KLA Careers

Production 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?


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.


This role is focused upon New Product Introduction (NPI) and Continuous Improvement Projects (CIP). The required outcomes will reduce Lead Time and improve Overall Labour Effectiveness within Operations at SPTS Newport. This will require working closely with Design Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Customer Support to optimize products and processes.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Lead NPI projects, co-ordinating the relevant stakeholders to ensure smooth transition into Operations.
  • Risk Assessment of Manufacturing Assembly and Test processes, ensuring that all EH&S standards are complied with.
  • Ensure that Engineering and Assembly Drawings are optimised for both Manufacturing and Supply Chain requirements.
  • Confirm BOMs and Operation Sequences are optimised for Manufacturability
  • Run CIP to solve known issues working with stakeholders across Engineering, Operations and Customer Support.
  • Develop the required documentation to support processes and provide training to Manufacturing Test and Customer Support Engineers.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Estimate manufacturing costs, determine time standards, and develop tooling and process requirements for new or existing product lines.
  • Be able to train others in the interpretation of Engineering Drawings, complex BOM structures and Test Procedures
  • Raise ECOs in response to problems identified and implement solutions using PLM, ERP and MES systems
  • The occasional requirement for travel to suppliers within the UK and abroad.


  • Degree qualified in an Engineering discipline.
  • Six Sigma Black Belt, or Green Belt looking to progress.
  • Strong IT Skills (Excel and PowerPoint), experience of ERP and MES systems preferred.
  • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills, work well with diverse groups of people and be able to function independently of direct supervision.  


  • >3 years related experience in a Production Engineering role.
  • A proven record of Change Management in a complex engineering environment.
  • Semiconductor or Capital Equipment industry experience is desirable.
  • Familiarity with AutoCad Electrical and Solid Edge/Works would be an advantage.

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