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CMP Manufacturing Engineer

Headway Technologies, Inc.

Milpitas, California 95035
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REQ#:                    17-004



Under the direction of the Sr. Manager of CMP Manufacturing Engineering, the CMP Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for the monitoring and supporting day-to-day CMP processes on the manufacturing line, including partnering with other engineers to develop and deliver strategies to improve and optimize wafer CMP and cleaning processes; researches, tests, and presents recommendations for new methodologies which reduce cost and improve operational efficiency; analyzes data, creates reports, and makes presentations to groups; conducts basic root cause analysis and recommends corrective action; partners with other engineers to develop and implement procedures for transitioning new products in the manufacturing line; and reviews updates, and maintains all documentation and MPI’s. This position is located in Milpitas, California.



  • Monitors and supports day-to-day CMP manufacturing processes and activities which improve and optimize wafer CMP and cleaning

  • Ensures process reliability and consistency by providing technical support to operators, technicians, and other engineers

  • Collaborates with development team regarding new CMP process integration and manufacturing process improvements

  • Presents recommendations for process improvements by analyzing data, conducting experiments, and researching alternative methods which reduce scrap

  • Designs and conducts basic experiments to verify process robustness; analyzes data and reports findings

  • Partners with other engineers to develop and implement practices or methodologies which lower cost, increase yield, and improve operational efficiency

  • Conducts basic root cause analysis and implements corrective action if required

  • Responds to inquiries from other team members, managers, or departments

  • Uses Statistical Process Control (SPC) to analyze product quality data; develops charts or reports and presents findings before groups or teams

  • Adheres to all safety policies and procedures as required

  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level*



  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical or Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, or Physics and/or equivalent relevant experience.

  • Two years of hands on experience working in the magnetic thin film fabrication or semiconductor industries in a manufacturing or process engineering role

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Applications


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of CMP principles, practices, and techniques

  • Knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Office applications to create spreadsheets, Word documents, and presentations

  • Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with all levels of contractors, consultants, employees, and management

  • Able to work productively and collaboratively with all levels of employees and management

  • Able to comply with all safety policies and procedures

  • Able to use critical thinking to resolve issues, conduct root cause analysis, and make recommendations for process improvements

  • Demonstrated analytical skills

  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills

  • Demonstrated problem-solving and trouble shooting skills

  • Flexible and able to prioritize



The CMP Manufacturing Engineer works primarily in an office environment. The schedule may be altered from time-to-time to meet business or operational needs; may travel from building-to-building as needed. Works in a class 100 ESD sensitive wafer manufacturing facility; wears a cleanroom (bunny) suit, including hood, gloves, safety glasses, booties, and mask. May be exposed to hazardous conditions, chemicals, fumes, and/or gases during the course of work day; may be exposed to loud noise. Stands, walks, bends, twists, and crawls. Performs various fine grasping movements; operates a computer and enters information using a keyboard, operates a telephone, and other office equipment; may occasionally push, pull, or lift up to 30 pounds.


*Other duties of a similar nature or level are duties that may be required, but may not be specifically listed in the job description or posting.


TDK/Headway Technologies, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. Applicants requiring accommodation in order to complete the application process should contact Susan Rowatt, Staffing and Compensation Manager, at Interested applicants should submit their resume to or



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