Process/Near-Line Inspection Engineer

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Posted: Oct 24, 2018
Role Number: 200002952
Do you love working on challenges that no one has solved yet? Do you like changing the game? Envision what you could do here. At Apple, we believe new ideas have a way of becoming extraordinary products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there's no telling what you could accomplish. The thin film group is looking for a near-line inspection engineer who will support materials process engineering. The candidate will have a background in optical characterization, near-line inspection and statistical methods. This position will involve interaction with all aspects of process, test, and validation of advanced materials.

Key Qualifications

  • Deep knowledge in automated optical defect inspection
  • Experience with statistical and data analysis software such as JMP, Python
  • Practical experience in development of near-line quality metrics
  • Experience working with instrument vendors to improve measurement repeatability, tool-to-tool matching and correlation to first principles
  • Collaboration with process engineering team to determine root-cause analysis
  • History of effectively organizing, planning and executing engineering experiments from start to finish
  • Data rigor: experience in statistical analysis methods
  • Statistical analysis and formal problem solving tools (GR&R, DOE, ANOVA, FMEA, RCA, etc.)
  • Understanding of characterization and FA techniques
  • Ability to prioritize and execute on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Good communication, presentation and teamwork skills are essential


Develop optical-based near line inspection to feedback and improve materials processes Establish systems and procedures to quickly identify issues and monitor for excursions Apply failure analysis procedures to identify the failure location and the root causes Own near-line methods and feedback systems; train technicians to execute measurements Develop, run and analyze experiments to improve process

Education & Experience

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field, M.S. preferred

Additional Requirements

  • Travel to suppliers and manufacturing facilities expected.