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Process Engineer I

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Location: Hillsboro, Oregon, United States
Job ID: 45171
Date Posted: Mar 19, 2020
Segment: High-Tech
Business Unit: Hitachi High-Technologies
Company Name: Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc.
Profession (Job Category): Engineering
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-time
Remote: No

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POSITION TITLE:               Process Engineer I

DIVISION NAME:               SED

FLSA STATUS (E or N):     E

EEO CATEGORY:              Professional




The Process Engineer I position is located in Hillsboro, OR and supports the business objectives of HTA’s Semiconductor Equipment Division (SED).  This positions main objective is to provide process engineering support to SED’s various demonstration labs, customer activities, and development programs.  The employee must be willing to travel to Japan for a 1-3 month training assignment if necessary.  This is a developmental position.  Engineer is initially spending approximately 75% of their time in training and under close supervision while typically receiving detailed instructions for most tasks.  Position is expected to acquire job skills, learn company policies and procedures, perform routine tasks, enhance process development skills and acquire hardware proficiency.  Continued training will be given to develop specific skills, knowledge and service techniques.  The engineer should be able to independently perform tasks, understand RIE theory, work in a cleanroom environment, and interface with customers on a detailed level within 3 years.  The engineer is also interfacing with engineers globally so strong interpersonal skills are required.




  • Day-to-Day responsibilities include: completing assigned tasks in a timely fashion, learning routine development tasks and tool operation, and acquiring specific process development knowledge and skills

  • Hands-on dry etch process development.  This includes performing customer demonstrations, R&D of new dry etch technology trends, and meeting the objectives of customer requirements for current and future technology processes 

  • Operate Hitachi Etch System after being trained

  • After training, must be able to operate all associated semiconductor metrology equipment including scanning electron microscopy, focused ion beam milling, and thin film metrology techniques 

  • Working under supervision, must be able to independently complete routine process development tasks after receiving detailed instructions

  • Utilize analytical tools & techniques to solve process development issues

  • Analysis of data, design and execution of experiments including DOE

  • Generate internal and external documentation for products, presentations, and technical reports, and generate process engineering specifications

  • Interface with customers regarding demonstration results, new product evaluations, training of process and/or equipment, and troubleshooting of process issues

  • Interface with Hitachi Corporate R&D headquarters in Japan






  • BS Degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, related field, or equivalent experience 




  • 0-5 years Plasma Etch Process Experience or semiconductor processing preferred

  • Possible travel to Japan for training or customer sites worldwide as needed




  • Must be willing to travel to Japan for 0-2 year training assignment 

  • Periodic oversees business trips may be required throughout the year

  • Candidate must have good verbal and written communication, strong analytical capabilities and trouble shooting skills, and must work well in a team environment

  • Strong general technical knowledge of semiconductor wafer processing

  • Fundamental understanding of and experience with Dry Etch / RIE

  • Self-motivated and show ability to adapt to changes in a fast moving environment.

  • Demonstrate project planning, execution, and leadership skills with on-time delivery of milestones

  • Strong engineering analytical/problem solving skills.  Understanding of Scientific Method and experience using it

  • In depth knowledge of Design of Experiments (DOE)

  • Ability to work in teams in leadership and subordinate roles.

  • Must be able to work in a clean room environment for extended hours

  • Oversee some of the logistics of the demo lab like: tacky mats, LN2 fill, clean room garments pick up and drop off, miscellaneous supply needs, and occasional delivery or pickup of demo lab parts or wafers

  • Research, create and submit purchase orders for materials and services

  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office software competency




  • Job Related Knowledge Wire training

  • Additional training to handle acids, bases or gases used for dry etching as needed




  • Gases (toxic and non-toxic) and handling of wet chemicals for sample preparation and analysis such as dilute HF




  • Include any protective equipment that must be worn, e.g., ear protection, safety glasses
  • Clean room attire
  • Safety glasses or equivalent
  • Chemical gear to handle wet chemicals along with hood operation


 Equal Opportunity Employer:

EOE - Female/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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