KLA Careers

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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 Global Service Support Organization (GSS) team headquartered in Milpitas, CA is our service organization that consists of Service Sales and Marketing, Spares Supply Chain management, Field Operations, Product Training, and Technical Support.  The GSS organization partners with our field teams and customers in all business sectors to maintain the high performance and productivity of our products through a flexible portfolio of services. Our comprehensive services include: proactive management of tools to identify and improve performance; expertise in optics, image processing and motion control with worldwide service engineers, 24/7 technical support teams and knowledge management systems; and an extensive parts network to ensure worldwide availability of parts.


Works under minimal direction and supervision of Manager or technical support engineer. Primarily responsible for customer service activities associated with updating, troubleshooting, diagnosing and repairing of highly complex capital equipment at customer sites. Represents the company to the customer and assumes accountability for customer satisfaction with service. Assures operational quality of system equipment. Coordinates actions with customers to minimize down time. Provides Product installation support.

1. Evaluates, analyzes, diagnoses and troubleshoots technical equipment problems via telephone or at customer site. Ensures equipment enhances customer production. Repairs and  updates equipment at customer facility. 
2. Repairs of system level problems (which have multiple causes and  for which no standard procedures exist) are based on CSE's technical knowledge, education, training and certification.
3. CSE's may access and determine the problems existing in customers' processes such as chemical leaks or contamination, and as a result may recommend shutdown of customer fab due to unsafe conditions.
4. Prepares fields service reports on customer support activity and provides documentation to other supporting functions supporting functions on re-occurring problems.
5. Prepares quotes for customers based on labor, travel expenses incurred and parts needed. CSE's use discretion and assist regional admin in preparing quotes based on reason for equipment failure, time to prepare etc.
6. Assists other field service engineers as appropriate. Provides guidance and technical assistance to Installation Engineer on installations at customer sites or on installing/dismantling demonstration machines.
7. Conducts customer orientation and technical training on all aspects of equipment maintenance support for user applications.
8. Travels by car or commercial transportation to customer facility.
9. Contribute to the Capturing, Re-use, Collaboration, and Improvement of knowledge using available systems. 

Knowledge Sharing: An exemplary Knowledge sharing employee; continues to share their learning with fellow KT employees. Full participation in Communities-of-Interest (CoI). Posting knowledge insights (new learning) and replying to questions posted by other CoI members. Clear, detailed and accurate documentation of daily activities in either Solution Point, DCR, Legacy Communities or similar

Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything. 

When requested, collects and sorts out necessary data for problem solving appropriately and accurately.  Using his/her judgment can also collect other data, analyze and feed it back to the appropriate person. (For case escalation, can responsively carry out Step 2 of 7-Step and can carry out Step 3 if needed.) For routine work, thinks about and finds some improvement and carries them out. 

The nature of work requires that CSE's work independently; only occasionally  requiring guidance from management. CSE's are required to contact management on a daily basis (at least twice each day in a down tool sit.) to report activities.  CSE's spend part of their time in the office resolving equipment problems via phone and at least 50% of time at customer site.


1. Analytical skills
2. Ability to understand and troubleshoot problems in software and electronics, optics, mechanical, electro-mechanical and electro-optical systems.
3. Knowledge of computer theory, various operating systems and applicable operating system software knowledge, Networking in a Windows, Unix or Novell environment. Knowledge in MS Office (Word, Excel, E-mail).
4. Develops capabilities in use of all available diagnostic resources. Develops and demonstrates technical proficiency in all aspects of assigned equipment set.
5. Understanding of customer application/utilization of assigned equipment set in production environment and Semiconductor industry. Semiconductor industry process knowledge, required to take the KT class for Introduction to semiconductor processes.
6. Strong interpersonal/communication skills in understanding customer needs. Ability to work under pressure and stringent timelines since failure of company equipment may shut down customer manufacturing area.
7. Can perform Preventive Maintenance (PM) by oneself. If knowledge is insufficient, investigates or asks people and learn. Can make circumstantial judgment suitable in the trouble and can complete the task (consultation to Tech Support Engineer (TE) is included). Can generate the detailed feedback report for Failure Analysis (FA) and Dead On Arrival (DOA).Can create a trouble report and present it to customers.

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