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Application Engineer Level III

Company Overview

SPTS Technologies, a KLA company, designs, manufactures and markets wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor and related industries. SPTS provides industry leading etch and deposition process technologies on a range of single wafer handling platforms. End-market applications include micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), advanced packaging, LED, high speed RF device IC’s and power semiconductors. SPTS is part of KLA Corporation which develops industry-leading equipment and services that enable innovation throughout the electronics industry. We provide advanced process control and process-enabling solutions for manufacturing wafers and reticles, integrated circuits, packaging, printed circuit boards and flat panel displays. In close collaboration with leading customers across the globe, our expert teams of physicists, engineers, data scientists and problem-solvers design solutions that move the world forward.


SPTS wafer processing solutions include market-leading silicon etch, dielectric etch, dry-release etch, PVD, PECVD and molecular vapor deposition (MVD®), available with a range of wafer-handling options applicable to R&D, pilot production, or volume production environments. SPTS is headquartered and has its main manufacturing facility in Newport, UK, with additional manufacturing in Allentown, Pennsylvania. SPTS operates across 19 countries in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, and offers comprehensive service and spare parts support through a worldwide network of service centers and qualified local agents.


Primary Purpose of Role

We currently have a vacancy for the position of Field Process Application Engineer, based in Central Europe, preferably Germany.  This position will report directly to European Application Manager Jafar Al-Kuzee. This position will involve both national and international travel, (75 – 100% as required.).


The Field Process Application Engineer is responsible for supporting all aspects of customer qualification, responding to customer queries and visiting the customer to follow up progress.  Some key activities will include:



Qualifying a customer

Together with the field team obtaining filed acceptance on customer’s sites.

Sales support

Providing answers to questions from the customer.  Visiting the customer to progress the opportunity through discussion and presentation. 

Develop information sources

Developing contacts at customers, suppliers, analysts etc that can be used as sources of market or competitor intelligence

Product development

Suggesting potential upgrade opportunities.  Identifying weaknesses in the product based on customer needs


Key Responsibilities

The Field Process Application Engineer will provide input and support to customers primary on the PVD products then gradually get more involve on the ETCH side. They will also communicate and present materials that offer solutions to customer issues in conjunction with the BU groups in SPTS. They will also be involved in providing and presenting customers with training materials. The role will require heavy travel mainly in Europe that may exceed 50% of total time. Occasional weekend work and international travel may also be required for the role.


Skills and Experience

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate a minimum four years working knowledge of how semiconductors are manufactured, the processing of semiconductors by plasma etch or PVD and semiconductor packaging. Experience of wafer processing gained at either an equipment vendor or wafer fab would be advantageous.



Degree qualified in a technology field.  Preferable Master / PHD in desirable subject. – may substitute with proven extensive experience with bachelor’s degree.