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Semiconductor Equipment Technician/Technologist - Wet Process (Early Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689784

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Posting Duration:

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Organization 05244, MESA III-V, Hetero-Integration, is seeking an early-career Microelectronics Equipment Technologist that develops, builds, modifies, repairs, and maintains microelectronic semiconductor tools, instruments, systems, and processes, in the functional areas of Wet Etching and Plating 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.

  • Provide support with equipment vendor contracts and supervise the work of equipment vendor personnel while onsite.

You must have the ability to work first shift.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work onsite 100% of the time.

Qualifications We Require:

  • High school diploma plus three (3) or more years of directly related experience in equipment maintenance and/or calibrating fabrication (or test) equipment

  • Ability to acquire and maintain a DOE L clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Associates of Science degree

  • Experience in maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting of semiconductor processing equipment; especially in the area of wet processing and/or chemical plating equipment (manual wet benches, automated chemical spray tools)

  • Practical understanding of electronics theory and principles

  • Awareness of engineering principles and basic technical responsibilities, including design of electro-mechanical systems

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

  • Ability to communicate well, interact constructively with others, collaborate as a team and work independently (as needed)

  • Training and certification in Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques

  • Familiarity with Manufacturing Execution Software (MES) programs

About Our Team:

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

MicroFab: Expertise in compound semiconductor material processing. We are capable of producing highly customized, low-volume production or prototyping devices and have flexible processing capabilities. 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. Approximately 200 tools are maintained and supported by our in-house maintenance and technical staff. We operate 18 hours per day, 5 days per week (2 shifts).

Silicon Fab (SiFab): Expertise in both CMOS and MEMS technologies. We offer unique prototyping capabilities and are capable of producing full-flow production lots (with quick turnaround time) as well as performing flexible process development. 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.

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.


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.

Position Information:

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.

Essential Functions:

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: 689784

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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