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Mechanical Design Engineer - sub-micron positioning systems

KLA, Milpitas, CA, United States
Employer Description

Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling. At KLA-Tencor, we're making technology advancements that are bigger—and tinier—than the world has ever seen.

Who are we?  We research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of technology, creating tools capable of finding defects smaller than a wavelength of visible light. We create smarter processes so that technology leaders can manufacture high-performance chips—the kind in that phone in your pocket, the tablet on your desk and nearly every electronic device you own—faster and better. We're passionate about creating solutions that drive progress and help people do what wouldn't be possible without us.  The future is calling. Will you answer?

Group / Division

With over 40 years of semiconductor process control experience, chipmakers around the globe rely on KLA to ensure that their fabs ramp next-generation devices to volume production quickly and cost-effectively. Enabling the movement towards advanced chip design, KLA's Global Products Group (GPG), which is responsible for creating all of KLA’s metrology and inspection products, is looking for the best and the brightest research scientist, software engineers, application development engineers, and senior product technology process engineers.

Central Engineering is KLA's largest engineering organization comprised of 9 Centers-of-Excellence (CoE) in various disciplines applied across all product groups in the company. These CoE include Handling & Automation, Precision Motion Control, Sensors & Image Acquisition, Platform Design, and Packaging Engineering, among others. Talent includes over 500 engineers across global centers in Israel, China, India, and the US. Each CoE contributes not just talent and deliverables per discipline toward product programs, but also subject matter expertise, best practices, roadmaps, specialized facilities, apparatus, models, and analytics. These differentiate KLA not only in WHAT we do, but also in HOW we do it.

Job Description


The candidate will design mechanical parts and subsystems for a motion platform used in the next generation wafer inspection tools.  Responsible for the complete design process, including requirements, scheduling, design, prototype testing, and BOM structure. The engineer will be conducting various analysis and simulations, such as thermal, vibration and FEA modeling. The candidate will also perform solid modeling design using Pro/E and generate detailed drawings, design review presentations, procurement of prototype parts. The candidate will drive system integration, prototype testing, and handoff to manufacturing.  These tasks will require working with other engineering groups such as Systems engineers and Manufacturing engineers to ensure flawless integration and system level.  During prototype testing he/she will have to interact with servo control, firmware and SW engineers to resolve any issues and optimize performance

Job Requirements


Knowledge of analysis tools as Matlab or Labview

  • Background in semiconductor design equipment
  • Design experience of X-Y sub-micron positioning systems integrated with vision systems
  • Experience with writing requirements and test plans
  • Experience in vibration optimization and design for high stiffness to weight ratio.
  • Solid modeling and structural and frequency analysis FEA, preferably ProE
  • Motion control and servo tuning systems
  • Knowledge of Manufacturing processes including machining, sheet metal and castings
  • Implementation of high-resolution feedback devices as encoders and laser interferometer
  • Good communication and presentation skills 
  • Ownership and leadership skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate (Academic) OR
  • Master's Level Degree with at least 2 years of experience. OR
  • Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 3 years of experience.

KLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

09 November 2019
09 December 2019
Masters Degree
Sensing, Monitoring, Measurement, and Control