Mechanical Engineer Senior Staff

Engineering - Software, R&D, Technology Fremont, California


This is a Senior Staff level individual contributor role within the Mechanical Engineering team of the Plasma Products Division. Work across multiple product lines and tool generations in both Plasma Etch and Photo Resist Removal with the ability to experience design aspects from wafer transfer and robotics to plasma processing. Teamwork, recognition and reward as well as career paths opportunities are core values to the culture of the team and the company.


  • Conduct feasibility studies, testing and design verification for both R&D and CIP programs
  • Problem identification and troubleshooting a wide range of complex mechanical/system problems.
  • Technically lead and/or execute engineering projects from conception to completion, including development of key suppliers.
  • Specify, supervise, or perform engineering analysis of complex scope, in the following areas: Wafer transfer methods including robotics, friction, particle control, vacuum and end effectors, Mechanism design in assemblies such as slit valves, lift pins, indexers, Wafer temperature management (in both process and transfer environments) including cooling stations, pedestals, ESC
  • Define, coordinate, perform, and generate engineering test reports. Specify and review engineering documentation.
  • Interface with internal and external customers.
  • Responsible for solid models 3D (parts and assemblies), 2D drawings, bills of material, test specifications, functional specification
  • Generate product specifications.
  • Provide mentoring/guidance for less experienced engineers.
  • May be responsible for the design, development and implementation of custom mechanical tooling, fixturing, and associated processes to enable the handling, assembly and/or disassembly of parts, components, sub-assemblies and final assemblies throughout the product life cycle.
  • Serves as technical expert on specialized projects or programs.
Job Specific Knowledge
  • Thorough knowledge of mechanical engineering design, mechanics, and material science concepts and techniques, including proficiency in solving engineering problems using analytical techniques and engineering knowledge such as thermodynamics, heat transfer, measurement control, stress analysis, Finite Element Analysis, or system integration.
  • Has direct experience in the areas of robotics, mechanisms, RF, Plasma, gas delivery, vacuum, temperature control and electrostatic clamping
  • General knowledge of appropriate materials, components and technologies used in the semiconductor equipment industry.
  • Applies extensive expertise as a generalist or specialist.
  • Understands and applies the principles of vacuum technology.
  • General knowledge of electrical and software engineering disciplines.
  • Working knowledge of CAD tools
  • Understanding of product and business requirements.
Skills required:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering or related technical discipline, and 10+ years directly related experience, or equivalent.
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering (or related technical discipline), and 8+ years directly related experience preferred, or equivalent.
  • Requires strong skills in change management, problem solving, communication skills, customer orientation, product technology, global business perspective, personal effectiveness, project management, team skills and quality.
  • Requires knowledge of systems and software necessary to perform job function such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project, Visio, AutoCad, ProEngineer.
  • Ability to design cost effective solutions with serviceability and manufacturability.
  • Requires demonstrated ability in leadership
  • Requires ability to influence other people; ability to act as a mentor, lead and/or supervise projects
  • Must be able to work in a theoretical domain or hands on practical situation.

Environmental, Health & Safety Requirements:

  • Successful completion of required Safety training.
  • Ensure equipment and machines are maintained in safe operating condition.
  • Report to the Safety Officer any unsafe or unhealthy condition which cannot be corrected.
  • Follow all safety and health regulations and work practices, including personal protective equipment where applicable.