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Sr. Failure Analysis Technician

Irvine, CA
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About Us

Menlo Micro has reinvented one of the most fundamental building blocks of electronic systems – the electronic switch. Menlo Micro’s technology creates a new switch category that eliminates compromises and tradeoffs by combining the benefits of electromechanical and solid-state switches into the best of both worlds with its “Ideal Switch.”

Are you interested in playing a critical, impactful role and work with top electronic systems talent at an exciting startup backed by industry leaders? Do you want to help create truly disruptive and unique products that have the ability to change markets? If you answered yes to both, this may be your opportunity to have a significant impact at a cutting-edge startup with industry-leading technology that will drive electronic systems innovation across a diverse range of industries.

Role Summary and Purpose

Reporting to the VP Quality and Reliability, you will drive issue resolution from root cause analysis to countermeasure implementation on Menlo Microelectronics MEMS components. Use analytical tools and techniques including electrical debug, X-Ray, Microscopic inspection, cross sectioning, thermography, and functional testing. Design experiments to test theories and execute. Interface with engineers and suppliers to drive resolution to the problems you have identified. Support design reviews and DFMEAs with prior failure experience.

As part of your duties, you will:

  • Conduct Failure analysis with in-house tools and outside labs on parts during development and any customer returns
  • Perform optical imaging, curve tracing, electrical bench verification and characterization of failures, X-Ray analysis, SAT/CSAM analysis as part of the initial failure analysis process
  • Conduct layer by layer deprocessing through parallel lapping and SEM to localize the failure mechanism
  • Operate and maintain sample preparation equipment and FA tools
  • Development of new processes, procedures, and techniques to improve analytical capability, overcome challenges and drive continuous improvement
  • Document and present the findings to the engineering teams
  • Interface with R&D, NPI engineering, Operations and Applications
  • Recommend FA tools to purchase and set them up
  • Be a self-starter

Qualifications and Requirements

  • The Sr. Failure Analysis Technician is responsible for conducting Failure Analysis of parts during development and customer returns.
  • This role requires a strong mix of technical skills to work on disruptive RF solutions developed with Menlo’s proprietary Ideal Switch technology, as well as interpersonal skills to work extensively with Sales and customers to support business growth.
  • To be a strong fit for the role of Sr. Failure Analysis Technician, you will have the following core competencies and characteristics:
  • Strong demonstrable experience with electrical test equipment: Power Supplies, Multimeter, Oscilloscopes, and other common equipment
  • Extensive experience with hand tools, basic power tools, soldering, and instrumentation
  • Extremely proficient at reading schematics and troubleshooting analog and digital circuits
  • Familiarity with basic failure analysis techniques including 2D and 3D X-Ray, Cross Sectioning, SEM, EDS, Probing, and FLIR Thermography
  • CAD experience a strong plus
  • Associate Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, 5+ years of relevant experience preferred
  • RF/Microwave experience
  • Strong understanding of RF/Microwave components & applications
  • Strong communication skills including storytelling with PowerPoint, data crunching with Excel
  • Proven ability to influence cross-functional teams without formal authority
  • Willingness to travel locally
  • Self-motivated with strong drive to achieve business objectives
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well within a small team environment.
  • Skill filling multiple roles as required in a small but growing start-up environment.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience
  • Good organization skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities to meet goals in a fast-paced environment.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residence for ITAR compliance / security clearance.

Ground-floor opportunity:

The role of Sr. Failure Analysis Technician is critical to our success. You will join us on the ground-floor, helping to drive our roadmap that will generate the bulk of Menlo’s revenue over the next 2-5 years! This is your opportunity to be part of a tremendous business opportunity, and as we grow, you can grow along with us, building a career that will last over the long-haul.

Impact the roadmap:

We’re not looking at our technology simply as a commodity replacement for other RF switches. To the contrary. We’re highly focused on system-level value proposition and disruptive architectures.  As a result, we are seeking a candidate with strong systems background, who understands the market trends, who wants to work on the cutting-edge and disrupt traditional industry norms. You will have influence across the entire product lifecycle from understanding client needs and suggesting and designing solutions, to working with engineering and the supply chain to deliver those solutions. You will be a key influencer each step of the way and help influence future products.

Ground-breaking technology:

Born out of a decade-long effort at General Electric's Global Research Center, Menlo Micro is bringing to the market a series of technology innovations that have enabled us to reinvent one of the most essential and fundamental building blocks required for nearly every electronic system imaginable....the switch.

Top talent:

We've already said it, but it's worth repeating. You will work with top industry talent -- highly experienced leaders with decades of combined experience and wins ranging from past startup success to success at major corporations. All or our leaders bring tremendous skill and a proven track record of success, ranging from important journal publications to a plethora of patents to business and leadership successes, both domestic and international, and more. You will add your own strong skills to that talent, and also have plenty of opportunities to learn and further develop your skills.

Enormous growth potential:

Unlike most startups, we have a decade of research behind us and the backing of > $32 million to get us started. We already have clients ranging from test and measurement to wireless power-charging to aerospace and defense to medical instrumentation. In fact, we're already so far along that we've already built out our supply chain team and we have achieved our ISO9001:2015 certification in only 18 months of operations! In other words, you will enjoy the entrepreneurial atmosphere of a high-potential startup without worrying about the usual startup risks.

Excellent compensation:

Unlike other startups, we offer competitive compensation and a fully faceted benefits plan, including incentives, a range of company paid insurances, paid time off and more.

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