Equipment Engineer – SPD

Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (AOI)

Full Time
Sugar land, TX
Posted 5 months ago

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Equipment Engineer – SPD
Sugar Land TX, Posted 1 month ago


The Equipment Engineer works closely with the semiconductor (wafer and chip) production line to equip the state-of-the-art technology in manufacturing and research development, and to support the routine operation and future growth of the semiconductor products division. In this position, the engineer is responsible for a variety of tasks such as managing equipment, monitoring status, equipment installation, routine maintenance, preventative maintenance (PM), automation, modifications, calibrations, decontamination, troubleshooting and repairing the tools for wafer process, wafer growth, and chip production groups. Equipment engineers are also responsible to maintain the spare parts inventory and equipment backup.

Job Duties

  • New equipment specification, installation and qualification.
  • Upgrade or modify existing equipment.
  • Track equipment performance and reduce downtime.
  • Analyze and troubleshoot equipment issues to find the root cause.
  • Work with tool/equipment vendors for scheduling and conducting required preventive maintenance.
  • Manage spare parts and backup equipment, reduce cost and improve operation efficiency.
  • Support equipment audits including annual physical count.
  • Participate in determining and providing an optimum plan of equipment operation, space requirements and related facilities for assigned areas.
  • Provide the production team with in-depth training and technical guidance.
  • Develop/Review/Revise work instructions and procedures in support of manufacturing processes.
  • Help to resolve manufacturing constraints, ease production line and reduce risk.
  • Support develop and implemente new processes and equipment.
  • Manage cleanrooms facility, DI water, chilled water, gases and toxic gas monitoring.
  • Work with EHS on toxic waste treatment.
  • May require on-call for nights and weekends to minimize down time of the production line.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Level dependent and may supervise other engineers and technicians.


  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Materials Engineering, Physics, Chemistry
  • Minimum 5 years of directly related work experience in the semiconductor manufacturing and cleanroom environment
  • Hands-on experience in dealing with mechanical, vacuum, electrical, and chemical equipment
  • Experience in wafer process steps including lithography, deposition, plating and etching is a plus
  • Familiar with inspection tools including optical microscope, profilometer, ellipsometer, and SEM (scanning electron microscope)
  • Strong data analysis skills. Familiar with LabVIEW, MS Access, SQL, or JMP a plus
  • Strong troubleshooting, monitoring, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively across all business levels and functions

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • While performing the duties of this job, the associate may need the ability to lift and carry loads up to 50 pounds, stand and/or walk for 10+ hrs. daily and climb stairs
  • Subject to hazards, noise, vibration, dust, heat and odors
  • Must be comfortable handling chemicals, including corrosive acids, bases, solvents, etc.
  • Must be comfortable with wearing cleanroom garments and other personal protective equipment with no make-up


This position is full time and on-site based in our Sugar Land, Texas location.


  • In addition to competitive salary, AOI offers
  • Flexible and competitive health (medical, dental, vision) plans offer the employee with the right options to meet individual and family needs
  • Employer matching on 401(k) deferrals
  • Generous PTO policy, with unused PTO payout at end of the year
  • Relocation package available within US
  • Immigration sponsorships (Must be currently authorized to work in the US)



Job Features

Job CategoryDevelopment Services - Planning, Automation, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Management, Document Control, Electrical, Engineering, Estimation, Industrial, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Mathematical/Statistical Skills, Mechanical, Network Administration, Optoelectronics, Project Management, Quality Control, Science & Biotech, Software Development, Supply Chain

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