KLA Careers

Senior Mechanical 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?


The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) plays a critical role in developing advanced long-range technology in collaboration with product divisions and strategic marketing, working on future technology like light sources, lasers, and sensors. We are engaged in the research and development process, and once the technology is mature, we partner with product engineering groups who then build products based on the technology we’ve developed.

The Office of the CTO also provides technical input into KLA’s strategic planning process, program reviews and Product Life Cycle (PLC) phases. We provide our broad technology expertise and cross-division experience to ensure we leverage the collective knowledge within our company.



Design of mechanical structures, modules and fixtures to support research prototype characterization and verification tasks, such as laser, EBEAM chamber and plasma source.

Responsible for the complete design process, including:

  • Driving requirements specification
  • Feasibility studies
  • Conceptual and detailed design, detailed drawings, using 3D solid modeling (ProE/Creo/Solidworks)
  • Conducting various analysis, such as fluid, thermal, vibrational, and FEA modeling
  • Detailed tolerance stack-up analysis
  • Hold design reviews throughout design process
  • Procurement of prototype parts
  • Prototype assembly, testing and troubleshooting
  • Create assembly and test procedures. Documentation release.
  • These tasks will require working with other engineering groups such as research scientists, optics engineers and electric engineers to ensure flawless integration and test at the subsystem and system level.
  • Work closely with and manage suppliers to ensure all design requirements are specified and achieved.
  • Operational and non-operational environmental and transportation testing including thermal, vibration, and shock.
  • Address and resolve product issues through the product phases.

Design challenges may include:

  • Precision and reliable mechanism design
  • Vibration isolation and thermal stability design
  • Design for photo contamination control


  • Master's Level degree in mechanical engineering or related with at least 8 years of experience, or
  • Doctorate (Academic) in mechanical engineering or related with at least 5 years of experience
  • Strong mechanical engineering fundamentals, including design principles, machine elements, materials, and fabrication methods
  • Must be proficient with solid CAD, ProEngineer/Creo/Solidworks skill strongly preferred.
  • Experience in several of these areas is desirable: opto-mechanical systems, thermal and vibration control, design of high vacuum system.
  • Should have experience in thermal/structural analysis and fluid flow modeling
  • Team player with good communication skills