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Senior Technical Specialist (MAD-EJ-OR)

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Location: Pleasanton, California, United States
Job ID: R0010241
Date Posted: Sep 5, 2022
Segment: Smart Life
Business Unit: Hitachi High-Technologies
Company Name: Hitachi High-Tech America, Inc.
Profession (Job Category): Engineering & Science
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:  Hitachi High-Tech America, Inc. (“HTA”) requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  All new hires will be required to provide proof of their vaccination status prior to their start date and will need to receive the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on or before January 4, 2022, or no later than two weeks prior to their start date with HTA, unless they request and receive a medical or religious accommodation.

Remote Working:  Onsite 90% / Remote 10%

COMPANY:      Hitachi High-Tech America, Inc. (HTA)

DIVISION:         Metrology and Analysis Systems Division (MAD)

POSITION:        Senior Technical Specialist

TRAVEL:            Up to 25% (domestically and internationally)


The Senior Technical Specialist (STS) is responsible for documentation, training, expertise, and guidance as applied to the instrument base that is assigned within the service organization.  The STS role works closely with other Technical Specialists and New Products Engineers to transition new products to field operations.  The STS can expect to travel to Japan to learn new instruments introduced by the factory, support the development of training and service documentation, support implementation of field service projects related to the equipment, and ultimately interface with the factory on all problems or issues with regard to the assigned equipment. 

Although the STS reports into a Service Manager, they also work closely with Hitachi High-Tech America, Inc. (HTA) and Hitachi High-Tech (HHT) technical departments and the national service organization as a whole.  HTA’s management team will establish plans and priorities for STS engineers to follow which could include temporary reassignment to the Product Support/Technical Support Group as necessary to accomplish divisional or department objectives.


  • Interface with on-site service engineers in the troubleshooting and resolution of more complex problems requiring advanced levels of knowledge and experience
  • Provide local support to customers in his/her area as necessary and decided by their management
  • Work with NPI Engineers as necessary
  • Conduct ongoing on-the-job (OJT) and classroom training, as required
  • Act as a lead engineer in the first-time installation of newly introduced instruments, ensuring that proper techniques and procedures are passed to the local service personnel installing the instruments
  • Supply proper communications and reports to the factory design group regarding problems and issues seen by the HTA Service Department
  • Maintain the highest possible technical knowledge level for the assigned instruments
  • Work weekends, nights, or other shifts as assigned required to meet customer or company business requirements
  • Travel domestically and overseas, as necessary to perform position responsibilities
  • Work with multifunctional groups towards completion of a common goal
  • Participate in the administration of the service department by working with special assignments that require technical input.  (i.e. spare parts selection, training programs, service procedures, etc.)
  • Maintain appropriate records of all work performed and training received
  • Comply and adhere to company policies
  • Complete assigned OJT, with the goal of process certification
  • Manage and maintain any traveling inventory according to department policy and procedure
  • Protect and maintain company property.  (i.e. traveling inventory, company car, test equipment, tools, computers, etc.)
  • Provide preventive maintenance and emergency service on the equipment within the assigned territory or assigned customer
  • Set and keep appropriate schedules for service on the assigned equipment
  • Install and test the assigned equipment at the customer site
  • Train less experienced engineers via OJT and classroom training
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • AS degree in electronics or relevant field (BS degree in Electronics Engineering or relevant field preferred)
  • BSEET (or equivalent) certification – or - ASEET (or equivalent) certification plus two additional years of related experience beyond required experience listed below


  • One (1) year of experience as a Technical Specialist at HTA
  • Five (5) years of direct field service experience at HTA
  • Knowledge of analog and digital circuitry as applied to our equipment
  • Experience using digital volt meters, oscilloscopes, hand tools, and computers
  • Basic understanding of Physics and Chemistry
  • Experience disassembling and assembling intricate parts as related to selected instruments
  • Knowledge of analog and digital circuitry as applied to our equipment
  • Requires equipment specific operational skills
  • Requires experience disassembling and assembling intricate parts
  • 20% average international and domestic travel


  • Strong work ethic (timely, prepared, punctual, etc.)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate information to customers and manager regarding service activities and schedules
  • Ability to work without instructions
  • Ability to complete system installation including Advanced Customer Training
  • Ability to provide Room Surveys
  • Ability to provide technical supervision and guidance to other Field Service Engineers
  • Ability to supervise the work schedule of other Field Service Engineers
  • Ability to communicate with peer engineers and factory personnel to solve extremely complex service calls
  • Ability to solve extremely complex problems utilizing independent actions and a high degree of initiative
  • Ability to prepare documentation for OJT or classroom training
  • Ability to work on assignments that are complex utilizing considerable judgment and initiative
  • Ability to give training classes or OJT on complex system theory to both field service engineers and customers
  • Ability to work from schematics using various test equipment and mathematical calculations specific to electronics is required
  • Ability to effectively interface with customers, both internal and external
  • Solid electronics and mechanical skills are required
  • Ability to train less experienced engineers in OJT and classroom environments
  • Ability to perform new support functions as assigned
  • Ability to fill the role of a leader in the department
  • Must have and retain valid driver’s license in resident State.  Must be insurable by our insurance carrier
  • Must be eligible for and receive company credit card
  • Portray professionalism and pride in appearance while conforming to company dress policy
  • Complete assigned formal training with a grade of 70 or more on all tests

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)-Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to [email protected]

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