Equipment Engineer
Headway Technologies - Milpitas, CA

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General Summary This position will be responsible for the evaluation, selection, order installation, modification, upgrade and maintenance of manufacturing equipment under the direction of the Equipment Engineering Manager.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities · Collect data, chart, and analyses of information for equipment.
  • Oversee and manage the installation, modification, upgrade and maintenance of manufacturing equipment.
  • Keep current on equipment manufacturer’s technical notices, upgrades and safety issues.
  • Study equipment performance and reliability.
  • Develop production tool recovery planning during emergency tool down situations.
  • Schedule and manage equipment and manufacturing and improvement projects.
  • Provide technical support to equipment maintenance and other manufacturing organizations.
  • Define preventive maintenance procedures and schedules.
  • Serve as the principle contact for equipment vendors and services.
Job Specification and Requirements* · Vacuum Equipment Engineer : Advanced knowledge of thin films deposition and etch tools such as RF Diode, RF Mag, DC Mag,
PECVD, RIE, ICP and Ion Mill.
  • Possess basic knowledge of chemistry and plasma physics.
  • Have a basic understanding of digital and analog electronics, machine design, fluid dynamics and thermo dynamics.
  • Photo Equipment Engineer: Advanced knowledge of the photolithography process, including experience with Scanners, Steppers, Track Coat and Bake systems.
  • Have a basic understanding of digital and analog electronics, machine design, fluid dynamics and thermo dynamics.
  • Plating Equipment Engineer: Advanced experience on Plating and Etch equipment maintenance such as Plating Stations, Resist Strippers, Etch Wet benches, and SRD equipment.
  • Have an in depth understanding of electronics, electro-mechanical, and pneumatic principles.
  • Be proficient on the use of profilometers, XRF tools and SEM tools.
  • Knowledge of CMP, wafer polish and wafer clean equipment helpful.
  • Common Equipment Engineering requirements:
  • Have excellent written and oral communication.
  • Be proficient with MS Window software (Excel), CAD or similar software knowledge.
  • For Vacuum & Photo, hands on experience with metrology tools for parametric film measurement and defect inspection.
  • Experience in (TFH) Thin Film Head fabrication strongly preferred for vacuum and photo.
  • Must interact well with interdepartmental engineering, internal support organizations and vendors.
  • Focus on quality and service when dealing with suppliers of equipment parts and material.
  • Ability to multitask projects and handle responsibilities that will affect the productivity and utilization of his/her equipment tool set
with emphasis on material costs, quality and service from provider.
  • Must be able to make determinations/decisions on critical equipment situations, with consideration to all data, study, experience, etc.
  • Requires occasional travel to perform source acceptance at OEM site or perform technology transfer.
  • Prefer 15+ years as an equipment engineer or similar field.
  • Minimum AA degree, BS preferred or equivalent experience and/or military electronics training.
Work Schedule, Conditions and Physical Requirements Work schedule is from Monday through Friday. Regular work schedule may periodically be adjusted to meet company needs. Majority of the time for this position will be in an office/cube environment. A significant amount of time will be in the wafer fab requiring adherence to the safety and dress standard, including but not limited to bunnysuits, safety shoes, glasses, latex gloves, etc. Physical requirements include manual dexterity, lifting, bending, reaching and standing to work on equipment. Occasional lifting of up to 50 lbs may be required. Some areas will have high noise levels. Contact with hazardous chemicals, fumes or airborne particles may occur. Certain aspects of this job require the use of a respirator, therefore; individuals must shave facial hair in accordance with OSHA requirements and must pass a physical exam that certifies that they are physically fit to wear a respirator.

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