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Photo Process Engineer

Company: Samsung Austin Semiconductor
Location: Austin
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Job Description:

Position SummarySamsung Austin Semiconductor is one of the most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facilities in the world with more than 3,000 employees and 2.45 million square feet of floor space. Samsung Austin Semiconductor has broad semiconductor process technology offerings serving customers in various application areas including mobile, consumer, networking/high performance computing, Internet of Things, RF and automotive. Since 1996, SAS has invested approximately $17 billion in its Austin, TX campus, making it one of the largest direct foreign investments in United States history. Samsung Austin Semiconductor is a US-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The Austin facility is one of the few semiconductor plants the company has outside South Korea. Visit www.samsung.com/us/sas.

The Photo Operations team is focused on delivering solutions by developing 24x7x365 teams of elite, fab-oriented, excursion-free, safety and quality minded members. As part of the Photo Operations team, you will work together to support one another and our customers regardless of organizational boundaries.

SAS is focused on being the World's Best Foundry product supplier.Role and Responsibilities


  • As a member of the photo process team, engineers are responsible for performing activities that maintain the flow of production through the factory, maintaining high quality, and working to achieve the company's business objectives.
  • This includes but is not limited to: troubleshooting basic tool issues and making decisions based on effective data analysis; responding to failures using existing procedures; proposing solutions using existing best known methods and procedures; daily process monitoring for SPC trends and change point monitoring; performing data analysis and making informed decisions based on findings; providing support for abnormal events; ongoing defectivity and yield improvement; interact with external yield/defect/manufacturing teams; and implementing operational projects using LEAN principles to improve existing practices and procedures.
  • As a member of photo, having high energy with a focus on safety, quality, and driving proactive continuous improvement is necessary.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Advanced knowledge in photolithography process and understanding of photolithography process qualification.
  • Own a critical module of the process flow: investigate quality issues, improve process margins, and maintain high level of process control.
  • Ability to multi task and work in a fast paced environment.
  • Identifies complex problems and reviews related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Perform routine process monitoring, adjustments and qualification in a high-speed, high-throughput manufacturing environment.
  • Interface with process/equipment engineers and fab technicians to audit and evolve Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and OCAPs for completeness and correctness.
  • Disposition lots, identifying the critical failures that imply bigger problems. Fix those problems or document and escalate.
  • Ability to understand and manipulate overlay process control/strategies.
  • Regularly monitor current and incoming inventory and remove path restrictions to allow continuous flow of production material through photo equipment.
  • Use standardized closed loop techniques to track and close urgent interlocks, and verify corrective actions taken are effective.
  • Identify and drive operational improvement projects, using LEAN principles, to streamline or eliminate existing practices.
  • Designs and runs all aspects of experiments to test hypotheses.
  • Able to work well in a team environment and effectively communicate throughout organization.
  • Familiar with foundry style semiconductor manufacturing and logic semiconductor manufacturing.
  • Work a flexible schedule based on company needs which include (but are not limited to) night shift rotations, weekend, and holiday coverage split amoungst the team.
  • Understanding of semiconductor wafer processing fundamentals.
  • Ability to follow documented procedures.
  • Data Collection and Statistical Methods.
  • Ability to prepare and present reports of a technical nature.
  • Staged Troubleshooting.
  • Structured Problem Solving.
  • Dedicated to meeting and surpassing expectations and requirements of internal and external customers.
  • This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
  • The role of the photo process engineer is split between an office environment and a Class 100 Cleanroom.
  • Office: desk/workstation with personal computer, natural and fluorescent light.
  • Cleanroom: sudden alarms, sounds exceeding 65dB, yellow florescent lighting, must be gowned in issued cleanroom attire which includes but not limited to smock, over-boots, nitrile/vinyl gloves, and surgical mask.
  • While performing the normal duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.
  • The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand. The employee may occasionally be required to lift or move objects up to 25 pounds unassisted.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Specific hearing abilities required by this job include being able to react to sounds exceeding 65dB.
  • The position is full-time and based on a 5-day work week 1st shift schedule.
  • The schedule calls for hours around 7:30am-5pm with adjustments varying by team.
  • Schedules will be flexed for weekend, holiday and night shift coverage depending on business need.
  • The Photo Process Engineering team participates in a rotating shift schedule to ensure equivalent opportunity for day and night shift coverage.
  • It is essential that photo engineers be available for both day and night shift coverage to ensure operational and productivity requirements are met.
  • Limited on call is associated with the engineering position based on unexpected failure issues.
  • Potential requirement to travel abroad for training or technical information transfer. These are not done on a regular basis, but are as needed.

    Skills and Qualifications

    • Required Education and Experience.
    • B.S. in Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical), Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or similar technical degree.
    • Preferred Education and Experience.
    • 4-year bachelors degree in engineering.
    • 6-10+ years experience in semiconductor process engineering.
    • Knowledge of scripting language (Python, R, VBA, or JSL preferred).
    • Work Authorization/Security Clearance (if applicable).
    • AAP/EEO Statement.

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Keywords: Samsung Austin Semiconductor, Austin , Photo Process Engineer, Engineering , Austin, Texas

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