Sr. Principal Manufacturing Equipment Engineer

7005 Southfront Rd
Livermore, CA 94551
United States


Job Description

FormFactor, Inc.

Livermore, CA


We live in a mobile driven world where technology is constantly improving. Semiconductor manufacturers need a partner as they pioneer and drive the most advanced integrated circuits (ICs) ever made. FormFactor is the world’s leading supplier of probe cards used to test the ICs that power the majority of smart phones and tablets on the planet, as well as electronic systems used in computing, consumer, automotive and other applications. We are a big company with a small time feel. Working at FormFactor gives you the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology, have a direct influence on next generation products hitting the market and drive the overall growth and development of the semiconductor industry. 


We are a fast-paced, growing company where each employee contributes to our culture of integrity, innovation, and teamwork. We are looking for enthusiastic, talented individuals who can thrive in a changing and challenging environment.  


The Senior Principal Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for the development, implementation, ramp, and continuous improvement of various advanced electromechanical processes used to assemble and test probe cards. As an assembly and test process engineer, you will lead efforts in developing, optimizing, and analyzing assembly and test processes.

This engineer will look inside and outside of our current process and practices and initiate potential projects based on new technology. Interacting with current and potential tooling vendors, the candidate will look for beneficial opportunities to integrate new hardware in an effort to improve quality and/or reduce the cost of test processes.

A successful candidate is expected to demonstrate aspects of engineering process ownership/ingenuity of test, as well as debug, troubleshoot, and test methodology road-mapping + implementation to ensure test coverage of increasingly complicated products.



Create assembly recipe and process, provide production support and monitor process health

Interface with design Engineering to implement design for testability and manufacturability

Interface with internal groups to generate overall assembly and test methodology

Manage the qualification of new processes, metrology and equipment

Interface with end users on training and maintenance of equipment

Develop and implement assembly process procedures and protocols, and train operations on new procedures

Provide statistical analysis and analytical reporting of manufacturing processes

Demonstrated capability in SPC and tool monitoring

Comfortable with hand dis/assembly of delicate, precision mechanical components



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

BS Industrial or Mechanical Engineering, or other relevant technical discipline. Master’s Degree Preferred.

Minimum of 7 years’ experience in a semiconductor manufacturing environment

Proven track record of developing and deploying creative and practical process solutions for high-volume manufacturing

Hands-on experience with process, and hardware development required for advanced electrochemical processes.

Demonstrated experience setting up and sustaining electromechanical equipment, processes, and various metrology methods associated with the control and monitor of such processes.

Proven ability to analyze and make meaningful inferences from large and sometimes incomplete data.

Visual Basic (VBA) experience preferred

Experience in factory automation and metrology preferred

Strong debug/troubleshooting skills of general electronics and interconnects, probe cards a plus

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Capability to adapt to the company’s changing needs and priorities and be a self-motivated team player.

Willingness to take responsibility and ownership to aggressively focus on problems individually or part of a larger team


FormFactor is committed to providing a work environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and are committed to compliance with all Federal, State, and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, sex (including breastfeeding and related conditions), gender (including gender identity and gender expression), national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, registered domestic partner status, medical condition, military or veteran status, genetic characteristics or information, or any other legally protected characteristic. These protections extend to all employment and management decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations, and all other terms and conditions of employment.