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Sandia National Laboratories Microelectronics Equipment Technologist - Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


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The MESA III-V, Hetero-Integration team is seeking an experienced Microelectronics Equipment Technologist that develops, builds, modifies, repairs, and maintains microelectronic semiconductor tools, instruments, systems, and processes, in the functional areas of Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) and Oxygen Plasma Clean (ASH) in Sandia National Laboratories' MESA MicroFab. The selected candidate will be working in a cleanroom setting monitoring equipment and working proactively to maintain and upgrade the facility’s capability. One may also support the development of novel diagnostics and their implementation.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Plan and perform multiple duties to preserve the capability and readiness of a set of semiconductor equipment.

  • Construct, fix, calibrate, adjust, test, and maintain equipment, components, devices, or systems.

  • Develop, evaluate, and work from engineering drawings and written or verbal instructions.

  • Analyze data and recommend modifications to components or test procedures to meet desired specifications.

  • Handle equipment support contracts and supervise the work of vendor equipment support personnel.


  • High School diploma plus five (5) years' directly related experience

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance


  • Electro-mechanical, thermal, and high-vacuum system maintenance and troubleshooting experience on semi-conductor fabrication equipment

  • A strong understanding of electronics theory, principles, and design

  • Experience maintaining vacuum systems

  • Familiarity with all safety requirements relevant to semiconductor equipment work (e.g. lock out tag out, pressure and electrical safety, chemical / gas safety)

  • Strong communication skills, work independently with minimal guidance, and collaboratively as part of a team and interact constructively with others

  • Demonstrated ability to organize competing priorities efficiently

  • Experience in authoring and/or revising activity-level work documents

  • Training and certification in Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques

  • Familiarity with Manufacturing Execution Software Programs

  • An active DOE L-level security clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Secret

    Department Description:

Sandia National Laboratories Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) complex provides unique processing capability in semiconductor microfabrication. The MESAFab Operations departments develop and maintain core semiconductor processing capabilities and capacity that enable our customers to build differentiating Microsystems products. Two unique facilities are co-located within the 65,000 square foot MESAFab complex including:

  • 12,000 square foot Class 1 Silicon Fab for 6-inch silicon wafer processing

  • 15,000 square foot Class 10 and Class 100 MicroFab for compound semiconductor material processing and silicon wafer post-processing

Key microfabrication processing areas include photolithography, reactive ion etch, wet etch/clean, oxidation and diffusion, thin films, CMP (planarization), ion implantation, metrology, deep reactive silicon ion etch, wafer bonding and thinning, electroplating, packaging, MEMS release, yield learning and statistical process control.

The MicroFab has expertise in compound semiconductor material processing. All MicroFab equipment (180 tools) is maintained and supported by our in-house maintenance and technical staff. We operate 18 hours per day, 5 days per week (2 shifts). We are capable of producing highly customized, low-volume production or prototyping devices and have flexible processing capabilities.

The Silicon Fab has processing expertise in both CMOS and MEMS technologies. Over 150 equipment sets are maintained, supported, and operated 24 hours per day, 5 days a week (3 shifts). Both processing and maintenance expertise is staffed on all 3 shifts. We offer unique prototyping capabilities. We are capable of producing full flow production lots with quick turnaround time as well as performing flexible process development

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:• Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide• Extraordinary co-workers• Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world• Career advancement and enrichment opportunities• Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)• Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.


This Limited Term Employee (LTE) position is a temporary position for one year term, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to a maximum of seven years.

Individuals in LTE positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.


Selected applicants will be required to pass a Job Placement Assessment before beginning the job to ensure that they can perform the essential physical requirements, with or without accommodations.

Job ID: 679623