Technical Support Engineer at KLA (Phoenix, AZ)

| Phoenix – Mesa – Scottsdale, AZ
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Company Overview
KLA is a global leader in diversified electronics for the semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem. Virtually every electronic device in the world is produced using our technologies. No laptop, smartphone, wearable device, voice-controlled gadget, flexible screen, VR device or smart car would have made it into your hands without us. KLA invents systems and solutions for the manufacturing of wafers and reticles, integrated circuits, packaging, printed circuit boards and flat panel displays. The innovative ideas and devices that are advancing humanity all begin with inspiration, research and development. KLA focuses more than average on innovation and in 2019 we invested 15% of sales back into R&D. Our expert teams of physicists, engineers, data scientists and problem-solvers work together with the world's leading technology providers to accelerate the delivery of tomorrow's electronic devices. Life here is exciting and our teams thrive on tackling really hard problems. There is never a dull moment with us.

Group/Division
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, Engineering, 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.

Company Overview

KLA is a global leader in diversified electronics for the semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem. Virtually every electronic device in the world is produced using our technologies. No laptop, smartphone, wearable device, voice-controlled gadget, flexible screen, VR device, or smart car would have made it into your hands without us. KLA invents systems and solutions for the manufacturing of wafers and reticles, integrated circuits, packaging, printed circuit boards, and flat panel displays. The innovative ideas and devices that are advancing humanity all begin with inspiration, research, and development. KLA focuses more than average on innovation and in 2019 we invested 15% of sales back into R&D. Our expert teams of physicists, engineers, data scientists, and problem-solvers work together with the world's leading technology providers to accelerate the delivery of tomorrow's electronic devices. Life here is exciting and our teams thrive on tackling really hard problems. There is never a dull moment with us.

Group/Division

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, Engineering, 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.

Primary Responsibilities:

As part of the Product Support Organization (PSO), Technical Support Engineers (TSEs) respond to ongoing technical issues of KLA equipment where field product support teams were unable to solve. Working on challenging problems requires in-depth system knowledge and a sound understanding of operating principles. Exercise judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, and techniques for achieving results. As the need arises, collaborate with specialists and other teams to craft an optimized plan of action to resolve the technical issues and recover equipment functionality to customer satisfaction. Document troubleshooting processes and technical findings to generate service reports and presentations.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter interested in solving operational and technical problems primarily supporting KLA's legacy products, as well as working as part of a multi-functional team.

Estimated travel is between 30-50% once trained and certified.

Specific responsibilities include:
  • Coordinate and lead service alert calls with field service engineers and development engineers to help analyze and resolve tool issues.
  • Gain engineering-level knowledge and troubleshooting skills of highly complex systems by working with marketing, development engineering, logistics, and field service teams. The systems include optics, electronics, mechanical and pneumatic components, software, and algorithms.
  • Standardize solutions that will benefit all customers including defining the best-known methods (BKM).
  • Participate in multi-functional product teams with a focus on customer satisfaction and operational excellence.
  • Act as a two-way conduit for information transfer between the development engineers and field service teams who provide product maintenance and support.
  • Gather and analyze data and logs from the tools to identify sources of systematic issues, including technical, process, facilities, and user errors.
  • Help develop and detail technical service procedures for proper knowledge gaining.
  • Respond to situations where field service engineers have failed to resolve complicated system performance problems, by providing written plans of action by e-mail, on phone, or at customer sites in the US, Asia, and Europe.
  • Writing technical reports to communicate issues, analysis, technical assessments, system status, best-know-methods, and engineering recommendations.
  • Support the Service Life Cycle team on parts management for legacy products.
  • Backfill or over-support Field Service teams.


Minimum Qualifications
  • STEM Bachelor's Level Degree, Master's Degree Preferred
  • 1-3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience in optical and/or electromechanical systems. Semiconductor capital equipment experience is strongly preferred.
  • Previous technical support and experience in system-level troubleshooting, as well as driving multi-disciplined teams to resolve sophisticated problems preferred.
  • Ability to quickly diagnose problems through analysis of inspection reports, system log files, system parametric diagnostic data, and other test results, and provide solutions.
  • Ability to act independently and with a minimum of planning, drive work to resolution, including post-mortem and standardization actions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Willing to travel (domestic and international) 30-50% annually.


We offer a competitive, family friendly total rewards package. We design our programs to reflect our commitment to an inclusive environment, while ensuring we provide benefits that meet the diverse needs of our employees.

KLA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other status protected by applicable law. We will ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at [email protected] to request accommodation.
More Information on KLA
KLA operates in the Hardware industry. The company is located in Milipitas, CA. KLA was founded in 2022. It has 10001 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 212 open jobs at KLA, click here.
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