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Systems Design Engineer - Metrology

KLA Corporation

KLA Corporation

San Diego, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024
Base Pay Range: $111,700.00 - $189,900.00 AnnuallyPrimary Location: USA-CA-San Diego-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

Filmetrics, a KLA company, is the market leader in 3D optical surface profiling and thin-film thickness measurement systems. Filmetrics products combine innovative hardware solutions with intuitive, easy to use software, tied together with a pioneering online platform. Filmetrics 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.


The Instruments Group is passionate about development of state-of-the-art inspection and metrology equipment used in production and research and development environments. Organization is globally located in US, China, and Singapore. We provide critical cost-effective solutions for power electronics, LED, communications, automotive, data storage, and other related nanoelectronics and materials science applications. We partner with our customers to provide state of the art hardware and software to improve yield and lower overall production costs by supplying world-leading inspection, metrology and review systems. In addition to developing valuable product solutions, the group provides support to customers to achieve performance entitlement through sharing and implementation of application BKMs (Best Known Methods).

Job Description/Preferred Qualifications


Join a fast-paced, diverse team, crafting sophisticated metrology instruments! The hardware development team is a collaborative, multidisciplinary group passionate about crafting groundbreaking metrology products.

The Filmetrics business unit is looking for a motivated Systems Design Engineer to join our team in San Diego! This role you will support a large portfolio of products by driving the design, development and delivery of sophisticated metrology instruments while working with various team members.

  • Be responsible for the technical development of sophisticated systems working with a cross-disciplinary team of engineers.
  • Responsible for system integration, test and characterization. Define system and subsystem specifications.
  • Perform detailed and efficient root cause analysis to problems arise during development and field-escalations.
  • Drive validation and verification activities for the overall product, including system level testing.
  • Work with program managers to build and handle project schedules. Interfaces closely with service, manufacturing, engineering and marketing team to define and optimize system performance and resolve performance issues.


  • A Bachelor’s degree (required), Master’s or advanced degree (desired), in Mechanical Engineering or Systems Engineering (with a Mechanical Engineering focus).
  • A proven understanding of Mechanical, Electrical, Optical, Optomechanical and Software systems and their interactions in the context of sophisticated industrial equipment.
  • A strong background in engineering, or the physical sciences, and proven analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven diagnostic and trouble shooting skills in electronics, mechanics, optics, opto-mechanics, and motion control systems.
  • Ability to drive problem-solving ability through design of experiments and to carry out tests to collect and analyze data.
  • Expertise in Microsoft applications: Excel, PowerPoint, and Word a must.
  • Able to communicate effectively with peers, interdisciplinary engineering groups, customers and suppliers. Able to give effective technical presentations up to the Product Life Cycle (PLC) level.
  • Effectively connect with a broad range of people and cultures across the US, Europe and Asia.
  • Demonstrated experience in statistical process control (SPC).
  • Dedicated individual with keen technical ability, detailed approach, and excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally a plus (~10%).

Nice to Have:

  • Experience with the SolidWorks suit of CAD tools a plus.
  • MS Project and Visio experience a plus.
  • Python experience a plus.

Minimum Qualifications

Typically requires a Bachelors and 5 years of experience and Masters and 3 years or related experience.

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 or at +1-408-352-2808 to request accommodation.