Principal Equipment Engineer
Posted on 2/28/2024
Western Digital

10,001+ employees

Disk drive & data storage manufacturer
Company Overview
Western Digital’s mission is to be at the cusp of innovation and to push the boundaries of innovation to make what you think was once impossible, possible. The company has been at the forefront of innovation with the first hard drives and now continues to work on advancements in 3D NAND along with their reliable data solutions business.
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San Jose, California

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Fremont, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Hardware Engineering
  • B.S. in electrical, mechanical, or related Engineering or physical science
  • 8+ years of experience with B.S. degree, 6+ years with M.S. degree, or 10+ years with Technical Training
  • Experience with Thin Film process equipment and Reactive Ion Etch (RIE) technology
  • Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Project management and people skills
  • Proficiency in JMP, MS Excel, Project, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Specification, project management, design review, and qualification testing of new tools
  • Collaboration with Process Engineering, Maintenance, vendors, and other teams to define, improve, and monitor equipment reliability, throughput, and process capability
  • Defining, deploying, monitoring, and improving Preventive Maintenance specifications, EDCSPC on tool parameters, bill of material, and spare parts requirement
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and investigating equipment related scraps and providing root cause analysis and effective corrective actions
  • Leading or being an active team member to drive continuous improvement programs to improve equipment performance and reliability
  • Providing accurate and detailed documentation for facility, maintenance, stores, and process owners
  • Training in basic and advanced maintenance and troubleshooting skills along with established best maintenance and safe practices
  • Practicing gage R&R on critical equipment and consumable related measurements
  • Monitoring and following through for continuous improvement opportunities across all shifts
  • Defining and reviewing regularly the minimum (reorder) and maximum spares quantities on critical and long lead items
  • Working with store and vendor to ensure in-coming parts meet form, fit, functional, and other quality requirements
  • Establishing, reviewing regularly, and responding to SPC out of control situation for equipment parameters
  • Driving tool matching and yield improvement through design and engineering improvements
  • Observing for learning and improvement opportunities across all functions
  • Keeping track and learning the applicable new equipment and process technologies for potential wafer fab applications and implementations
Desired Qualifications
  • M.S. degree in electrical, mechanical, or related Engineering or physical science
  • Experience with CAD and geometric tolerance