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Sr. Opto-Mechanical Engineer

KLA Corporation

KLA Corporation

Software Engineering
Milpitas, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024
Base Pay Range: $111,300.00 - $189,200.00 AnnuallyPrimary Location: USA-CA-Milpitas-KLAKLA’s total rewards package for employees may also include participation in performance incentive programs and eligibility for additional benefits identified below. Interns are eligible for some of the benefits identified below. Our pay ranges are determined by role, level, and location. The range displayed above reflects the minimum and maximum pay for this position in the primary location identified in this posting. Actual pay depends on several factors, including location, job-related skills, experience, and relevant education level or training. If applicable, your recruiter can share more about the specific pay range for your preferred location during the hiring process.

Company Overview

KLA is a global leader in diversified electronics for the semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem. Virtually every electronic device in the world is produced using our technologies. No laptop, smartphone, wearable device, voice-controlled gadget, flexible screen, VR device or smart car would have made it into your hands without us. KLA invents systems and solutions for the manufacturing of wafers and reticles, integrated circuits, packaging, printed circuit boards and flat panel displays. The innovative ideas and devices that are advancing humanity all begin with inspiration, research and development. KLA focuses more than average on innovation and we invest 15% of sales back into R&D. Our expert teams of physicists, engineers, data scientists and problem-solvers work together with the world’s leading technology providers to accelerate the delivery of tomorrow’s electronic devices. Life here is exciting and our teams thrive on tackling really hard problems. There is never a dull moment with us.


With over 40 years of semiconductor process control experience, chipmakers around the globe rely on KLA to ensure that their fabs ramp next-generation devices to volume production quickly and cost-effectively. Enabling the movement towards advanced chip design, KLA's Global Products Group (GPG), which is responsible for creating all of KLA’s metrology and inspection products, is looking for the best and the brightest research scientist, software engineers, application development engineers, and senior product technology process engineers. The Surfscan group includes a team of engineers, technology development, apps engineers and product marketing focused on technology that enables wafer, IC and equipment manufacturers to develop, qualify and monitor their process tools. Defects and process non-uniformities detected on Surfscan equipment allow for early identification of yield excursions. The flagship Surfscan products include the SPx platforms for wafer surface quality and wafer defect inspection tools and systems for inspection of polished wafers, epi wafers and engineered substrates during the wafer fabrication process.

Job Description/Preferred Qualifications


  • Design and develop precision opto-mechanical systems, ensuring alignment with project specifications.
  • Lead the integration of optical and mechanical components, conducting thorough testing to ensure performance meets quality standards.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams including optical and system engineers to define requirements, contribute to system architecture, and troubleshoot complex technical issues.
  • Utilize advanced engineering software for 3D modeling, thermal, stress and flow simulation to optimize designs and identify potential improvements.
  • Conduct feasibility studies, cost and schedule analysis. Manage and coordinate prototype fabrication, testing, and validation activities, ensuring adherence to project timelines.
  • Document design processes, specifications, and test results for internal reference and external communication. Generate manufacturing documents for quantity production by a third party.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends and advancements, integrating relevant innovations into opto-mechanical designs.


  • Proven experience in designing and optimizing opto-mechanical systems, with a focus on precision and reliability.
  • Proficiency in CAD software for 3D modeling and simulation.
  • Strong understanding of optical principles and their integration with mechanical systems.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to work in a collaborative, cross-functional environment.
  • In-depth knowledge of materials, manufacturing processes, and testing methodologies relevant to opto-mechanical engineering.
  • Familiarity with industry standards and best practices in optical and mechanical design.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Detail-oriented with a commitment to delivering high-quality work within established timelines.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate (Academic) Degree with no experience, or Master's Level Degree with related experience of 3 years, or Bachelor's Level Degree related experience of 5 years.

The company offers a total rewards package that is competitive and comprehensive including but not limited to the following: medical, dental, vision, life, and other voluntary benefits, 401(K) including company matching, employee stock purchase program (ESPP), student debt assistance, tuition reimbursement program, development and career growth opportunities and programs, financial planning benefits, wellness benefits including an employee assistance program (EAP), paid time off and paid company holidays, and family care and bonding leave.

KLA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other status protected by applicable law. We will ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at talent.acquisition@kla.com to request accommodation.