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Who We Are at HunterLab

We are Associates We are Associates

At HunterLab, it’s believed that growth & success are in large part dependent upon the growth & success of our employees, who are called “Associates.” The founder of HunterLab, Richard Hunter, started the company with this mindset and we proudly carry it in all that we do today.

We’re 100% Employee Owned We’re 100% Employee Owned

Success is best when it’s shared by all who had a hand in it. As an Associate, you’re part of our Employee Stock Ownership Plan and you’re eligible for Quarterly Profit Sharing. HunterLab is 100% Employee Owned, with each Associate in charge of their own success & the overall success of HunterLab.

We’re Innovators We’re Innovators

We’re always striving to strengthen our leadership position in the color measurement technology field. Our perpetual goal is to provide customers with the most valuable knowledge and best solutions to their color measurement needs. We aim to help our customers succeed.

We’re the World’s True Measure of Color We’re the World’s True Measure of Color

HunterLab is ISO 9001:2008 certified with over 60 years of industry experience. Our color measurement solutions measure color the way that your eye sees it. Our technology supports thousands of customers in nearly every industry imaginable in 55 countries worldwide.

We’re Local We’re Local

Founded and established in 1952 in the Northern Virginia area out of Richard Hunter’s home, our office today is in Reston, within walking distance from the Metro Silver Line. We’re proud to support and strengthen our community both through our standing as a local business and through community outreach.

Benefits? We've got you Covered...

Employee Stock Ownership Plan

In the ESOP, you have ownership interest in the company via your ESOP account which contains shares of HunterLab stock.

401(k) Plan

401(k) Plan with Dollar-to-Dollar Matching and plan sponsor guidance available to you.

Profit Sharing Program

Quarterly Profit Sharing bonus awarded to Associates as finances are assessed & the numbers allow.

Health, Dental & Vision

Group Medical OAP, Dental PPO, Pharmacy Home Delivery & Vision Coverage.

Flexible Spending & Dependent Care Accounts

Set aside pre-tax dollars for qualified medical & daycare expenses for you & your family’s needs.

Basic Life, Short & Long Term Disability

Basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance, Short & Long Term Disability—all paid for by HunterLab.

Voluntary Life Insurance

Supplemental Voluntary Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment coverage available for you to elect.

Holidays & Leave Benefits

Vacation, Sick, paid holidays & Parental Leave offered to all Associates.

Educational & Tuition Reimbursement

HunterLab offers reimbursement for tuition, educational workshops, seminars & certifications.

Health Club Reimbursement & Special Discount Programs

HunterLab offers reimbursement for part of your gym membership fees. You’ll also gain access to other discount programs.

Current Job Openings

From ketchup to Oreo cookies to McCormick Spices, our work ensures the quality of products you rely on every day.

When human beings look at an object, the first three things we perceive are size, shape, and color. Color is the domain of HunterLab. From food to pharmaceuticals, paint, plastic, building materials, chemicals, paper, and textiles, HunterLab provides the most effective instruments and services available for the identification, measurement, and control of the way things look. We are an employee owned company working in 55 countries. (We maintain websites in seven languages and 60 percent of our sales are international.)

Summary of job:

As Manufacturing Engineer, you will provide manufacturing engineering support for Manufacturing and other departments as needed. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, providing input to new product development on manufacturability, providing systems and support for manufacturing planning, work load, scheduling, work flow improvement, materials requirements, shop floor control, data acquisition and review, training, Engineering Change Notice (ECN) implementation, and other related duties.

In this position, you will:

  • Provide design support throughout new product development and sustaining engineering processes to ensure that products can be efficiently manufactured in-house or outsourced at minimum cost.
  • Consult with the engineering team to ensure that new products will be easily serviceable both at the factory, service centers, and in the field. Ensure that products are maintainable over their expected lifetime.
  • Define, develop, document, deploy and maintain required test fixtures, procedures and processes, computer hardware and software tools and systems and data acquisition systems in support of the procurement, assembly, testing, and quality assurance of mechanical, electrical, and optical components and assemblies as well as completed products.
  • Provide ongoing maintenance and improvement of the manufacturing work area.
  • Assist in the development of new line layouts and work stations for new products to ensure efficient manufacturing flow.
  • Perform capacity and capability analyses of manufacturing processes.
  • Investigate and recommend new methods, techniques and training to improve the manufacturing efficiency, quality and on-time-delivery of shipments to customers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

You have the following attributes:

  • Problem Solver - You think about what a process should be, evaluate the options and implement solutions. You love a good challenge, and you find it deeply pleasing when you contribute to the success of an organization. You consistently see clues in the data, understand and anticipate the consequences, and take appropriate action. You are excited by the potential of new technology, love to analyze problems from different viewpoints, and genuinely enjoy the challenges of a growing business. You smoothly manage through ambiguity and are able to shape answers to questions when no template exists. Your passion and determination to do the right thing results in your finding a way where others see no way.
  • Collaborative work-style -You share information and coordinate effectively at all levels throughout the organization. You work cooperatively, are able to seek out relevant information, decide the appropriate steps, and facilitate to get the desired results. You are known for your poise, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Self-driven ownership -You ask questions and “come up to speed” quickly. You are hands-on, dive in, and take initiative without being asked.
  • Flexible and Capable -You manage changing priorities with ease and get the job done. You do whatever it takes.

You possess:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing, Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial Engineering or related field or equivalent relevant work experience

Work Experience

  • At least 3 years of related hands on experience in a manufacturing/industrial engineering role or equivalent design engineering experience with a direct manufacturing support role (at least 9 years without Bachelor’s degree).


  • Thorough understanding of mechanical and electrical design and modern manufacturing methods.
  • Experience using 3-D CAD modeling and drafting software platforms, SolidWorks is preferred.
  • Exposure to and basic knowledge of electronics PCB design tools, Altium is preferred.
  • Experience using electronic test equipment in a lab and manufacturing environment, specifically analog and digital oscilloscopes and multi-meters.
  • Basic knowledge and experience using data acquisition and analysis systems and platforms.
  • Strong analytical skills including the ability to collect and manipulate data in current database systems and spreadsheets. A high level of experience and demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and SQL Server is preferred.
  • Experience with ERP/MRP and MES systems.
  • Excellent and demonstrable oral and written communication skills in researching technical information.
  • Experience and solid working knowledge of Configuration Management (CM) and Change Control practices under a current Quality Management System (QMS).

To Apply:

Please submit your resume, salary requirement and cover letter stating what sets you apart from other applicants online at Or email your resume to with "Manufacturing Engineer" in the sujbect line of the email.

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