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Mechanical Engineer III - handlers

Poway, CaliforniaPEAK Technical Staffing USA

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Under the general direction of assigned Product Manager or Program Manager, conceptualizes, designs and develops automated semiconductor test equipment.  Designs and builds automated machining and electro-mechanical systems.  Works to improve existing designs and processes or expand capabilities.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities: 

  • Conceptualize, design and develop new automated semiconductor test equipment.
  • Design and build automated machining and electromechanical systems. 
  • Work to improve existing designs and processes or expand capabilities.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional Engineering teams.
  • Interact with sales and customers to define requirements.
  • Perform detailed cost analyses on new products and changes to existing products.
  • Provide project management of existing products, including timelines, schedules, design review, and writing of functional specs.
  • Analyze and find root cause using tools such as FEA, MTBF and FMEA.
  • Write specifications, test plans and reports, prepare timelines and cost estimations. 
  • Prepare assembly drawings, bill of materials and alignment procedures.
  • May research, select and test vendor products.
  • May research and generate solutions for ECP’s and assist in all functions required to generate and process ECN’s.
  • Provide support to engineering lab, manufacturing floor and machine shop as required.

Supervisory Responsibility: 

  • Provides work leadership or technical guidance to lower level employees.


  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from an accredited college or university. 
  • M.S. degree preferred.
  • Minimum of seven years’ experience with an engineering Bachelor’s degree, or four to five years with an engineering Master’s degree. 
  • Experience with machine design or automation for the semiconductor industry a plus – experience with automated test equipment such a pick-in-place a big plus.
  • Requires experience developing equipment that runs in a 24/7 environment.  Experience with complex electro-mechanical systems or machine design highly desirable, along with automation, robotic equipment, computer/machine vision and thermal engineering. 

Skills/Technical Requirements:

  • Knowledge of engineering fundamentals and analytical methods required.
  • Ability to lead and direct product development projects and sustaining engineering product efforts. 
  • Ability to exhibit innovation and think “out of the box”. 
  • Exceptional design skills with a big picture view of product development. 
  • Also requires an understanding of design from a systems engineering perspective.
  • Ability to meet objectives within cost targets. 
  • Experience with designing electro-mechanical parts, subassemblies, gears, racks, mechanisms and movements required. 
  • Familiarity with automation, robotics, aluminum machining, hardened gears, thermal concerns, wear on materials and aging. 
  • Well versed in failure element analysis (FEA), mean time between failure (MTBF) and failure modes and effect analysis (FMEA).
  • Proficiency with SolidWorks/Cosmos (latest release).
  • Practical experience with engineering documentation (i.e. detail drawings, fabrication specifications, Bills of Materials, Engineering Change Orders, etc.) 
  • Requires familiarity with GD&T.
  • Strong analysis and problem solving skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to provide direction and guidance to designers and drafters. 
  • Ability to work independently on projects and interface effectively with other teams members.

Job Conditions/Physical Demands: 

  • Domestic and international travel may be required. 
  • Works in lab environment with constant or intermittent noise.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting at the computer terminal. 
  • Ability to use keyboard.
  • Ability to lift up to 20 lbs, occasional exertion.

Protective Devices Required: 

  • In required areas.

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