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Our focus at EpiWorks is the development and manufacture of high-performance semiconductor technology. Our product platform is able to flex to the demands of our customers’ unique device performance requirements. Our workforce is not just high-tech, it’s high-impact. That’s where you come in. To keep our company a generation ahead we’ve shaped a fast-paced, stimulating work environment where you can have significant impact on the day-to-day efforts of an industry trend-setter.

VCSEL Product Engineer

Overview: 

This role will support Operations and Engineering for our 24×7 MOCVD compound semiconductor epitaxial wafer manufacturing facility.  The Product Engineer will be responsible for strategic marketing activity and directly working with both internal and external customers – providing high level technical expertise for MOCVD process development and support.  This position requires advanced knowledge of semiconductor lasers and devices as they relate to wafer growth, metrology, fabrication and testing. Excellent communication and organizational skills, market knowledge, proven abilities in production control, problem solving, and project management skills are required.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Understand technical details of products – ranging from initial designs to volume production capacity and issues.  In-depth MOCVD and device knowledge.
  • Analyze internal and customer-fed databases to maximize product efficacy.
  • Statistically track/analyze device data from customers.
  • Collaborate with development and manufacturing engineering teams to determine product development and build schedules.
  • Work with finance to estimate project costs including ROIs and establish product costs through detailed yielded BOMs.
  • Strategic marketing.
  • Support sales and engineering product managers to cultivate customer relationships and establish broad understanding of customer applications and associated product use. Provide sales with engineering support to ensure customer requests and product inquiries are adequately addressed.
  • Lead improvements in reliability based on FA of devices and external data sources establishing root cause failures and appropriate corrective actions.
  • Review production data with process engineering (e.g., yield, cycle time, DL hours) across entire manufacturing process to facilitate continual improvement plans.
  • Collaborate with development and manufacturing on product roadmaps to meet forecasted industry demands.
  • Ensure products meet cost targets, performance specifications, expected reliability, and quality goals.
  • Assist in development of systems to maintain reports and record the company’s product/process data.
  • Assist with the continual improvement and creation of documenting operational procedures and protocols.  Establish disciplined Six Sigma (DMAIC, SPC, DOE, Gage R&R, etc.) approach to improvement and use 8 Disciplines of problem solving or equivalent tools to manage engineering activities.
  • Develop and execute new test procedures including validation, documentation and training.
  • Independently and collaboratively develop technical information; write application notes and product information sheets.
  • Perform failure analysis of defective components either through hands-on evaluation or interaction with contract service providers.
  • Manage multiple projects with multi-disciplinary indirectly reporting team members.

Requirements Include:

  • BS or MS in Electrical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) or similar discipline and 3-5 years of experience in semiconductor laser manufacturing (strong knowledge of lasers and devices).  VCSEL device knowledge and experience preferred.
  • Vendor management/pricing negotiations.
  • Perform failure analysis on semiconductor devices.
  • Product development and review processes.
  • Recording and reporting performance metrics.
  • Excellent listening and collaboration skills.
  • Skilled at writing and presenting to effectively communicate concepts to both internal and external customers.
  • Attention to detail and an ability to absorb and assimilate information rapidly.
  • Solving complex problems.
  • Highly organized with the ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Familiarity with a wide variety of materials and processes to best achieve the design goals and product specifications.

Interested candidates should apply here.

Quality Coordinator

Overview:

II-VI EpiWorks is seeking a Quality Coordinator to support its 24×7 semiconductor manufacturing operations.  This position supports the company’s ISO 9001:2015 Quality system.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development of procedures and work instructions including the control of documents required by the quality management system (QMS).
  • Assist in documenting and controlling specifications for direct materials used in production.
  • Maintain the results of supplier audits, surveys and evaluations based on the supplier’s ability to provide products meeting specifications and requirements.
  • Conduct internal audits to provide information on whether the quality management system conforms to the requirements of the company’s QMS and ISO 9001:2008
  • Understand and proactively resolve the varied Intellectual Property (IP) needs of internal and external stakeholders to ensure IP is controlled.
  • Support contract control including IP agreements, technical specifications, document management, change management, and compliance in executing contracts.
  • Support compliance with U.S. Government export / import regulations and company policy by maintaining company procedures and instructions
  • Performs duties in compliance with all safety rules and regulations required by Company, Federal, State and Local provisions. (Safety)
  • Performs other duties within the scope of job assignment as assigned by Supervisor

Requirements Include:

  • Two year Associate Degree or Bachelors of Science degree.
  • Prior Quality Technician / Auditor / Inspector Experience (1-2 years)
  • Must be trained in applicable quality system procedures, work instructions and MES Systems
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and work in a cooperative manner to support a team environment
  • Ability to make decisions based upon data analysis
  • Must have computer skills with MS Word and MS Excel
  • Highly motivated with a good work ethic
  • Strong Math and Science aptitude

Interested candidates should apply here.

Quality Engineer (Automotive Targeting)

Overview:

EpiWorks is seeking a Quality Engineer to support its 24×7 semiconductor manufacturing operations.  This position supports the company’s ISO 9001:2015 Quality system.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Support the maintenance and improvement of the quality management system (QMS)
  • Compile and write control plans, procedures, work instructions and checklists for products as controlled documents within the QMS
  • Identify improvement opportunities through the use of statistics and problem solving techniques to improve and sustain process effectiveness
  • Assist as a quality lead in development and implementation of improvement plans to reduce variation about the mean of various process parameters
  • Assist in documenting and controlling specifications for direct materials used in production
  • Report the results of supplier audits, surveys and evaluations based on the supplier’s ability to provide products meeting specifications and requirements
  • Perform internal audits including pre-audit planning, audit execution, evaluation, post audit follow up and recommendations
  • Performs duties in compliance with all safety rules and regulations required by Company, Federal, State and Local provisions (Safety)
  • Performs other duties within the scope of job assignment as assigned by Supervisor

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in mathematics, chemistry, chemical engineering, material science or other engineering disciplines
  • Prior Quality Engineering experience, preferably in automotive electronics
  • General programming and scripting language in support of data manipulations including Excel macros and SQL Queries
  • Six Sigma Methods and Associated skills including Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and work in a cooperative manner to support a team environment
  • Ability to make decisions based upon data analysis
  • Highly motivated with a good work ethic

Interested candidates should apply here.

Fabrication and Test Engineer

Overview:

II-VI EpiWorks is seeking highly motivated Engineers looking to join a world class team responsible for producing state of the art semiconductors used in wireless and optoelectronic technologies. EpiWorks offers a high paced, high reward, high visibility environment where team members can see and feel their impact on a day to day basis.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Operations support of fabrication and testing tools
    • Photolithography tools
    • Wet and Dry etch tools
    • Metal deposition tools
    • Scanning Electron Microscope
    • Oxidation furnace
    • Laser Testing Station
  • Preventative maintenance and calibration management
  • SPC monitoring/development
  • Throughput and utilization tracking
  • Lead process improvement initiatives:
    • Work with Senior Process Engineers to develop fabrication and test processes to support material and device characterization for photonic applications
    • Mask set design
  • Qualification of new tools

Broad based experience with general fabrication processes is essential.  The ideal candidate would have an understanding of compound semiconductor device physics and processes associated with device manufacturing in a clean room environment.

The candidate must be flexible with their work schedule to maintain a 24/7 production platform shared amongst team members.  The candidate must have excellent communication skills and have demonstrated success working in a team environment.

Requirements Include:

  • Education: B.S. or M.S. degree in ECE, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or similar

The ideal candidate would have experience in the following:

  • Fabrication process development for support of epitaxial characterization
  • Vacuum systems
  • General electronics troubleshooting
  • Semiconductor device physics
  • Semiconductor characterization tools
  • Solid state device testing
  • Yield improvement
  • Six Sigma methods and associated skills
  • Design of Experiments (DOE)
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • SQL query development
  • ISO 9000 Quality standards

Interested candidates should apply here.

Sr. MOCVD Equipment Engineer

Overview:
II-VI EpiWorks is seeking a Senior MOCVD Engineer who will oversee the engineering aspects of the MOCVD production equipment platform under the ISO 9001 Quality Management System. The Senior Engineer will supervise an engineering team responsible for maintaining and improving the productivity of the manufacturing processes and equipment. This position requires advanced knowledge of compound semiconductor processes and excellent communication, problem solving, and organizational skills. The candidate should have proven his or her abilities in production control and project management.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Supervise the manufacturing team responsible for MOCVD equipment
  • Responsible for manufacturing equipment performance metrics and certain plant productivity requirements
  • Work closely with equipment suppliers and OEMs to improve MOCVD technology platform
  • Support and document production action plans and FMEA
  • Report KPI’s for equipment uptime, cycle time and throughput
  • Work with the Engineering & Quality teams to transfer processes from development to production
  • Ensure equipment is qualified and maintained in accordance with procedures, tolerances, and control plans
  • Implement continuous improvement initiatives and lead change management processes to improve metrics
  • Provide technical oversight and problem solving skills related to the installation, maintenance and upgrading of MOCVD equipment

Requirements Include:

  • B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in relevant engineering or science field
  • 10+ years’ experience in MOCVD growth of III-V semiconductors
  • Previous management experience preferred
  • Experience under ISO 9001 Quality Management System
  • Familiarity with SPC, Six Sigma

Interested candidates should apply here.

MOCVD Epitaxial Sustaining Engineer

Overview:

II-VI EpiWorks is seeking an MOCVD Epitaxial Engineer to support its 24×7 semiconductor manufacturing operations.  This position supports the MOCVD growth processes and equipment within the company’s ISO 9001:2008 Quality system.  This position requires support of operations in off hours and weekends.  Flexibility of work schedule will be required in order to sustain 24×7 manufacturing. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with Operations and Quality groups to enable high volume wafer delivery
  • Sustain qualified epitaxial processes in a 24×7 manufacturing environment.
  • Calibration and setup of growth processes on MOCVD tools
  • Monitoring and support of production campaigns
  • Yield Monitoring and reactor utilization tracking
  • Operations support
  • Logistics support
  • Provide technical support and team member training as needed. 
  • Work with MOCVD Process Engineers to support reactor qualifications and new process development. 
  • Provide engineering analysis of MOCVD growth processes and production workflow to:
  • Improve cycle time and throughput
  • Identify and resolve bottlenecks.
  • Improve Quality
  • Reduce costs and waste
  • Improve operator efficiency

Requirements Include:

  • B.S or M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Material Sciences, or similar field
  • Solid State Device Physics background in RF and Optoelectronic devices
  • 3+ years’ experience in a 24×7 production environment preferred
  • Experience under ISO 9001 Quality Management System
  • Experience with SPC, Six Sigma and Lean manufacturing
  • Experience with statistical software packages
  • Proficient with MS Office Software
  • Knowledge of SQL preferred
  • Excellent communication skills

Interested candidates should apply here.

MOCVD Equipment Engineer

Overview:

II-VI EpiWorks is seeking an MOCVD Engineer to support its 24×7 semiconductor manufacturing operations.  This position supports the MOCVD equipment within the company’s ISO 9001:2008 Quality system.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead equipment engineering and preventive maintenance activities in an ISO Class 6 clean room environment.
  • Lead troubleshooting and repair activities of assigned MOCVD equipment
  • Track and analyze causes of equipment downtime to improve maintenance practices
  • Design, install and test equipment upgrades and modifications to improve uptime, yield, cycle time and throughput
  • Perform FMEA studies and author and maintain action plans
  • Author and maintain work instructions and maintenance documents
  • New parts vendor qualification
  • Support new equipment installation
  • Support training the equipment maintenance team
  • Report against various functions including equipment uptime, maintenance effectiveness and maintenance costs versus plan

Requirements Include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or science field related to Semiconductors
  • Preferred: 5 years’ experience in a 24 x 7 production environment
  • Clean room experience and knowledge of vacuum systems, RF heating, gas handling, control systems and robotic systems are a plus
  • Strong computer skills with some education in computer programming and preferably some experience with writing queries against an SQL database.
  • Experience with SPC and process control methodologies
  • Highly motivated with a good work ethic
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong mechanical aptitude

Interested candidates should apply here.

MOCVD Epitaxial Process Engineer

Overview:

II-VI EpiWorks is seeking a MOCVD Process Engineer(s) to support and develop MOCVD growth processes for a 24×7 semiconductor manufacturing platform.  This position supports Operations and Engineering within the company’s ISO 9001:2008 Quality System.  In this role, MOCVD Process Engineers will work with both internal and external customers – providing high level technical expertise for MOCVD process development and support.  This position requires advanced knowledge of compound semiconductor processes related to growth, metrology, fabrication and testing. Excellent communication and organizational skills, and proven abilities in production control, problem solving, project management are required.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Participate and Lead Process development meetings
  • External customer interaction
  • Design DOE’s for development campaigns
  • Analyze and provide feedback in support of process development.
  • Execute development and reactor qualification campaigns
  • Work with Manufacturing Engineers to help identify and design reactor hardware modifications as necessary in support of new process development. 
  • Work with Fab and Test Engineers to develop characterization and test capabilities in support of new processes.   
  • Transfer MOCVD growth processes from development to production
  • Create and maintain Process Control Plans
  • Support initial production ramps
  • Work with Epitaxial Engineers and Manufacturing Engineers as needed to support qualified growth processes.
  • Provide engineering analysis of device parametrics
  • Ensure Processes are capable for all critical parameters
  • Identify and track continuous improvement projects
  • Create and monitor capability reports

Requirements Include:

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in relevant engineering or science field
  • MOCVD growth and materials characterization
  • Solid State Device Physics background in RF and Optoelectronic devices required
  • 5-10 years of epitaxial growth in a production environment preferred
  • Experience under ISO 9001 Quality Management System
  • Experience with SPC, Six Sigma and Lean manufacturing
  • Experience with statistical software packages
  • Proficient with MS Office Software
  • Knowledge of SQL preferred
  • Excellent communication skills required

Interested candidates should apply here.

Clean Room Technician

Category: Operations
Hours: Full time

Description:

EpiWorks is seeking Technicians for its semiconductor manufacturing operations.  Epiworks is a growing company, and we are seeking highly motivated individuals to support our goal of achieving 24×7 operations.  Technicians are highly valued members of our team that work with engineers to support both Production and Maintenance operations.  Technicians are responsible for operating production equipment, for performing maintenance evolutions and for handling semiconductor wafers.

Successful candidates will have a good work ethic, strong troubleshooting and multitasking abilities, and possess basic computer skills including familiarity with Microsoft Applications.  Prior experience in semiconductor manufacturing, in handling chemicals such as acids and bases or in working in a clean room environment is desired.  Higher education in chemistry, physics, engineering or any laboratory science is also helpful.  Pay commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should apply here.

It’s the expertise of our people that makes a difference. When we talk about a materials and device expertise, we’re talking about the people who make up our team of researchers and engineers. We’ve been very deliberate about building that team. We have an R & D group that interacts on a high level with our customers and develops technologies they can utilize easily, and an engineering group that uses its materials and device expertise to make sure the technology can be made into a product that performs like it should. This philosophy continues right into our production team, which specializes in epiwafer manufacturing and quality control. We’re responsive problem solvers, always leveraging the knowledge of device people who understand our customers and speak their language. It’s a great mix, and it sets EpiWorks apart.

Quesnell Hartmann

CEO, EpiWorks

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