Failure Analysis Engineer I- Entry Level

  • Microchip Technology Inc.
  • Colorado Springs, CO, USA
  • Jan 03, 2019
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  • Failure Analysis Engineers perform root cause analysis of devices as submitted by Yield Enhancement, Product, Customer Quality, Reliability, Design or Process Engineering.  These analyses efforts usually will involve electrical characterization and localization of the failure, physical analysis to determine the exact correctible cause whenever necessary, and communication of results in both written and oral form. 


  • Failure Verification using discreet power supplies or current meters, curve tracers, or test systems.
  •  Fault isolation using liquid crystal thermography, emission microscopy, OBIRCH, and/or device microprobing and deductive fault tracking.
  • Layout and schematic review to understand transistor level realization of suspect circuits/devices.
  • Theorize possible failure cause(s) and devise tests (physical or electrical) to test and prove or disprove the possible cause(s).
  •  Perform or direct physical analysis to show failure cause.Report findings to cognizant engineer(s) and work with these people to assure effective corrective action whenever feasible.   


  • Failure Analysis Engineer I will function mostly in an individual contributor capacity. However, occasionally he/she may need to direct the activities of a fellow FA Technician if that technician possesses the specialized expertise needed to perform some task.     

Job Requirements 


  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   
  • Device physics understanding of circuit elements to include transistors, diodes, capacitors and resistors 
  • Knowledge of electrical circuits               
  • Overall basic knowledge of IC layout and design               
  • Knowledge of C and/or C++ programming language               
  • Strong problem solving skills                 
  • Patience                   
  • Good manual dexterity                 
  • Good visual ability to allow close comparison of very similar features.   

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE  - Education: requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science.  Electrical Engineering, Physics, or Engineering Physics are preferred, but other disciplines which expose the individual to electrical engineering and/or device physics courses are acceptable (e.g. Metallurgical Engineering/Materials Science). 

LANGUAGE SKILLS LEVEL:  - Must be able to communicate very effectively both orally and in writing.This means being able to: understand and evaluate failure conditions, present failure analysis findings clearly, and build logical arguments to explain failure cause based on findings.   
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS LEVEL - Comfortable and competent with all algebraic concepts as well as any precursors to algebra. Exposed to calculus and differential equations. Comfortable with trigonometry 
REASONING ABILITY - Ability to reach sound conclusions based on logical reasoning. Ability to theorize about failure cause and then devise tests to test this theory are critical.  Implied in this is the ability to recognize when data does or does not support a theory so that the analysis can proceed to a solid conclusion rapidly. 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS - Good manual dexterity - Good visual acuity.  Requires use of optical microscopes and various beam-based systems (e.g. Scanning Electron Microscope) where images are displayed on a screen. 
WORK ENVIRONMENT  - Indoors, with time split between office-like environment, a chemical lab using various concentrated acids and bases, and an electrical lab using different FA tools 

Internal candidates must be in their current role for at least 1 year, and be in good standing. 

 Equal Opportunity Employer

Microchip is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer of Disabled / Veterans / Minorities / Women. We provide equal employment and affirmative action opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected under applicable federal, state or local laws.

For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to the EEO is the Law Poster and the EEO is the Law Poster Supplement. Please also refer to the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

Applicants with Disabilities

If you need accommodation for any part of the employment process because of a medical condition or disability, please send us an email here with "Applicant Accommodation Request" in the subject line of the email. Alternatively, you may call us at 480-730-7330 to let us know the nature of your request.

Experience level of the applicant we want

Some work experience, Graduate