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MKS Instruments Inc Senior Mechanical Engineer in Milpitas, California

Spectra-Physics, Ophir, Newport and ESI are brands within the MKS Instruments Photonics Solutions division. We provide a full range of solutions including lasers for precision industrial and scientific research applications, laser and LED measurement, beam profiling, precision motion control, optical tables and vibration isolation systems, photonics instruments, temperature sensing, opto-mechanical components, optical elements, and systems for flexible PCB laser processing, high-speed MLCC testing, and CO2-laser-based systems HDI PCB and IC substrate manufacturing. MKS Photonics Solutions enhance our customers’ capabilities and productivity in the semiconductor, advanced electronics and specialty industrial markets.

A Day in Your Life at MKS:

As a Mechanical Engineer, you will provide mechanical engineering expertise and support for the R&D of future, and existing, generations of ultra-fast, high-power industrial and scientific lasers. If you have a passion for learning new things, innovation, developing cutting edge solutions and being involved with all aspects of developing a product, we have an opportunity for you.

You Will Make an Impact By:

  • Design highly reliable products with cost, reliability, serviceability and manufacturability in mind

  • Ownership of all phases of the mechanical design of parts, assemblies, and products from conceptualization to obsolescence

  • Ownership of all phases of the mechanical design of tooling/fixturing for assembly and process development

  • Design and DFM verification using structural, thermal and flow analysis, tolerance studies, physical measurement and assembly, etc.

  • Provide mechanical engineering expertise to identify, diagnose and troubleshoot product-related issues and root cause analysis

  • Documentation: Drawings, BOMs, ECOs, etc.

  • Leading and participating in design reviews

  • Acquisition of parts and assemblies, and vendor management, from concept through NPI builds

  • Collaboration with various functional teams including project management, optical engineering, electrical and software engineering, NPI, sustaining engineering, manufacturing, service, document control, marketing, etc.

  • Participation in conducting performance tests, building assemblies, verifying tooling, building lasers, etc.

  • Adherence to MKS/SP standards, practices, safety policies and procedures.

Skills You Bring:

  • BSME required; MSME preferred

  • 2+ years of design experience in an engineering R&D environment

  • Experience with high-precision assemblies; Opto-mechanical design and laser design experience preferred

  • Competent with using mechanical hardware and tools

  • Functional knowledge and practical application of GD&T

  • Functional knowledge and practical application of DFM principles

  • Proficient with Solidworks; CREO experience is a plus

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Experience with FEA tools for structural, thermal and flow analysis

We are interested in a qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we will not be sponsoring work visas for this position, at this time.

Compensation and Benefits: Salary Pay Range: $72,500 to 134,600 per year. This range is a good faith esti mate of the expected salary range for this position, based on a wide range of factors including qualifications, experience and training, operational and business needs and other considerations permitted by law.  At MKS, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for the role.

Bonus: This position is eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, in an amount to be determined by MKS [or as applicable].

Benefits: MKS offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance coverage (medical, dental and vision), 401(k) with company match, life and disability insurance, 11 paid holidays, sick time, 15 paid vacation days, [6 weeks fully paid] parental leave, adoption assistance and tuition reimbursement [and for participation in any stock programs, signing bonus, etc.].


Globally, our policy is to recruit individuals from wide and diverse backgrounds. However, certain positions require access to controlled goods and technologies subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Applicants for these positions may need to be “U.S. persons.” “U.S. persons” are generally defined as U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, lawful permanent residents (or, green card holders), individuals granted asylum, and individuals admitted as refugees.

MKS Instruments, Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries (“MKS”) is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer: diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. We win as a team and are committed to recruiting and hiring qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), religion, age, ancestry, physical or mental disability or handicap, marital status, membership in the uniformed services, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable law. Hiring decisions are based on merit, qualifications and business needs. We conduct background checks and drug screens, in accordance with applicable law and company policies. MKS is generally only hiring candidates who reside in states where we are registered to do business.

MKS is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or interview process due to a disability, please contact us at: accommodationsatMKS@mksinst.com .

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