Santa Clara, California

The Robotics Design Engineer function typically: is design engineering authority (DEA) for sub-modules of complex robots and/or automation systems. S/he determines hardware and software specifications, performs detailed design, and also defines working parameters for hardware/software compatibility. Specifies, coordinates, and resolves interface issues between these various automation modules and subsystems such as material handling robotics, loadlocks, process chambers, etc.

This intermediate position develops and executes hardware automation design projects of difficult scope under general direction. The job function involves designing the automation modules as per specifications for complex processing equipment - such as physical parameters, operating characteristics, scenarios and metrics, as well as determining performance parameters The primary focus of the position is to support automation system engineering projects having a substantial mix of electrical/mechanical/software design, insure that new designs meets the MRS, and assist in creating or provide feedback on part of the system engineering specification relating specifically to the automation models and subsystems

Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise. Interprets internal or external business issues and recommends best practices. Solves complex problems; takes a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions. Works independently, with guidance in only the most complex situations. May lead functional teams or projects.

Key Responsibilities
  • Technically lead and/or execute engineering projects, including development of key suppliers.
  • Support automation system engineering projects that have a substantial mix of electrical, mechanical, and software design, and understand the underlying system implications.
  • Problem identification and troubleshooting a wide range of complex mechanical problems, including operability, serviceability and manufacturability, with limited to no supervision.
  • Specify the development of, design, or modify engineering layouts/schematics and/or detailed drawings/specifications of complex scope.
  • May c omplete detailed designs of components such as material handling robots and mechanisms, substrate transfer andstorage modules, as well as electrical subsystems required to operate and control them.
  • Interface with internal and external customers regarding wide range of complex mechanical issues for specific project Implements concepts for range of complex product issues and solutions.
  • May be responsible for the design, development and implementation of custom mechanical tooling, fixturing, and associated processes to enable the handling, assembly and/or disassembly of parts, components, sub-assemblies and final assemblies throughout the product life cycle.
  • Establishes standards across all operational processes.
  • Serves as technical expert on specialized projects or programs
  • Generate product specifications.
  • Perform and coordinate tests as per internal as well as industry-accepted reliability specifications.
  • Make suitable design or operational changes as required
  • Define, coordinate, perform, and generate engineering test reports.
  • Conduct detailed engineering analysis of robotic subsystems using knowledge of kinematics, dynamics, mechanism design and synthesis.
  • Specify and review engineering documentation.
  • Specify or perform engineering analysis of complex scope with limited to no supervision
  • Build and qualify prototypes of new designs, or procure entire subsystems from outsourced suppliers and test for compliance with detailed specifications.
  • Support System Integration of automation modules during the assembly and final testing of new product designs.

Functional Knowledge
  • Demonstrates depth and/or breadth of expertise in own specialized discipline or fieldw ide application of engineering principles, theories and concepts in field plus working knowledge of related disciplines.
  • Knowledge necessary to perform job include: in-depth knowledge of robotics and automation modules such as kinematics, dynamics, mechanism design and motion control, hardware design and prototyping.
  • Detailed knowledge of industry practices related to producing and interpreting part drawings and specifications that are required for production of these components by outside suppliers such as machine shops and contract manufacturers.
  • Working knowledge of electrical engineering design, troubleshooting to component level including proficiency in solving engineering problems using analytical techniques and engineering knowledge employing analog and digital circuitry, power controls, robotics, and possibly Radio Frequency concepts;
  • Thorough knowledge of mechanical engineering analysis and design, mechanics, and material science concepts and techniques, including proficiency in solving engineering problems using analytical techniques and engineering knowledge such as thermodynamics, measurement control, heat transfer, stress analysis, Finite Element Analysis, or system integration; general knowledge of software engineering concepts and techniques; JIRA experience, working knowledge of CAD tools; Siemens Nx Unigraphics, MATLAB, ANSYS, Excel, and basic knowledge of appropriate materials, components and technologies used in the semiconductor equipment industry.

Business Expertise

Interprets internal/external business challenges and recommends best practices to improve products, processes or services


May lead functional teams or projects with moderate resource requirements, risk, and/or complexity. Be a great team player, mentor, and coach to other junior engineers

Problem Solving

Leads others to solve complex problems; uses sophisticated analytical thought to exercise judgment and identify innovative solutions


Impacts the achievement of customer, operational, project or service objectives; work is guided by functional policies

Interpersonal Skills

Communicates difficult concepts and negotiates with others to adopt a different point of view. S kills and abilities to perform job include: strong analytical skills; strong oral and written communication skills including specification development; strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills; very computer literate; detail orientated; exercises mature judgment; ability to work in a team; ability to work independently; ability to influence other people; ability to act as mentor; and ability to determine production worthiness for projects.

Travel % - 10%



Bachelor's Degree




Years of Experience:

4 - 7 Years

Work Experience:

Additional Information


Yes, 10% of the Time

Relocation Eligible:


Applied Materials is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Santa Clara, California

A global leader in the nanomanufacturing technology solutions for the electronics industry, Applied Materials is built on the strength of talented people. We offer a wide variety of job opportunities for experienced professionals and recent college students/graduates that will capitalize on your current skills while broadening your experience and engaging you in a dynamic, fast-changing industry.

Here, you will work in community to achieve a common goal and encounter exciting new challenges every day. Our company is continually evolving: implementing innovations to make semiconductors more portable, powerful, and affordable than ever before.

Employee Benefits:

  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Life Insurance
  • Paternity Leave
  • Custom Work Station
  • Disability Insurance
  • Gym/ Wellness Reimbursement
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Maternity Leave
  • Paid Time Off
  • Sick Leave
  • On Site Gym/ Fitness Classes, Clinic (Site Dependent) 

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