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As a leading global supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the semiconductor industry, Lam Research develops innovative solutions that help our customers build smaller, faster, and more power-efficient devices.

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Product Engineer 4

Date: Mar 7, 2018

Location: Fremont, CA, US, 94538

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This candidate will be responsible for performing professional engineering research and evaluation in support of the company's complex semiconductor capital equipment while interacting closely with Lam’s electrostatic chuck (ESC) suppliers. The ideal candidate will play an active role managing ESC projects and products relative to supplier manufacturing development, quality initiatives, supplier selection, problem solving as well as designing and conducting independent experiments and tests. Project management duties include working with cross-functional teams consisting of supply business management, engineering, manufacturing, field service and suppliers to provide feedback and requirements during ESC development through to production release. Candidates need to exhibit excellent problem solving skills: defining the problem, identify objectives, assessing risk, develop approach, analyze results and provide recommendations. Ideal candidate will direct and manage manufacturing process/quality implementation of required changes and modifications that include a variety of processes such as metal machining, adhesive bonding, ceramic material production and grinding as well as anodize and plasma coating. Without limitation the the expert candidate will perform duties and have working knowledge of:


  • The ability to communicate fluently technical ideas and concepts both written and verbal form
  • Provide Design-For-Manufacturing inputs to design engineers for all aspects of ESC manufacturing and testing
  • Ensure suppliers’ manufacturing processes – domestic and international – are in place to produce reliable products in a repeatable manner; develops and audits quality control systems. Develop and drive ESC supplier improvement plans
  • Manage suppliers, analytical testing and engineering resources to perform failure analysis on ESC’s returned from the field.
  • Coordinate development activities with suppliers and product groups in developing new ESC products
  • Conduct effective supplier visits – domestic and international – in evaluating and managing new and existing suppliers.
  • Understand the capacitive and resistive nature of dielectrics (ceramics) along with the understanding of ESC performance specific to coulombic and Johnson-Robic designs
  • Knowledge of implementing industry standard process control techniques such as six sigma techniques to manage and develop production efficiencies and quality for Lam products
  • Manage product release and ramp at key suppliers for critical semiconductor equipment parts
  • Work with engineering to release engineering drawings, specifications and test requirements and implement these in the supply chain
  • Yield management, tracking and improvement for components manufactured in supply chain
  • Failure analysis of critical parts
  • Supplier management using Lam business processes
  • Change management using Lam business processes
  • Risk management via FMEA and other risk mitigation tools



  • Minimum MS degree in engineering disciplines with preference Ph.D. in Materials Science, ME, EE, ChE or applied physical sciences
  • 10+ years engineering experience
  • Working knowledge of ceramics, polymers and metals including fabrication techniques and engineering properties
  • The ability to read drawings (with understanding of ANSIY14.5) and transfer requirements to outside suppliers
  • Working knowledge of statistical (SPC, DOE, variance analysis), analytical (troubleshooting, FEA, modeling), and mathematical tools and software to apply process development and manufacturing control of high value components
  • Strong project management, organizational and communication skills within organization and outside suppliers
  • Ability to travel within US and internationally 20% of time




Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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