Equipment & Maintenance Technician
College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering - Albany, NY

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The role of Equipment & Maintenance Technician duties include, but are not limited to: support the equipment for the development, and characterization of thin films and thin film systems for CIGS based PV devices. This is completed through the general overall maintenance of the systems including preventative maintenance, daily upkeep, system parameter monitoring, and other associated activities along with the support of new / modified hardware characterization to support development through the participation in concept and initial design reviews, system assembly / configuration changes, and characterization of the modified hardware.

The position includes the equipment support of systems ranging from substrate cleaning, PVD sputter and thermal evaporation, chemical bath deposition, screen printing of grids, and various metrology systems (XRF, profilometer, ICP, 4pt probe, ICP, and other associated thin film characterization techniques). This position is responsible for the maintenance of the machines, recording of maintenance parameters and logbooks, tabulating data to support hardware characterization, and assisting in system operation as required.

This position typically takes general supervision from the either a Sr. Engineer or Manager of Process Equipment with additional support provided to members of the engineering and technical staff. The supported items cover a wide range of disciplines including vacuum, electrical, controls, and mechanical support. Other reasonable duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must possess a HS diploma or equivalent AND Minimum of 2 years professional experience in vacuum technology and thin film systems. Must understand fundamental vacuum technology for high vacuum systems. Must have in depth understanding of system operations for thin film. Needs to have analytical problem solving skills and able to work efficiently and effectively with little or no supervision. Must have high mechanical and electrical aptitude, with a demonstrated ability to make logical decisions based on data received. Must be able to use high precision measuring tools.

  • Experience in an R&D or Laboratory environment is desired;
  • Experience in supporting vacuum deposition production equipment from Semiconductor, Hard Disk, Optics, or Flat Panel Display Industries is highly desirable;
  • Ability to work in laboratory, clean room, and/or factory environment
  • Lift up to 40 lbs
  • Ability to work below or above factory tools
  • Applicants must address in their applications their abilities to work with a culturally diverse population.

Preferred Qualifications:

A BS degree in Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, or related degree from a college or university accredited by the Department of Education or other internationally recognized accrediting organization.

Notes: Position contingent on the availability of funding