• Senior Failure Analysis Engineer

    Requisition ID
    Experience Level
    Senior Level Contributor
    Agriculture & Construction
    Employment Status
    Regular Full-Time
    Location : Location
    Quality Control
  • Overview

    Topcon Positioning Group, headquartered in Livermore, California, USA, designs, manufactures and distributes precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, BIM, mapping and GIS, asset management and mobile control markets.  Learn more about how Topcon Positioning Solutions is disrupting things:


    The Sr. Failure Analysis Engineer will be an integral part of the Reliability team.


    • Perform root-cause analysis for field and production failures. Special focus on analysis of OEM customer product returns (RMAs) for determination of potential impact to warranty costs. 
    • Analyze electronic circuits at system, module, and component level. When appropriate, conduct experiments in an attempt to recreate failures or analyze ‘what if’ scenarios. 
    • When necessary, employ 3rd party analysis labs to provide additional capabilities. Drive interactions with 3rd party labs and coordinate samples as needed. 
    • Perform Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) and/or Fault Tree Analysis as needed for selected cases. 
    • Recommend potential follow-up actions to revise manufacturing processes and/or product designs. 
    • Work with Reliability Engineering team to review individual failure cases and to understand the impact of potential design changes. 
    • Provide feedback to the Product Development team to ensure that lessons learned feed forward into next generation products 
    • Create concise failure analysis reports with exceptional visualizations and present findings to project teams.



    Education & Experience:

    Minimum a Bachelor’s degree in electronics related field and more than 5 years of experience working in a similar job capacity.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 
    • Knowledge and hands on experience with failure analysis and materials characterization techniques such as:
    • Electrical testing and characterization (multimeter, curve tracer, oscilloscope) temperature characterization
    • Optical microscope, real time X-ray, decapsulation, cross sectioning, dye and pry, XRF…etc.)
    • Good familiarity with radio communications and modulations, protocols such as CAN, Ethernet, TCP/IP, UDP, serial, i2C, SPI, USB etc. Ability to write custom applications for tests.
    • Experience working on failure modes of complex electro-mechanical systems
    • Deep understanding of software, firmware, OS, analytical tools and fundamental failure mechanism theories
    • Operation of Thermal/HALT/Environmental Test chambers, data collection equipment
    • Working knowledge of Windows, C++, Visual Basic and LabVIEW
    • Strong team player, detail oriented, proactive, self-driven, and results-oriented
    This position will require little to no travel (domestic or international).



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