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Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer

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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?


The Instruments Group is focused on development of advanced inspection and metrology equipment used in high-volume production and research and development environments. Organization is globally located in US, China, and Singapore. The Instruments Group provides mission-critical cost-effective solutions for power electronics, LED, communications, automotive, data storage, and other related nanoelectronics and materials science applications. We partner with our customers to provide advanced hardware and software solutions to enhance yield and lower overall production costs by supplying world-leading inspection, metrology and review systems. In addition to developing valuable product solutions, the Instruments Group provides support to customers to achieve performance entitlement through sharing and implementation of application BKMs (Best Known Methods).



Mechanical design engineer will be responsible for the mechanical design of automated optical wafer inspection systems. The candidate will assume responsibility for the next generation design, fabrication, performance characterization, and technical interaction with vendors.  Will be responsible for complete design process, including requirements specification, feasibility studies, analysis and FEA modeling, conceptual and detailed design using SolidWorks, detail drawings, design review presentations, procurement of prototype parts, support prototype testing and system integration, and handoff to manufacturing. Will take projects from design concept through manufacturing build, and will document and address all issues thru the product phases


  • Experience designing opto-mechanical modules, custom fixtures and tooling leading to successful introduction into manufacturing.
  • Expertise with mainstream MCAD and FEA software.
  • Opto-Mechanical design principles: kinematic design, flexures, athermalization, environmental effects.
  • Materials selection and fabrication.
  • Tolerance analysis, GD&T, error budgeting, flow up and flow down of requirements.
  • Structural analysis: finite element analysis, stress in optics, creep and stress relaxation, modal analysis.
  • Thermal analysis: heat transfer, temperature gradients, thermal transients, thermo-elastic analysis.
  • Optical metrology equipment including lasers, interferometers, autocollimators.
  • Vendor management: component fabrication, manufacturing process transfer, qualification.
  • Operational and non-operational environmental and transportation testing including thermal, vibration, and shock.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 7 years of experience.
Master's Level Degree with at least 5 years of experience.
Doctorate (Academic) with at least 2 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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