Principal Thin Film Engineer


: $95,345.00 - $174,640.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Engineering

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Simply stated, Materion makes advanced materials that improve the world. We are a global leader in creating innovative, high performance engineered material solutions and services for a wide range of growth industries: high-tech consumer electronics, telecommunications, commercial aerospace, defense, medical, automotive, and many more.

Our products, services and expertise help enable customers technologies. We supply sophisticated thin film coatings for hard disk drives, specialty inorganic chemicals for solar energy panels, bio-compatible materials for implantable medical devices, specialty alloys for miniature consumer electronics components, optical filters for thermal imaging, critical components for infrared sensing technology, special materials for LEDs and much more. As the worlds only integrated mine-to-mill supplier of beryllium-based products, we also offer beryllium, specialty engineered beryllium alloys and beryllium composites.

As a team of 2,600 associates, we partner with customers in more than 50 countries. In 2017, we generated over $1B+ in revenues and made an exciting new acquisition that expanded our footprint in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Materion Precision Coatings (MPC) is one of the worlds largest providers of precision thin film coatings and optical filters. MPC offers most advanced deposition technologies including IBS, IAD, magnetron sputtering and thermal evaporation, as well as state-of-the-art process controls and thin film design methodology. Our core competencies include advanced micro lithography, ultra-low defect coating, and opto-mechanical assembly. With facilities in the US and China, our geographical and technological breadth allows us to deliver unique options and comprehensive solutions. MPC provides innovative solutions to meet the toughest challenges in diverse markets spanning Defense, Commercial, Automotive, Thermal Imaging, Projection Display, Science, Space and Astronomy.

For more information, please visit our website at_ and check out our videoMaterion Isalong with other videos of our employees sharing what it means for them to work at Materion._


The Senior Staff Engineer works with the Product Engineer to develop and define new processes to meet customer requirements. The incumbent works with the Manufacturing Engineer to maintain existing processes.


Supervises and performs the design, development and production of thin film coated optics while continuously improving process, equipment, materials, training and methods of fabrication.

Benchmarks of success include: Manufacturability of designs, higher yields, lower costs and new optical, mechanical performance records and ultimately satisfied customers

Demonstrated process engineering skills based on physics, optics, chemistry, material science, electronics and vacuum fundamentals.

Leads and contributes to all aspects of custom thin film manufacturing, including requirement definition, new product development, cost estimation and quoting, optical coating design, mechanical stress analysis, manufacturing instructions, fixture design, test plans, data analysis.

Ensures vitality of Materion process capabilities.

Responsible for process cost (profit and loss).

Establishes process metrics.

Develops new processes to make products (takes ownership).

Ensures all necessary process documentation (PPAP, FMEA, control plans) exists and reside in ERP.

Oversees and validates SPC and process improvement efforts.

Manages and participates in process change control via QSi.

Specifies new equipment needs.

Initiates, tracks, and validates capital projects.

Oversees and validates new equipment and process installation.

Specifies process for generating run files and run sheets.

Works with Product Development Engineer to develop monitor schemes.

Supports Manufacturing Engineer with in process review of production and MRB.

Supports Manufacturing Engineer in achieving or exceeding predicted process capability, yield and OEE.

Designs tooling and masking with Product Development Engineer.

Supports Applications Engineer and Products Design Engineer with estimating.

Works with Application Engineer and product Development Engineer on estimating masters.

Supports resolving customer issues and concerns with 8Ds.

Works with Safety to provide safe process and working conditions

The above statement reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the position described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the role.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Must have Masters Degree in Engineering or Science discipline. Must have mastery of Microsoft Office and strong mathematics background in order to perform statistical analysis.

15+ years hands-on optical coating experience required. Optics and optical systems background required.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Leadership - Inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; inspires respect and trust.

Managing People - Makes self available to staff; provides regular performance feedback; fosters quality focus in others; improves processes, products and services.

Decision-Making Ability to take decisive action based on limited input, as well as to determine when higher-level management input is required.

Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; responds well to questions.

Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; able to read and interpret written information.

Organized Organizes time and written information effectively and efficiently.

Responsive follows up and completes action items

Judgment Makes sound and well-informed decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; makes effective and timely decisions.

Job ID: 2019-2770

# of Openings: 1

Job Locations: US-MA-Tyngsboro

Business Unit: Precision Optics

Relocation Provided: No

Category: Engineering - Operations

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