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Principal Semiconductor Technician Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

The semiconductor process technician will support the manufacture of thin film transistor backplanes and the resultant devices. This role supports the process engineering function. Set-up semiconductor tools and processes for efficient operation of the manufacturing process. Maintain data integrity for standard and experimental lots. Resolve process problems and improve yield via standard problem solving techniques. Sets up processing equipment and performs minor adjustments to equipment within guidelines. Designs and executes test runs and disseminates results in order to facilitate engineering designs. Works under general supervision. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of three classifications and is distinguished in that it relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required.

Examples of Duties:

  • Performs physical set-up (installation, facilitization, commissioning) of semiconductor processing equipment for thin film transistor (TFT) array fabrication on glass and flexible substrates.
  • Provides technical assistance to process development and engineering personnel as required.
  • Works with process engineers to perform technical tests and experiments for process development, qualification, monitoring and process improvement in the TFT fabrication area.
  • Processes test runs and prepares records, charts and graphs of results for presentation to engineering to identify yield problems or test new products, new processes and/or new materials.
  • Maintains equipment and/or works with internal and external personnel to support efficient and reliable tool operation.
  • Designs, develops, implements, tests, documents and maintains scientific and engineering process applications.
  • Analyzes project specifications and creates project sub-tasks and implementation schedules.
  • Reviews, modifies and rewrites existing processes to optimize it or adapt it to fit new requirements.
  • Maintains equipment and/or works with internal and external personnel to support efficient and reliable tool operation.
  • Monitors, Audits, and provides guidance to line operators.
  • Researches, evaluates, and implements third-party products and vendor applications.
  • Coordinates the activities of others; trains and instructs other personnel; leads, directs, checks and integrates the work of others.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of semiconductor processes including PECVD, lithography, etch, test.
  • Knowledge of word process and spread sheet software.
  • Knowledge of with statistical process control.
  • Knowledge of relevant engineering practices and design methodologies.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, developments and techniques used in systems analysis and applications programming.
  • Skill in communication verbally and in writing.
  • Skill in presenting to small groups.
  • Skill in communicating technical ideas and designs in a positive and professional manner.
  • Skill in performing independent scientific research.
  • Skill in mentoring and leading programming staff.
  • Skill in working effectively in a team environment.
  • Skill in working with systems, identifying process innovation opportunities and define necessary. improvements, manage change, and lead cross functional teams to implement solutions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associates Degree in related field and eight (8) years of related experience in thin film transistor or semiconductor fabrication in a manufacturing or pilot line production environment; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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