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Manufacturing Apprentice

KLA Corporation

KLA Corporation

Newport, UK
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023

Company Overview

The SPTS division of KLA, designs, manufactures and markets wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor and related industries. SPTS provides industry leading etch and deposition process technologies on a range of single wafer handling platforms. End-market applications include micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), advanced packaging, LED, high speed RF device IC’s and power semiconductors. SPTS is part of KLA Corporation which develops industry-leading equipment and services that enable innovation throughout the electronics industry. We provide advanced process control and process-enabling solutions for manufacturing wafers and reticles, integrated circuits, packaging, printed circuit boards and flat panel displays. In close collaboration with leading customers across the globe, our expert teams of physicists, engineers, data scientists and problem-solvers design solutions that move the world forward.


SPTS wafer processing solutions include market-leading silicon etch, dielectric etch, dry-release etch, PVD, PECVD and molecular vapor deposition (MVD®), available with a range of wafer-handling options applicable to R&D, pilot production, or volume production environments. SPTS is headquartered and has its main manufacturing facility in Newport, UK, with additional manufacturing in Allentown, Pennsylvania. SPTS operates across 19 countries in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, and offers comprehensive service and spare parts support through a worldwide network of service centers and qualified local agents.

Job Description

Want to join a global leading, ground-breaking company that has been recognised by industry leaders! Then look no further! Here at KLA, we invent, develop and manufacture high-tech capital equipment for the global semiconductor markets.

Purpose of the role

We are calling for innovative and curious apprentices to join the 3-year Apprenticeship in our Manufacturing/Operations Department. In this program you will develop your skills in build, test, and decom: you will become familiar with the assembly and final test processes of KLA’ products.

You will be integrated into the Manufacturing Team and continue your development supported by your KLA mentor! As an apprentice you will receive a shift allowance when working an early shift (6am-2pm) and late shift (2pm-10pm) on alternative weeks whilst also attending college one day per week.

As a Manufacturing Apprentice on-the-job training and role responsibilities will include:

  • Mechanical/Electrical assembly, wiring and fault finding in our tools
  • Operation and process engineering
  • Carrying out site maintenance and cleanroom support.
  • Leading and assisting with continuous improvement projects
  • Successful completion of NVQ log book entries by the required timelines and a BTEC and HNC qualification in Electronics

We are looking for results-oriented individuals who are passionate about learning and developing a successful career within KLA. The successful candidate must:

  • Work to tight timescales
  • Demonstrate problem solving/trouble-shooting skills
  • Be a standout team-member, who is flexible on working as a part of a group, but also on their own initiative
  • Demonstrate good communication capabilities
  • Be computer literate
  • Be self-motivated

What we will offer you?

KLA’s benefits package includes: Annual leave starting at 25 days (plus bank holidays), contributory pension scheme, cash health plan, cycle to work scheme, global bonus plan, share scheme, rewards scheme, life assurance, generous shift allowance and overtime premiums.

Minimum Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • First year of BTEC or similar course in electronics/electrical engineering that allows entry to BTEC year 2 on day release.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Five GCSE’s including Maths, English, & Science at grade C or above.

As part our selection process we are working with a local college in South Wales that will assist with assessments in the recruiting process.

We offer a competitive, family friendly total rewards package. We design our programs to reflect our commitment to an inclusive environment, while ensuring we provide benefits that meet the diverse needs of our employees.

KLA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer