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Staff Wafer Equipment Engineer

Company: Western Digital
Location: San Jose
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

Company Description

At Western Digital, our vision is to power global innovation and push the boundaries of technology to make what you thought was once impossible, possible.

At our core, Western Digital is a company of problem solvers. People achieve extraordinary things given the right technology. For decades, we've been doing just that. Our technology helped people put a man on the moon.

We are a key partner to some of the largest and highest growth organizations in the world. From energizing the most competitive gaming platforms, to enabling systems to make cities safer and cars smarter and more connected, to powering the data centers behind many of the world's biggest companies and public cloud, Western Digital is fueling a brighter, smarter future.

Binge-watch any shows, use social media or shop online lately? You'll find Western Digital supporting the storage infrastructure behind many of these platforms. And, that flash memory card that captures and preserves your most precious moments? That's us, too.

We offer an expansive portfolio of technologies, storage devices and platforms for business and consumers alike. Our data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital -, G-Technology---, SanDisk - and WD - brands.

Today's exceptional challenges require your unique skills. It's You & Western Digital. Together, we're the next BIG thing in data.

Job Description

As Wafer Equipment Engineer:

  • You will be responsible to maintaining IBE and IBD Vaccum Equipment tool sets on a wafer manufacturing production line in a class 100 cleanroom environment,
  • You will provide leadership and direction to Maintenance technicians,
  • You will maintain oversight of the production process and drive resolution of problems that arise.
  • You will adapt to changes on the fly and pursue alternate paths, when necessary to achieve tool performance objectives.
  • You will be responsible for take initiative and collaborate effectively; flexibility, creative problem solving, exemplary communication skills and an ability to think on their feet. Candidates must be flexible to work extra hours including weekends as needed per the manufacturing wafer line requirements. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • Ability to work individually, within a team and cross functional
    • Ability to communicate clearly in both written, presentation and verbal mediums
    • Ability to query databases, analyze and present data.
    • Ability to write procedures for maintenance staff to perform regular maintenance items.
    • Required to evaluate, select, order, and implement equipment that is most appropriate and cost effective per manufacturing requirements.
    • Own Equipment upgrades, installation, and modifications to increase process efficiency and comply with new technologies specifications and output capacity.
    • Maintain records of equipment performance, failures, upgrades, and safety issues.
    • Constantly study and evaluate the equipment performance and reliability.
    • Establish programs and implement solutions to increase uptime, reduce wafer scraps, improve the process capability and repeatability, and reduce cost of ownership.
    • Data collection and reporting of MTBF, MTTR and Availability on regular basis and create and follow to completion plans to improve tools performance (MTBF, MTTR and Availability).
    • Provide technical support to manufacturing for equipment repairs.
    • Support, Coordinate and Provide Technical training and certification to maintenance personnel.
    • Definition and implementation of preventive maintenance programs.
    • Planning and Controlling spare parts requirements.
    • Compiled documentation for: Equipment configuration, Troubleshooting guides.
    • Training of Maintenance staff in equipment related tasks
    • Writing of procedures and checklists for maintenance to use in the performance of their tasks
    • Analyze and design out equipment failures and deficiencies.
    • Review and recommend spare parts to be stocked and their stocking levels.
    • Proactively assist of Maintenance on tool issues that are more complex
    • Review, Analyze and react to Statistical Process Control Charts
    • Identify and drive resolution of problems that could impact output or quality
    • Monitor tool performance as needed and react to out-of-control situations
    • Work with PE, Tool Owners and/or Maintenance teams to address tooling/process issues
    • ments. Qualifications

      • Experience in direct high volume manufacturing environment experience in magnetic recording head wafer processing equipment.
      • Candidate must have hand-on experience managing projects such as improving grid life, yield, and cycle time.
      • SPC experience with leading and lagging indicators from equipment and process outputs.
      • Experience in end point detection SEMs (Hiden SEM, JA Wollam Ellipsometer and other Mass spectrometry), Extensive Experience on Brooks wafer handlers (MAG7, VTR5, Aligners, VCE6 cassette elevators). REQUIRED:
        • Vacuum Technology theoretical and practical knowledge.
        • Leak detection by Helium mass spectrometry.
        • 5 years hands-on work experience with Veeco Vacuum Equipment; IBE (RF350, RF420) and IBD (IBDDS, DLC, IBDS) systems.
        • Understanding of failure mechanisms, ability to isolate determine root cause and repair.
          Effective team player including communicating with Maintenance, Manufacturing, Engineering and OEM vendors.
        • Experience with Solidworks and Autocad
        • Excellent mechanical and electrical aptitude.
        • Knowledge in control systems, PLC (Process Logic Control), Raspberry, etc.
        • Communication skills and capacity to clearly communicate with peers, management, customers, and suppliers.
        • Galil and Parker Motion Control
        • Devicenet communication
        • Project management experience.
        • Data Analysis / Computer Skills.
        • Problem Solving. Logical thinking and root cause analysis capability.
        • Positive working attitude and work ethics.
        • Effective time management following WD guidelines.
        • Knowledge 6 sigma methodology.
        • Experience with semiconductor process vacuum equipment. BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
          • BS of Science degree in Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related field
          • Related Intern experience
          • Excellent mechanical and electrical aptitude.
          • Data Analysis / Computer Skills.
          • Problem Solving. Logical thinking and root cause analysis capability. Additional Information

            Western Digital is committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees and will not discriminate based on their race, color, ancestry, religion (including religious dress and grooming standards), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), gender (including a person's gender identity, gender expression, and gender-related appearance and behavior, whether or not stereotypically associated with the person's assigned sex at birth), age, national origin, sexual orientation, medical condition, marital status (including domestic partnership status), physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected medical and family care leave, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. We also prohibit harassment of any individual on any of the characteristics listed above. Our non-discrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment. We comply with the laws and regulations set forth in the Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster.

            Western Digital thrives on the power and potential of diversity. As a global company, we believe the most effective way to embrace the diversity of our customers and communities is to mirror it from within. We believe the fusion of various perspectives results in the best outcomes for our employees, our company, our customers, and the world around us. We are committed to an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive through a sense of belonging, respect and contribution.

            Western Digital is committed to offering opportunities to applicants with disabilities and ensuring all candidates can successfully navigate our careers website and our hiring process. Please contact us at to advise us of your accommodation request. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.

            Compensation & Benefits Details
            • An employee's pay position within the salary range may be based on several factors including but not limited to (1) relevant education; qualifications; certifications; and experience; (2) skills, ability, knowledge of the job; (3) performance, contribution and results; (4) geographic location; (5) shift; (6) internal and external equity; and (7) business and organizational needs.
            • The salary range is what we believe to be the range of possible compensation for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range is only applicable for jobs to be performed in California, Colorado, New York or remote jobs that can be performed in California, Colorado and New York. This range may be modified in the future.
            • You will be eligible to participate in Western Digital's Short-Term Incentive (STI) Plan, which provides incentive awards based on Company and individual performance. Depending on your role and your performance, you may be eligible to participate in our annual Long-Term Incentive (LTI) program, which consists of restricted stock units (RSUs) or cash equivalents, pursuant to the terms of the LTI plan. Please note that not all roles are eligible to participate in the LTI program, and not all roles are eligible for equity under the LTI plan. RSU awards are also available to eligible new hires, subject to Western Digital's Standard Terms and Conditions for Restricted Stock Unit Awards.
            • We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid vacation time; paid sick leave; medical/dental/vision insurance; life, accident and disability insurance; tax-advantaged flexible spending and health savings accounts; employee assistance program; other voluntary benefit programs such as supplemental life and AD&D, legal plan, pet insurance, critical illness, accident and hospital indemnity; tuition reimbursement; transit; the Virgin Pulse Program; the Applause Program, employee stock purchase plan, and the Western Digital Savings 401(k) Plan.
            • Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company's sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company's sole discretion, consistent with the law.

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