Thursday, July 20, 2017

Product Engineer (Robotics | Mechanical/Electrical/Mechatronics | Product Life Cycle) (# 115732)

Position: Product Engineer
Location: Milpitas, CA
Duration: Full time

Job Description:
Business Unit:
The SWIFT (Simultaneous Wafer Inspection at Fast Throughput) division is part of the Wafer Inspection Group (WIG) and consists in an organization globally located in US, Germany, India, and Singapore.
The SWIFT division has the mission to provide cost-effective solutions for high-sampling wafer inspection applications. We effectively partner with field support teams and customers to lower overall fab costs by supplying world-leading high-throughput inspection, metrology and review systems. Our comprehensive product portfolio includes: all-wafer-surface (frontside, backside, and edge) macro inspection, standalone high-sampling inspection, and standalone edge inspection and metrology tools that are deployed across several advanced wafer fabs for a large number of applications.
Besides developing valuable products, the SWIFT division provides support to the customers to achieve performance entitlement through the sharing and implementation of applications BKM (Best Known Methods).

This person will be involved in new and sustaining product service engineering duties to include, but not limited to:
  • Serve as the central technical resource / interface with design engineering, manufacturing, technical support, quality, marketing and field as the product(s) move through the Product Life Cycle
  • Work directly with aforementioned teams in fully integrated manner to incorporate value-added serviceability, reliability and service business practice improvements into product design
  • Work to optimize serviceability, reduce cost-of-service through all stages of the PLC, and improve short and long term product service revenue performance
  • Remain involved throughout all stages of a product’s lifecycle to ensure system level product performance is continuously tracked and meets established specifications
  • Drive continuous improvement of system hardware, diagnostics and software, tooling, technical documentation, knowledge management, and training
  • Influence early PLC designs to include features that will optimize K-T’s service business: calibrations and diagnostics, Cost of Service (CoS), reliability, design tolerances, Intellectual Property (IP) protection
  • Act as a two-way conduit of information between design teams, technical support, and service personnel
  • Protect our service IP, and apply BKMs into documentations, FRUs, Tooling, and training
  • Participate in  difficult beta and sustaining escalation efforts, analyze data from various sources, and work with divisional experts to provide a detailed action plan suitable for execution by Customer Service Engineer (CSE) and Technical Support Engineer (TSE)
  • Leverage learning and knowledge across the Technical Support organization through training classes, scripts, coaching, documents and updating other knowledge capture tools
  • Develop and promote the use of Merlin and Solution Point during Beta and released product phases
  • Ensure that learning on current generation tools is captured and applied to next generation designs
  • Work with Learning and Knowledge Services (LKS) to determine the training requirements for new products and/or upgrades.  Train the trainer, and teach or co-teach initial courses.  Audit service training courses to ensure their quality.
  • Help to define a plan, implement and optimize the spare parts that will be stocked to support field shipments.  This includes taking into account reliability, diagnostics, inventory holding cost, training level and other factors
  • Prepare CoS models (bottom-up and top-down) during initial concept phase, and update them as new information is available.  Apply results to help optimize design of diagnostics
  • Work with Services Marketing to define Service Offerings, including analyzing market needs, forecasting CoS, and developing Sales support materials
  • Help to define and optimize the Preventative Maintenance Schedule for systems.
  • Help to prepare a product for obsolescence / transfer to Service Supply Chain Management (SSCM) ownership including closing known issues, disposition of inventory and transfer of documentation and knowledge
  • Participate in NPI Best Practice teams to spread knowledge across product divisions.
  • Perform hands-on work for integration of Alpha/Beta systems, including performing serviceability validation.
  • Travel to Beta sites for support of new tool installations/upgrades, and for escalation support for new products.   
  • Travel can be up to 20%.

Preferred Qualification:
  • Strong analytic and data analysis skills. 
  • Must be able to work with wide variety of technologies, including mechanics, electronics,  and software.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required and must work well in a team environment.
  • Mechanical and/or robotics experience is a plus
  • Adept at methodical troubleshooting
  • Software programing experience in C#, Visual Basic, and XML a plus

Minimum Qualifications:
Master's Level Degree OR Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 1 years of experience.

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