Microelectronics / Nanofabrication Maintenance & Process Engineer

Systems Engineering
REDD - Research & Exploratory Development Department

Do you enjoy working in a hands-on environment? 

Do you have an interest and passion for troubleshooting and repair of complex equipment? 

If so, we may have the position for you!

The Research & Exploratory Development Department (REDD) is seeking a Microelectronics / Nanofabrication Maintenance & Process Engineer for semiconductor equipment. In this role, you will support a wide variety of groundbreaking research, quick-turn prototyping, fully configured spacecraft and instrument development. This work helps solve critical challenges for the U.S. Department of Defense, National Security, and Space missions.

You will be the primary microelectronics support resource for equipment troubleshooting and repair, within the Advanced Electrical Fabrication group. The role will include completing reactionary and preventative maintenance for a Class 1000 semiconductor clean room, used for MEMS/Nano fabrication and related process and development tasks. This group also includes Printed Circuit Board Fabrication and Electrical Assembly capabilities, which may utilize your talent and support.

You will be a valued member of our team, keeping semiconductor fabrication equipment running efficiently, interfacing with equipment manufacturers, fabrication engineers and other cleanroom users in order to perform preventative maintenance as well as diagnose and repair malfunctions. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of vacuum equipment and systems and demonstrated experience in troubleshooting complex equipment failures. Approximately 80% of your time is expected to be spent on equipment and facility maintenance, with remaining 20% on direct fabrication and processing tasks.

Your duties will include:

  • Troubleshoot, diagnose and repair semi-conductor fabrication equipment, including:
    • Photolithography Mask Aligners
    • Wafer Bonder
    • Plasma etch systems
    • Electron beam evaporators
    • Sputtering systems
    • Wafer Dicer
    • Parylene vapor deposition system
    • Fiber optic laser
    • Vacuum Equipment/Systems
  • Create and sustain maintenance logs for equipment, including history of repairs, preventative maintenance, modifications, etc.
  • Identify and procure materials/equipment/replacement parts for maintenance needs.
  • Assist in various semiconductor fabrication processes, leveraging this equipment as well as wet chemical processes.
  • Support chemical inventory and chemical waste disposal within the cleanroom.
  • Maintain a safe work environment – housekeeping, labeling and disposal of waste.
  • If bandwidth allows, contribute towards other similar REDD equipment support needs on campus.
  • Support vendor site visits for equipment repair and preventative maintenance.
  • Coordinate with APL Facility staff on new capital installs.
  • Support maintenance of advanced plating equipment.
  • Support REDD Facility Chief and Microelectronics supervisors with continuous improvement initiatives, Environmental monitoring, etc.
  • Additional support for PCB Fabrication and Electrical Assembly areas, may include general mechanical and electrical repairs as needed.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have:

  • Have a Bachelors degree in industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, or other related field, or equivalent significant on the job experience directly related to maintaining complex micro/nanofabrication equipment.
  • Have at least 5+ years hands-on experience with semiconductor equipment or vacuum system maintenance.
  • Are comfortable working in a fully gowned/cleanroom environment.
  • Are open to handling hazardous acids, bases and solvents (with appropriate training, personal protective equipment, and safety protocols in place).
  • Are able to comfortably lift 50lbs for short durations (required for moving heavy equipment).
  • Are able to stand for extended periods as may be needed in troubleshooting equipment.
  • Possess strong collaborative skills for our team environment, including self-motivation, good oral and written communication, a willingness to learn and grow, and ability to maintain positive working relationships with co-workers and vendors.
  • Have the ability to obtain a Secret security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you:

  • Have 10+ years experience in hands-on semiconductor equipment maintenance.
  • Have experience in semiconductor, MEMS, or nanotechnology device fabrication processes.
  • Have training/experience in safely handling hazardous acids, bases and solvents.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at http://www.jhuapl.edu/careers.


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