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?


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.


We are looking for an Associate Test Engineer who will be involved with the testing of new technologies.  In this position you will work on assignments that are moderately complex in nature where judgment is required to resolve problems and make routine recommendations.   If you enjoy working in a collaborative, continuous learning environment while working on industry leading technology, we want to hear from you!   In addition, you will:

  • Perform set-up, calibration, testing and troubleshooting of circuits, components, instruments and mechanical assemblies.
  • Determine and may develop test specifications, methods and procedures from blueprints, drawings and diagrams.
  • Test and troubleshoot assemblies and/or final systems, and  complete rework on assemblies and/or systems as a result of testing.
  • Prepare technical reports summarizing findings and recommending solutions to technical problems. May assist in the selection and set-up of specialized test equipment.
  • Work on assignments that are moderately difficult, requiring judgment in resolving issues or in making recommendations.
  • Perform ongoing daily work with minimal instruction, and with general instructions on newly introduced assignments.
  • May provide work assignment direction and technical training to peers. 


  • You have hands-on experience in electrical component level testing, troubleshooting and repair.
  • Ability to work in a clean room environment is required.
  • You have experience with systems development and testing, including formulating system level requirements, test specifications and test results.
  • Hands on experience using Oscilloscopes and  DVM analysis tools and equipment is preferred.
  • You are able to use and manipulate a variety of fine adjustment hand tools, torque wrenches and calipers.
  • You work effectively across different functional teams in different locations.
  • You demonstrate excellent written and oral interpersonal skills in English.
  • You demonstrate excellent organization skills, with a logical approach to problem solving, good time management and task prioritization.
  • You are dedicated and able to work with a minimum of supervision.
  • You hold a Technical Certificate, or AS degree, or military technical training experience, or equivalent vocational training in a technical discipline and a minimum of 5 years of related experience.  A BSEE, BSEET or similar degree in an engineering discipline is strongly preferred.
  • A demonstrated ability to work with little or no instruction on routine work, and with general instructions on new assignments.
  • You have prior hands-on experience testing digital and/or analog components and systems.
  • You are able to demonstrate the ability to read and comprehend complicated drawings, mathematics, and handbook formulas, and use a variety of testing and measuring instruments.
  • A willingness to learn, collaborate effectively within and across teams, and strive for continuous improvement.
  • You are able to work extended hours, including weekends.
  • You are able to stand, sit, bend, and periodically lift up to 50 pounds with assistance.
  • LabView, Linux and MS Office suite software knowledge is a plus.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Technical School with at least 3 years of experience.
  • OR Equivalent Combination of Experience and Education. 

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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