Precision Optical Centering Machinist

FISBA is a world leader in customized optical components and systems. The company designs and manufactures scalable products for defence, medical applications and biophotonics, as well as the laser, sensor, machine and industrial image processing industries. 350 highly qualified employees work at facilities in Switzerland, Germany, US and China.


Precision Optical Centering Machinist

The Precision Optical Centering Machinist is responsible for all aspects of production related to precision glass centering at FISBA North America in Tucson, AZ. This includes operation of LOH CM-2 SL glass centering machines as well as support processes such as lens cleaning, inspection, form measurement and quality control. The role may also involve traditional optics manufacturing technologies such as grinding, polishing and centering of lenses. Precision glass molding is used to manufacture some of the most advanced optical components found in the market today, including double sided aspheres, molded lens arrays, free-form optics and complex micro optics. These molded components and the assemblies they go into are used in a variety of industries including defense, medical imaging, and industrial production. The individual in this position will have the ability to work independently and as part of a team, to meet and exceed production goals.


Position Responsibilities

Production / 90%

  • Responsible for carrying out serial production centering duties as assigned by supervisor
  • Responsible for all aspects of operating a precision glass centering machine including support processes such as lens cleaning, inspection, quality control, grinding, polishing, and centering of lenses.
  • Debugging equipment and troubleshooting technical problems within existing jobs, upon startup of new work packages as well as follow-on R&D assignments.
  • Be able to learn and develop a clear understanding of the manufacturing process to meet production schedules.
  • Awareness and responsibility when handling sensitive ITAR related technical data, processes and hardware (training will be provided).
  • Set up, perform general maintenance, program, and operate a LOH CM-2 SL glass centering machine and robotic feed mechanism; Daily tasks include visual inspection, periodic quality checks, and machine efficiency monitoring.
  • Setup associated machines and perform lens cleaning, inspection and quality control, lens grinding, polishing, and centering.
  • Perform measurements of lenses using equipment including calipers, drop gauges, interferometers, and tactile metrology.

Document Control and Safety / 5%

  • Complete daily log sheets and labor records.
  • Complete and maintain incoming inspection records.
  • Follow all ITAR procedures and regulations.
  • Accurately document raw material, finished goods inventory and machine supplies.
  • Maintain safety procedures at all times; identify areas of risk and work with safety coordinator to implement solution.
  • Enforce safety guidelines at all times for visitors in the area.

R&D Support / 5%

  • Responsible for assisting with R&D molding efforts for process development
  • Responsible for carrying out assigned tasks in support of R&D process development
  • Responsible for setting up and determining processes and procedures for prototype manufacture

Education and Work Experience


  • High School graduate with strong aptitude for working with machines and an aptitude in engineering & science.
  • Vocational, two-year college (associates degree level) experience in a field of CNC manufacturing or optics manufacturing, metrology or assembly is preferred, but not required

Preferred Experience

  • Experience in a high precision manufacturing environment involving optical fabrication and/or assembly background preferred.
  • Production experience with optics, CNC machines, or related production preferred
  • Knowledge of basic machine programming, machine maintenance, metrology and optics inspection techniques preferred
  • Possess a clear understanding of manufacturing best practices and methods to assist production teams with achieving on time delivery and quality goals

Required Skills/Qualities

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Works well independently and on a team
  • Seeks continuous growth and improvement of production processes
  • Outstanding attention to detail and passion for delivering work to the highest standard
  • Ability to multitask, must be well organized and motivated
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Positive attitude, self-motivated, self-sufficient and confident

Additional Details

Working Conditions

  • Manufacturing working conditions in a climate-controlled ISO Class 5 clean room environment. Proper procedures and regulations must be adhered to in order to control and maintain room cleanliness.
  • Mental/Visual Demands requires thorough attention to detail and a keen sense of alertness.


  • Competitive pay and paid time off
  • 100% paid medical, vision and dental benefits for employees
  • 100% paid short & long term disability & life insurance for employees
  • 401(k) matching

Please send your application letter and your resume directly to: 
Karen Kahn,

6296 E Grant Rd Suite 150
Tucson, AZ 85712, United States
Tel: +1 520 867 8100

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