Sr. Equipment Engineer

| Malibu, CA, USA | Hybrid
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General Description:

The ideal Sr. Equipment Engineering candidate will have a proven track record in troubleshooting, diagnosing, and resolving complex electrical, mechanical, and 1-off tool failures associated with semiconductor manufacturing equipment. The selected candidate will have a strong background in Photolithography equipment (Canon steppers, C&D Coat/Develop tools, SVG tracks, and metrology), with some experience in Etch, PECVD, and ALD technologies. He/she will act as the main point of contact for the ESG group in conversations centered around his/her primary tool set(s), having the ability through direct conversation with junior engineers, technicians, and inventory analysts, to identify and fill gaps in current documentation, best known methods (BKM), and parts inventory to assist in the mitigation of extended downtime scenarios related to customer tools. Must be able to work with ESG's inventory analyst to effectively identify, source, and secure critical and long lead time, and obsolete spares required to help extend the useful life of HRL's current fleet of tools. Will possess ability to dismantle, adjust, repair, and assemble equipment according to schematics, blueprints, drawings, and operating/repair manuals. Will have the ability to manage small projects, train other ESG staff and work independently at times. The engineer will develop and implement improvements to enhance reliability, performance and long-term supportability of the HRL's equipment and infrastructure. 

Essential Duties:

Work in an ISO 4 Cleanroom environment2nd Shift hours 12pm to 9:30pm 

Primary Tools Photo Tools, Tracks, Coaters and Developers.

Secondary Tools Etch, PECVD and ALD semiconductor-processing equipment. 

Required Skills: 

Must be knowledgeable in the operational theory, advanced troubleshooting, and repair of Canon steppers, E-Beam lithography, C&D coat and develop tracks, and metrology equipment. 

Having experience with high vacuum systems (theory, troubleshooting, and Helium leak detection for various pump packages) utilized in the processing of semiconductor substrates for Thin Film, Deposition, and Dry Etch modules is a plus.

Having a foundational understanding of abatement systems (theory, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting) is a plus.

Must be proficient in capturing and reporting specific tool failures associated with primary responsibilities.

Must have a proven track record of technical writing (maintenance and PM documentation/work instruction).

Experience with leading root cause/corrective action teams, establishing SPC, OCAP, and FMEA protocols is a plus.

Required Education:

BS degree and min of 3yrs experience or,

AS degree and min of 5yrs experience or,

7-10yrs of equivalent experience (Equivalent may consist of trade school experience, military background or OEM training on relevant equipment) 

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to work in a ISO Class 4 cleanroom and facility equipment rooms

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk or listen

The employee will spend a considerable amount of time in meetings using computers 

The employee is occasionally required to must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Be able to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl

Special Requirements:

U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status required.

Security Clearance a plus


The pay range for this position is $43.58 - $54.50 per hour + bonus + benefits.

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An Insider's view of HRL Laboratories

What’s the vibe like in the office?

My favorite part about working here has been the friendly and collaborative environment. Despite working on individual projects, your co-workers are more than willing to answer questions or lend advice, which I especially appreciated during my first month of training. Everyone wants to see each other succeed and improve, and I have already begun to



How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

I’ve really enjoyed working with coworkers and with other research groups from all backgrounds and from various fields in science. So far I have been able to speak to and work directly with research physicists, materials scientists, and mechanical engineers, to discuss ideas and create things that no one else outside of HRL has been able to do.



How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I worked with my team for a 6-month co-op in 2019, and was given the responsibility of a full-time employee from day 1 which I hadn’t experienced in other companies. I really enjoyed working with my team because they took my suggestions seriously and gave me a lot of free reign; I decided to return for a full-time position after graduation.



How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I feel welcomed every single day and the people that I work with are the absolute best. There are so many different opportunities available and I truly feel like this environment is advantageous for growth and learning. Our company culture is seriously one of a kind and I am so excited to be apart of this team!



What are HRL Laboratories Perks + Benefits

HRL Laboratories Benefits Overview

Before-Tax Benefits
Medical–Choose a PPO or one of two HMOs
Dental PPO or DMO plan
Employee life insurance
Vision Care
Health Care spending account
Dependent care spending account
Employees with medical coverage under another plan can waive medical coverage and receive a medical waiver bonus, currently $1,000 annually
After-Tax Benefits
Optional employee life insurance
Optional dependent life insurance
Short-Term disability insurance
Long-Term disability insurance
Retirement Savings Plan
Employees are automatically enrolled in our savings plan on their first day of service. HRL provides a contribution to each employee account based on your age. You may contribute up to 20% of pay with a generous 100% company match on the first 4% of your contributions. HRL offers more than 23 mutual fund options that allow diversified investment opportunities.

Employees receive an average of thirteen paid holidays per year. Traditionally, the company observes a year-end holiday break between Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Paid Time Off
HRL offers employees a flexible paid time off bank. Employees receive five days upon hire and accrue 10 additional days in the first year, 15 days per year after one year of service, 20 days per year after five years of service and 25 days per year after 20 years of service.

Educational Reimbursement Plan
For eligible employees, HRL provides 100% reimbursement for tuition and books related to approved programs.

HRL supports an on-site, 2500-square-foot fitness center with cardio equipment (ellipticals, treadmills, and recumbent bicycles), circuit training and stretching equipment, and a Wii station. The center is available to employees from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Our ideal location also offers employees a variety of options for exercise and recreation. Beaches abound, and the South Bay Bike Trail extends 22 miles along the coast. Employees also have privileges at Pepperdine University's sports facilities, including an Olympic-size pool, weight room, tennis courts, gymnasium, track and locker facilities.

Other Benefits
On-site research library
Colloquia series with noted speakers
Seaview Terrace Dining Center
Kinecta Federal Credit Union and on-site ATM
170-seat auditorium
Ridesharing incentives
Employee discounts to theaters, special events and amusement parks

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Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free daily meals
Onsite office parking
Recreational clubs
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

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