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Sr. Systems Engineer
  • Job ID: 12932
  • Functional Area: Engineering
  • Position Type: Full Time - Regular
  • Experience Required: 5 - 7 Years
  • Location: MI-Plymouth
  • Education Required: Bachelors Degree
  • Relocation Provided: Yes
  • Tier: US02

Job Description and Responsibilities:

Coherent is a world leader of lasers and laser-based technology for materials processing, microelectronics, scientific, life sciences and medical customers. The light we deliver touches almost every aspect of human life—vision correction to cell analysis, precision welding to 3-D metal printing, gravity wave detection to brain research. Put your talents to work at Coherent where you can create and innovate enabling technologies that will push the frontiers of science and technology.

We are seeking an experienced Systems/Software/Controls Engineer to join our Laser Systems team in Plymouth, MI. This team designs and builds turn-key, automated opto-electro-mechanical systems that utilize lasers to mark, cut and weld materials across varied market segments. We’re looking for a dedicated achiever that thrives in a fast-paced environment. This person will effectively communicate, regularly share relevant status updates and effectively articulate issues and recommendations to senior management.


  • Develop control software and commission custom laser processing tools for various applications (cutting, welding, marking…) over a wide range of industries (medical, aerospace, semiconductor…)
    • Custom HMI Development (C# .NET)
    • PLC/CNC programming (ST/Ladder/FBD/CNC [G-code])
    • Machine Vision (Cognex/Halcon)
  • Integrate all types of Class IV Coherent lasers into custom Class I laser work cells, develop laser controls, test laser function
    • CW to fs pulsing
    • UV to FIR wavelengths
    • mW to kW output power
  • Perform additional hardware/software configuration and calibration
    • Safety PLC programming (Pilz)
    • Controls/sensors hardware commissioning
    • Micron-level motion compensation
  • Troubleshoot unexpected hardware and software issues due to design/manufacturing flaws or non-conforming parts
  • Collaborate with applications experts to develop production process and parameters to realize customer requirements
  • Interact with internal/external customers to understand needs, develop specifications, and ultimately deliver outstanding solutions

Education and Work Experience:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or similar discipline
  • Programming experience, preferred both PLC/CNC and Windows applications
  • Experience with hands-on debugging of electronics/systems and software
  • Willing to travel up to 20% for onsite revalidation and customer troubleshooting

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience creating custom HMIs using C# .NET with WPF
  • Experience with one or more [PLC/motion/robot] control systems, e.g. Beckhoff, Aerotech, FANUC
  • Familiarity with system-level electrical schematics
  • Experience with both remote and on-site support of customers
  • Knowledge of industrial network protocols, e.g. ProfiNet, Ethernet/IP, EtherCAT
  • Experience with custom-machines/industrial-automation/system-integration
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
  • Desire to develop new skills, gain knowledge, and work on challenging problems

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

As a government contractor Coherent will require all new U.S. employees to be fully-vaccinated for Covid-19 as a condition of hire unless they are legally entitled to an accommodation for a disability or sincerely held religious belief. More information regarding accommodations can be found on our Diversity and Inclusion page.