KLA Careers

Optics Manufacturing Design Engineer

Company Overview

Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling. At KLA, we're making technology advancements that are bigger—and tinier—than the world has ever seen.

Who are we?  We research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of technology, creating tools capable of finding defects smaller than a wavelength of visible light. We create smarter processes so that technology leaders can manufacture high-performance chips—the kind in that phone in your pocket, the tablet on your desk and nearly every electronic device you own—faster and better. We're passionate about creating solutions that drive progress and help people do what wouldn't be possible without us.  The future is calling. Will you answer?


KLA has manufacturing sites across the globe, including Belgium, China, Germany, Israel, Singapore and Milpitas (CA).  The Global Operations (GOPS) team, comprised of Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Engineering, Installation, and Quality, is responsible for manufacturing our leading-edge technology.  We partner with our world-wide supply base and our design engineering teams to bring new products to market.  The GOPS team is continuously working to build our products Better, Faster, Cheaper.


The Optics Manufacturing Design Engineer will work on problems of diverse scope in support of manufacturing, new production introduction (NPI) and continuous improvement projects (CIP).

  • Responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining methods, operation sequence and processes in the fabrication of parts, components, subassemblies, and final assemblies.  Estimates manufacturing cost, determines time standards, and makes recommendations for tooling and process requirements of new or existing product lines.  Configure BOM’s to meet factory requirements.
  • Develop the required documentation to support processes and provide training to technicians.  Work with technicians to troubleshoot complex issues and provide unambiguous plan of action (POA).
  • Execute and refine build sequences specific to optics integration, optics alignment and system calibrations.
  • Work alongside Design Engineers and Test Engineers to align optics at module and system levels.  Interpret optics alignment metrics to derive a plan of action (POA) for supplier, manufacturing and field escalations.
  • Evaluate the manufacturing effectiveness of a build process and implement improvements to meet build cycle times and product design specifications.  As required, maintain records and reporting systems for coordination of manufacturing operations.
  • Test and qualify optical components and modules.  Work with suppliers to improve incoming material quality and acceptance.
  • Engage with Supply Chain and Engineering to qualify vendors, address vendor quality issues, provide input on redesigns and drive obsolescence projects.
  • Interface with engineering in coordinating the release of new products.  Learn and understand the requirements/architecture of next generation subsystems.  Participate in design reviews to define requirements for manufacturability and serviceability based on BKMs from manufacturing of previous generations and adaptability to advancements in manufacturing technology.
  • Read and interpret design drawings, schematics, and perform simple updates of models or drawings using computer-aided design (CAD) tools.  Interpret some system models of error, sensitivity, or throughput budgets that pertain to optics alignment.
  • Analyze manufacturing data from eQuality, a manufacturing enterprise software (MES) via statistical process control to drive process, specs and design improvements.
  • Interpret and update Gantt charts.  Understand basic project planning, dependencies, and milestones.
  • Participate as a contributor in small team efforts that address product-level optics/systems issues (7-Steps, supplier issues, manufacturing escalations, characterization or improvement projects).  Follows instructions to resolve difficult issues that may span multiple subsystems or organizations. Able to uncover root cause and to devise solutions for simpler or moderately-difficult problems. Fully understands and applies the 7-Step problem solving method.
  • Potential travel both domestically and internationally up to 25% of the time.


  • Physics background and an inquisitive mindset but disciplined enough to resolve issues with repeatable procedures.
  • Semiconductor Equipment experience desired.  Experience with high resolution imaging systems a plus.
  • Able to communicate effectively with peers, interdisciplinary engineering groups, customers, vendors and across cultures.  The individual must also be able to effectively communicate with a broad range of people located in the US, Europe and Asia.
  • Understanding of system level interactions between optics, electronics and mechanical parts to enable effective problem solving at the system level down to the individual piece part level.
  • Understanding of Deep UV (DUV) optics part cleanliness, cleaning and handling procedures.
  • Able to read technical drawings, understand BOMs, and use a variety of precision testing and measuring instruments.
  • Self-driven individual with keen technical ability, systematic approach, detailed-oriented, excellent problem-solving skills, positive attitude, and strong team player.
  • Has very good problem-solving ability through design of experiments and carry out tests to collect and analyze data. Able to apply the 7-Step problem solving method consistently. Has excellent technical writing and documentation skills.
  • Able to test, align and qualify optical components, modules.  Able to work with suppliers to improve incoming material quality and acceptance. 
  • Experience in manufacturing of capital equipment is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Manufacturing IT systems (ERP, PLM, CAD, etc) is a plus.
  • Experience in statistical process control (SPC) is a plus.
  • Experience in wave front error or interferometric testing is a plus.

Minimum Qualifications

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

Equal Employment Opportunity

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

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