveler.
  • Hand grind and spindle grind optical glass, quartz and infrared optical material and ensure conformity to work order traveler and blueprint specifications.
  • Set up and operate optical spindle machines to polish various optical components, including windows, prisms, and lenses. Typical materials consist of optical glass, quartz, zinc selenide, silicon and germanium.
  • Knowledge of measuring optical dimensions and angles using various inspection equipment, including autocollimator, micrometer, dial and or digital indicator, caliper and Zygo interferometer.
  • Maintain and clean all machinery and follow preventive maintenance schedules.
  • Responsible for maintaining a clean, safe and organized work area on a daily basis.

Competencies:

  • Technical knowledge — demonstrates a designated level of technical skill or knowledge in a specific technical area(s) and ability to keep up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise.
  • Attention to detail — ability to accomplish tasks and processes accurately and completely.
  • Coordination — ability to follow instructions through a standard work process, to perform routine tasks and to check work for accuracy before completion of tasks.
  • Problem solving — ability to identify problems, determine possible solutions, and actively work to resolve the issues.
  • Able to lift 25 pounds.

Education and Experience

  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Experience in optical spindle polishing at a high precision optical shop preferred

Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

In addition to a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package, generous paid time off, and company-matched 401K contributions, Inrad offers the unique opportunity to share and build upon your knowledge and talents!

Please send your cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Inrad Optics has an opening for an Optical Manufacturing Engineer in our Northvale, NJ facility. The right candidate will join an exceptional group of scientists, engineers and technical craftspeople in our collaborative pursuit of the Inrad Optic mission.

We are looking for an engineer with the ability to develop, troubleshoot, document, and prove out new or existing manufacturing methods and processes to ensure efficient, effective, and timely production of Inrad Optics products and services. You will also assist Manufacturing and Quality Assurance to solve unusual process/operating problems. With your breadth of knowledge, you will be able to provide information vital to quoting of new opportunities, as well as keeping larger project-based work on track.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research, evaluate, recommend, and implement changes to methods, processes, equipment, materials, and tooling. Coordinates changes with manufacturing, QA, engineering and other departments.
  • Develop, document and deliver training to employees on new or changed manufacturing processes, methods, procedures, and Engineering Masters.
  • Troubleshoot manufacturing processes, machinery, tools and fixtures. Develop, communicate, and implement cost-effective process improvements.
  • Create fixtures and tools to improve throughput, efficiency and yields. Generate prints, work orders and other related documentation.
  • Generate Work Instructions and Manufacturing Standard Procedures and coordinate approval process for WI and MSP’s.
  • Provides hands-on technical support to all manufacturing departments.
  • Review work orders against current manufacturing practices and correct as required.
  • Provide cost analysis of new/old parts for quote or process correction purposes.
  • Provide optical calculations and problem resolutions to manufacturing or customer as required.
  • Provide assistance to QC inspectors in optical measurement set-ups such as those used in interferometry, autocollimator, goniometer, profilometer and so forth.
  • Create, monitor, maintain and execute projects within the scope of producing novel optical components and/or assemblies.

Experience

  • Three-plus years optical manufacturing experience in a fast-paced, hands-on manufacturing environment
  • Familiarity with optical inspection techniques and equipment
  • Familiarity with optical assembly techniques and considerations
  • Knowledge of optical materials and applications across the wavelength spectrum
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), MS Project and ERP systems. Experience with Zemax and/or Solid Works a plus
  • Strong hands-on process development and troubleshooting skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills required

Education

  • BS degree in Optical/Mechanical Engineering, Physics or related field, or at least 10 years direct commensurate experience with optical component manufacturing

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