Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Job Description

We are growing quickly and looking to expand our technical team.

Headwall Photonics is a global leader in the design and manufacturing spectral imaging systems and high performance spectrometer instruments based on diffraction gratings optical technology. Our international customer base spans multiple industries such as remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and medical & biotech – all united by the desire to solve real and meaningful industry problems.

We are seeking a well-qualified candidate with a passion for developing innovative manufacturing techniques and providing collaborative customer support through the entire product life cycle. The ideal candidate will be able to rapidly develop a robust understanding of the technologies at the core of our business and then integrate best practices and novel processes to enhance our manufacturing and support capabilities.

This position will be located at Headwall's NEW facility in Bolton, Massachusetts, along the Route 495 technology belt around Boston.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Ownership of assigned products, including the creation of all of the tools, procedures, and metrics to ensure a reliable and repeatable production process.

  • Reduction of production costs through incremental design changes, supplier engagements, and waste reduction

  • Engagement with R&D engineering in new product development to ensure producibility, testability, and maintainability of designs with ramp to volume production.

  • Rapid response to customer support requests, including escalation where appropriate (may include travel to customer locations)

  • Proactive customer engagement focused on reducing customer support requests and increasing customer engagement and satisfaction.

  • Development and maintenance of product manuals, guides, videos, etc

  • Technical customer training sessions, locally or anywhere around the world

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Direct experience supporting the manufacturing of precision optical systems, lasers, or spectrometers as described in the “primary responsibilities”

  • Experience creating flexible procedures within an ISO 9001 environment

  • Ability to travel globally (10-40%, variably) and communicate effectively in diverse cultures

  • Successful experience working in a small, technology growth company

  • Sound written skills and small group presentation experience

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Lean Six Sigma Green or Black Belt

  • Proficiency with programming languages, preferably LabView and C++.

  • History of ramping production rates in a mixed model environment

  • Familiarity with US and/or EU export controls and requirements

Citizenship Statement: US Citizens only

Agency Statement: No agencies please

Qualified candidates should contact us at, subject line “Manufacturing Engineer”


As a Massachusetts high technology manufacturer, Fitchburg-based Headwall Photonics is a world leader in the design and manufacture of optical instrumentation for remote sensing applications, industrial process monitoring & control, life sciences/biotechnology, and military & defense applications. Headwall's hyperspectral imagers, Raman spectrometers, and spectral instruments have been selected by OEM and end-user customers around the world for use in critical application environments. Website: