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Principal Engineer, Equipment Engineering

Company: Western Digital
Location: Fremont
Posted on: January 11, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description

At Western Digital, our vision is to power global innovation and push the boundaries of technology to make what you thought was once impossible, possible.

At our core, Western Digital is a company of problem solvers. People achieve extraordinary things given the right technology. For decades, we've been doing just that. Our technology helped people put a man on the moon.

We are a key partner to some of the largest and highest growth organizations in the world. From energizing the most competitive gaming platforms, to enabling systems to make cities safer and cars smarter and more connected, to powering the data centers behind many of the world's biggest companies and public cloud, Western Digital is fueling a brighter, smarter future.

Binge-watch any shows, use social media or shop online lately? You'll find Western Digital supporting the storage infrastructure behind many of these platforms. And, that flash memory card that captures and preserves your most precious moments? That's us, too.

We offer an expansive portfolio of technologies, storage devices and platforms for business and consumers alike. Our data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital -, G-Technology---, SanDisk - and WD - brands.

Today's exceptional challenges require your unique skills. It's You & Western Digital. Together, we're the next BIG thing in data.

Job Description

The Principal Equipment Engineer must have strong equipment engineering background and experience. They are responsible for the specification, project management, design review and qualification testing of the new tools. Further, they work closely with Process Engineering, Maintenance, vendors and other teams to define, improve and monitor equipment reliability, throughput and process capability. They define, deploy, monitor and improve the Preventive Maintenance specifications, EDCSPC on tool parameters, bill of material and spare parts requirement. They review, analyze and investigate equipment related scraps and provide root cause analysis and effective corrective actions. Being the in-house technical equipment expert, they are hands-on technical individuals with strong troubleshooting skills to help bring the tool up efficiently and effectively upon down-tool escalations.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities
Take ownership of the new equipment specification, technical negotiation with vendors, design and documentation review, tool installation, and qualification testing and documentation. Ensure project is on schedule, and at the same time deliver with the highest quality by proactively identifying and correcting capability, reliability and Maintenance issues early on. Generate accurate and detailed documentation for facility, maintenance, stores and process owners.
Lead or be an active team member to drive continuous improvement programs to improve equipment performance and reliability, maximize Mean Productive Time Between Failure (MTBF), and Operational Uptime (AOU), and minimize Mean Time To Repair (MTTR).
Provide accurate and detailed documentation as well as training in basic and advanced maintenance and troubleshooting skills along with established best maintenance and safe practices. Practice gage R&R on critical equipment and consumable related measurements. Monitor and follow through for continuous improvement opportunities across all shifts.
Review and evaluate tool and spare parts related inputs from Maintenance organizations. Provide timely response, proposed timeline and sound actions for continuous improvement opportunities.
Respond to scrapped wafers that occur due to equipment or maintenance related incidences. Review, analyze and investigate equipment related scraps and provide sound root cause analysis and timely effective corrective actions.
Define and review regularly the minimum (reorder) and maximum spares quantities on critical and long lead items to ensure inventories are at the correct level to support equipment maintenance and repair effort. Work with store and vendor to ensure in-coming parts meet form, fit, functional and other quality requirements. Generate parts and consumables specifications, checklist and drawings as needed.
Establish, review regularly, and respond to SPC out of control situation for equipment parameters. Additionally, define jointly with process team to set-up and test process and equipment alarm parameters at the tool. Monitor tool alarm logs regularly and follow through for proactive actions and continuous improvement opportunities. Drive tool matching and yield improvement through design and engineering improvements.
Keep track of the down tool situation and provide verbal and written instructions to support teams upon request. Respond to down tool escalation calls upon request by Production and Maintenance organizations. Take an active and leading role in bringing the down tool up efficiently and effectively. Observe for learning and improvement opportunities across all functions. Follow through with the improvement actions.
Keep track and learn the applicable new equipment and process technologies for potential wafer fab applications and implementations.

The Equipment Engineer candidate is a highly motivated individual who has at least 8 years' experience with a B.S. or at least 6 years' experience with an M.S. degree and a successful record of accomplishment in equipment design and sustaining experience.
Degrees must be in electrical, mechanical, or related Engineering or physical science.
The candidate must demonstrate technical capability and positive results in Wet Etch, Plating, or CMP process equipment.
The applicant must be a strong problem solver, organized and quality driven.
Required experiences include in-depth understanding and practice of equipment design and testing (or sustaining), operations, documentation, maintenance, as well as good understanding of wafer level processes and cleanroom requirements.
The position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong project management and people skills, and must be able to act as an active team leader or cross-functional team member to provide the best results to the teams and company.
They must know how to effectively work with technicians and be able to clearly transfer technical knowledge and instructions in an accessible manner. PC skills include JMP, MS Excel, Project, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. CAD and geometric tolerance experience are highly preferred.

Additional Information

Western Digital is committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees and will not discriminate based on their race, color, ancestry, religion (including religious dress and grooming standards), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), gender (including a person's gender identity, gender expression, and gender-related appearance and behavior, whether or not stereotypically associated with the person's assigned sex at birth), age, national origin, sexual orientation, medical condition, marital status (including domestic partnership status), physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected medical and family care leave, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. We also prohibit harassment of any individual on any of the characteristics listed above. Our non-discrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment. We comply with the laws and regulations set forth in the Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster.

Western Digital thrives on the power and potential of diversity. As a global company, we believe the most effective way to embrace the diversity of our customers and communities is to mirror it from within. We believe the fusion of various perspectives results in the best outcomes for our employees, our company, our customers, and the world around us. We are committed to an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive through a sense of belonging, respect and contribution.

Western Digital is committed to offering opportunities to applicants with disabilities and ensuring all candidates can successfully navigate our careers website and our hiring process. Please contact us at to advise us of your accommodation request. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.

Keywords: Western Digital, Fremont , Principal Engineer, Equipment Engineering, Engineering , Fremont, California

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