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Thin Film Process Development Engineer

Company: Headway Technologies
Location: Milpitas
Posted on: August 2, 2022

Job Description:

TITLE: THIN FILM PROCESS DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER
FLSA STATUS: EXEMPT
REPORTS TO: DIRECTOR, THIN FILM PROCESS DEVELOPMENT ENGINEERING
SUMMARY:Under the direction of the Director of Thin Film Process Development Engineering, the Thin Film Development Engineer is responsible for developing, monitoring, sustaining, and supporting complex low RA sensor and TMR processes for new and prototype products; designing and conducting complex wafer experiments, analyzing large volumes of data, and reporting the results; developing and driving the implementation of new practices or methodologies which reduce cost and improve operational efficiency; conducting root cause analysis and implementing corrective action; collaborating and leading initiatives with other groups or teams; developing and implementing advanced procedures for transitioning new products into the production line; and reviewing, updating, and maintaining documentation and process instructions. This position is located in Milpitas, California.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:--- Develops, sustains, and supports complex thin film processes for new and prototype products; develops and implements novel approaches to improve and optimize TMR and low RA sensors processes--- Develops and drives the implementation of novel practices or methodologies which reduce cost and improve yield, performance, and process capability--- Conducts root cause analysis and implements corrective action if required--- Develops and implements advanced processes or procedures for transitioning new products into the production line--- Resolves process issues related to material selection; recommends corrective action--- Instructs operators and technicians on processes and procedures, including modifications to existing procedures--- Leads and manages programs or projects of various size or scope; communicates and updates key stakeholders regarding project milestones and status--- Partners with equipment and maintenance personnel in order to minimize tool down time and integrate new tools into the production line--- Designs and conducts complex experiments, analyzes large volumes of data, and develops recommendations for improving the performance or reducing cost based on test results--- Responds to inquiries from other team members, managers, or departments--- Adheres to all safety policies and procedures as required--- Performs other duties of a similar nature or level*
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:--- Bachelor's degree in Physics, Materials Science, and/or equivalent relevant experience; Master's degree preferred--- Three years of hands' on experience working in the magnetic recording head, hard disk drive, or semiconductor industry in a thin film process development engineering role--- Strong knowledge and experience using JMP, SPC, or similar software--- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Applications
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:--- Strong knowledge and experience of thin film development engineering processes--- Strong knowledge of wafer fabrication processing techniques and tools--- Strong knowledge to design experiments, analyze results, and recommend corrective action in order to reduce scrap and improve yield--- Strong knowledge to use critical thinking to resolve issues, conduct root cause analysis, and make recommendations for process improvements--- Knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Office applications to create spreadsheets, Word documents, and presentations--- Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with all levels of contractors, consultants, employees, and management--- Able to work productively and collaboratively with all levels of employees and management--- Able to comply with all safety policies and procedures--- Demonstrated organizational and time management skills--- Demonstrated problem-solving and trouble shooting skills--- Flexible and able to prioritize
WORKING CONDITIONS:The Thin Film Process Development Engineer works primarily in an office environment from Monday to Friday. The schedule may be altered from time-to-time to meet business or operational needs; may travel from building-to-building as needed. May also work in a class 100 ESD sensitive wafer fab manufacturing facility; adheres to required safety and dress standards (wears a bunny suit). May be exposed to hazardous chemicals, fumes, or vapors and excessive noise from time-to-time while in the wafer manufacturing facility; stands and walks; performs various fine grasping movements, bends, and twists; operates a computer and enters information using a keyboard, operates a telephone, and other office equipment. May be required to push, pull, or lift up to 20 pounds.
*Other duties of a similar nature or level are duties that may be required, but may not be specifically listed in the job description or posting.
TDK/Headway Technologies, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. Applicants requiring accommodation in order to complete the application process should contact the Headway Human Resources Department.

Keywords: Headway Technologies, Milpitas , Thin Film Process Development Engineer, Engineering , Milpitas, California

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