Job Id: 1041

Ceramic Process Engineer

San Carlos, CA

Direct experience in the formulation of conductive paints and in thick-film metallization processes for aluminum oxide (Al2O3) materials, used in high frequency microwave and millimeter wave vacuum electron amplifier products, is needed. Microwave amplifiers are employed in a variety of applications including radar, electronic warfare, and high-speed data communications.


• Manage all manufacturing activities in the paint chemistry and thick-film metallization production area, ensuring that key yield metrics are consistently met
• Communicate requirements and specifications to suppliers of raw and metalized ceramic bodies; identify supplier issues and assist in their resolution
• Ensure that established processes fully support manufacturing requirements; conduct periodic audits to assess the effectiveness of the processes; train operators to ensure that a high level of skill and expertise is effectively maintained
• Design, build, and test new equipment, tools, and fixtures for streamlining and improving manufacturing efficiency in the production area
• Monitor key process parameters and analyze performance data; identify risks and implement corrective actions; spearhead continuous improvement efforts
• Support manufacturing engineering, quality assurance, and material review board (MRB) activities
• Interface with internal customers to understand needs and requirements. Map requirements and expectations to product specifications and manufacturing activities
• As required, source new tools, equipment, and material suppliers to ensure the uninterrupted manufacture and continuous flow of product


• Hands-on industrial experience formulating conductive paints and in the thick-film metallization of aluminum oxide
• Good understanding of pre- and post-metallization processing requirements for raw and metalized aluminum oxide
• Good understanding of modern manufacturing and grinding techniques for ceramics
• Hands-on experience operating and troubleshooting industrial sintering furnaces
• Experience in dye penetrant, transmitted light, and X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) inspection techniques for metalized ceramic bodies
• Experience in viscosity, density, fineness of grind, and drying rate measurement methods for conductive paints
• Familiarity with mechanical testing methods (i.e. lap shear testing, tensile testing, etc.)
• Ability to multi-task and interact effectively with colleagues from various disciplines, as well as customers
• Excellent time management skills
• Excellent verbal, written word, and Microsoft Office skills

• B.S. degree (M.S. preferred) in Ceramic Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, or Chemistry
• US citizenship

Please contact

Robert Bradley

The Photonics Group

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