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Materials Development Engineer

Tempe, Arizona

Job ID CS20223006-85931
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L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.


Job Title: Materials Development Engineer

Job Location: Tempe, AZ

Job Code: CS20223006-85931

Job Description:

L3Harris – Integrated Vision Solutions (IVS) – Tempe, Arizona: Specializing in manufacture of image-intensifier (I2) tubes for applications to a range of night vision products used by military and commercial markets. ETO’s aviator-grade Gen III and Next-Gen night vision tubes are used in weapon sights and goggle systems by governments, warfighters, police units and others that demand the most advanced and reliable image-intensified (I2) systems available.

Performs a variety of engineering work in the development, improvement, and optimization of multiple processes and techniques utilized in the manufacture of I2 tubes, including vacuum deposition of inorganic and metallic films, glass processing, chemical etching and handling, materials analysis, and characterization. The work will include the design and development of new and novel deposition and material management processes as well as the improvement and optimization of current processes and materials targeting increased new image intensifier capabilities, manufacturing yield, and/or reduced variance. Emphasis will be in improvement of component performance, implementing manufacturing best practices, and developing optimized process recipes and methodologies. Success in this role will be measured by the timely new process development and supporting implementation of new processes into production, resulting in cost-savings associated with reduced tool down time, improved component level yield, and/or enhanced product performance.

  • Collaborate with the Engineering Manager and other departmental engineers to coordinate project requirements and communicate current status
  • Charter and lead projects with Engineering Team to improve process capability, reduce cycle time and/or labor cost, as assigned
  • Estimate, negotiate, monitor, and report process development and qualification schedule
  • Create various types of documentation (for use in production) using a variety of tools, including engineering and production review and release. Familiarity with TeamCenter is a plus.
  • Required ability to professionally and effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing.
  • Written - use of multimedia tools for briefings, ability to write procedures and reports. Verbal - ability to provide briefings in small to medium size groups of technicians, engineers and management
  • Conduct research and development activities concerned with the improvement of various materials processes, typically around vacuum deposition of films.
  • Lead and support the design and implementation of novel and improved materials handling and deposition processes.
  • Enhance engineering team understanding of methodology through team collaboration and expertise sharing.
  • Drive reduced process variation supporting proper documentation and publicized statistical process control.
  • Oversee special projects, purchase required materials, assemble and verify operation, and coordinate validation testing in production environment

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and minimum 4 years of prior relevant experience or 2 years post-Secondary/ Associates Degree and a minimum of 8 years of prior related experience. Graduate Degree and a minimum of 2 years of prior related experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Requirement Reviews – Participate in reviews and work with manufacturing, product design and systems engineering to ensure proper implementation of features
  • Develop work instructions for operational use of processing tools and support equipment as needed
  • PhD with academic or industrial experience preferred.
  • In-depth knowledge and application of physics, engineering principles, and concepts associated with various vacuum deposition techniques.
  • Experience in process development of ALD, Sputtering, E-Beam Evaporation, MBE and other vacuum deposition techniques desired.
  • In-depth knowledge of semiconductor and thin-film metrology techniques for vacuum deposition process development and control highly preferred, including: Ellipsometry, ECV, SIMS, Photoluminescence.
  • Lean Manufacturing and/or Six Sigma Green Belt certification desired

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

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