KLA Careers

Associate Test 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 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.



•Support New Product Launch activities. Train and assist design engineering team. Develop skills and product knowledge to transfer product to manufacturing.

•Responsible for performing the set‑up, alignment, calibration, testing, and troubleshooting of vacuum systems, opto-mechanical and mechanical assemblies, and supporting electronic circuitry and instrumentation.

•Responsible for assembly and test of Electron Optics assemblies and sub-assemblies.

•Determine and may develop test specifications, methods and procedures from blueprints, drawings and diagrams.

•Test and troubleshoot assemblies and/or final systems.

•May complete rework on assemblies and/or systems as a result of testing.

•Prepare technical reports summarizing findings and recommending solutions to technical problems, as required.

•May assist in the selection and set‑up of specialized test equipment.

•Compile draft documentation and red-line draft procedures.

•Works on assignments that are extremely complex in nature where independent action and a high degree of initiative are required in resolving problems.

•Develops recommendations and acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new assignments and may supervise the activities of other nonexempt personnel. 


•Responsible for daily calibration, testing and troubleshooting of systems.

•Maintains full ownership of clean room system completely through shipping, including:

           Up-to-date System Status

           Efficient progression of systems

           Work order integrity

           Material movement in and out of clean room

           Safeguarding and return of all issued tools and tooling

           Process tracking completeness



•Ability to follow existing checklists, processes, and protocols

•Demonstrate complete understanding of each subsystem and how it interrelates to other subsystems

•Ability to identify, describe, understand, and troubleshoot all major subsystem components

•Perform in-depth, advanced system troubleshooting using on-board diagnostics, established procedures, theory of operations, and other available information

•Provide constructive process improvement recommendations

•Redline procedures as appropriate

•Create technical and process related procedures where none currently exist

•Assist in technical conference calls and support issues external to the Manufacturing Cell

•Assist in the training and development of new hires

•Develop and teach training classes to other KLA personnel

•Support less senior drivers in the progression and troubleshooting of their systems

•Ability to multitask


  • Sub-system level assembly & test experience.
  • System level troubleshooting skills.
  • Complex Opto-mechanical alignment skills.
  • An AA degree, military technical training or their equivalent vocational training is required.  BS in optical engineering preferred. 
  • Requires experience in testing optical, digital and/or analog systems. 
  • Ability to read complicated drawings and utilize mathematics, handbook formulas, and a variety of precision testing and measuring instruments.
  • Ability to travel ~25%
  • Ability to work in a clean room environment

Minimum Qualifications

Technical School with at least 3 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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