Sandia National Laboratories Microelectronics Equipment Technologist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about your work? Do you dream of working in state-of-the-art facilities with safety culture? Do you want to join a diverse team that serves an organization that supports our national security?

We are seeking an experienced Microelectronics Equipment Technologist that develops, builds, modifies, repairs, and maintains a wide variety of microelectronic semiconductor tools, instruments, systems, and processes. You may serve as a generalist technician and have responsibilities in more than one functional area, including metals, chemical vapor deposition, metrology, and dry etch. You will be working in a cleanroom setting monitoring equipment and working proactively to maintain the facility’s capability. You may also support the development of novel diagnostics and their implementation.

On any given day you may be responsible for:

  • Planning and performing a variety of duties to preserve the capability and readiness of a set of semiconductor equipment.
  • Constructs, troubleshoots, calibrates, adjusts, tests, and maintains equipment, components, devices, or systems.
  • Develops, evaluates and works from engineering drawings and written or verbal instructions.
  • Operates related equipment, conducts tests, and reports data in a prescribed format.
  • Specifies and performs calibration and alignment checks; makes adjustments, modifications, and replacements as needed; and prepares prescribed compounds and solutions.
  • Analyzes data and recommends modifications to components or test procedures to meet desired specifications.
  • Handles equipment support contracts and watches the work of vendor equipment support personnel.


  • Requires high school diploma plus five or more years of directly related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. May have secondary education.
  • Ability to lift 35+ lbs.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. DOE security clearance.


Ideally, we would like to see your background include some of the following:

  • Applicant should have demonstrated ability to maintain and repair semiconductor processing equipment in the area of CVD, Metals, and Dry Etch.
  • Applicant should be able to communicate well, work independently with minimal guidance, and collaboratively as part of a team and interact constructively with others.
  • Applicant should possess demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Awareness of engineering principles and basic technical responsibilities, including design and systems technology, within the metrology/inspection processing areas.
  • Practical understanding of electronic theory and principles. -- Previous experience in a R&D micro fabrication environment.
  • Training and certification in Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques.
  • Familiarity with Manufacturing Execution Software Programs
  • Familiarity with all safety requirements relevant to semiconductor equipment work (e.g. lock out tag out, pressure and electrical safety, chemical safety).
  • Active DOE L or Q security clearance.

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: (1) a 12,000 square foot Class 1 Silicon Fab for 6-inch silicon wafer processing and (2) a 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 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 are 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. The MicroFab has expertise in compound semiconductor material processing. All of the MicroFab equipment (180 tools) are maintained and supported by our in-house maintenance and technical staff. We are capable of producing highly customized, low-volume production or prototyping devices and have flexible processing capabilities.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in 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, disability, or veteran status.


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.