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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?


With over 40 years of semiconductor process control experience, chipmakers around the globe rely on KLA to ensure that their fabs ramp next-generation devices to volume production quickly and cost-effectively. Enabling the movement towards advanced chip design, KLA's Global Products Group (GPG), which is responsible for creating all of KLA’s metrology and inspection products, is looking for the best and the brightest research scientist, software engineers, application development engineers, and senior product technology process engineers.

The RAPID division is the world leading provider of reticle inspection solutions for the semiconductor industry. The company provides inspection solutions to both the mask shops and the semiconductor fabs to ensure that lithography yields are consistently high thus enabling cost-effective manufacturing.


  • Design and productization of integrated, instrumented wafers and reticles for data acquisition in semi-conductor processes.
  • Design of peripheral equipment, manufacturing fixtures and sophisticated test and calibration equipment.
  • Procurement, assembly and test of prototype designs.
  • Design documentation, drawing and schematic creation, ECO creation and release, BOM management, CAD file management.
  • Collaboration and coordination with external design and documentation resources.
  • Hands-on troubleshooting and characterization of sophisticated mechanical and electro-mechanical systems
  • Analysis and testing of complex technical problems with the emphasis on 7 step problem solving methodologies and root cause isolation
  • Creation of effective, clear and concise technical documentation, qualification plans, test plans and reports.
  • Continuous improvement of existing products and manufacturing systems to drive reliability and performance enhancement and cost optimization.


  • Understand fundamentals of mechanical engineering, including design principles, tolerance, error budget, materials and machining process.
  • Proficient with CAD software. SolidWorks skill is preferred.
  • Have experience in two or more types of FEA analysis: stress, thermal, vibration and flow analysis. 
  • Desirable to have experience in one or more of these arease: optics, optical mounting and alignment, precision mechanical design, instrumentation, metrology, flexure, semiconductor equipment, motion controls, electronics and lasers.
  • Willing to learn to new technologies.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate (Academic) OR Master's Level Degree with at least 3 years of experience. OR Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 5 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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