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Engineer - Yield Analysis

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Investigates why and how the yield in any manufacturing group is above or below target.


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Working as a yield analysis engineer will involve investigating targets set on the manufacturing line in product engineering and inferring whether or not the yield falls above or below that set standard.

Deciphering reasons for a low or high yield is necessary along with analysing the pass and fail trends in data relating to the manufacturing process flow.  This occupation would rely heavily on the use of statistics and mathematics.

The job also involves examining lots that are held at end-of-line, due to any variation in standard processing.

Yield analysis engineers identify and realise measures for yield improvement by purposely ensuring that a portion of what is being manufactured receive non- standard processing in order to improve quality and yield trends.

Work can involve extended periods of time sitting at a computer with a lot of concentration required.

Employment for low/high yield analysis engineers can be found with manufacturing companies of devices such as laptops, mobile phones, mp3 players and digital cameras.

 

Tasks and Activities

  • Analysing the pass/fail trends of products on the manufacturing line
  • Analysing statistics of different trends on the production line
  • Examining what went wrong in the manufacturing process flow
  • Examining devices that are held at end-of-line production
  • Carrying out split lot analysis to improve yield trends
  • Delegating work appropriately to team members
  • Troubleshooting problems or flaws
  • Contributing to necessary improvements and changes to all process related issues in the production department
  • Writing reports on findings for team members.

 

Knowledge (from similar on Onet)

Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

 

Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

                                                                   

Skills

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.

Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.

 


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It is essential to possess excellent analytical skills and concentration for the type of work that is required.

Effective communication skills are vital as work would be in a team based environment. 

Patience is necessary as you will have to decipher reasons for a low or high yield in the manufacturing process.

An aptitude for statistical methods and tools are highly beneficial alongside good problem solving abilities.

Excellence in critical thinking and dedication are attributes needed to undertake this work.


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A minimum of a Level 8 degree is necessary to pursue a career as a Yield Analysis Engineer, in an area such as electronic engineering or maths.

A background in the STEM disciplines would be best suited to this role. An excellent knowledge of statistics is also of particular importance.

Relevant degree courses are available from a range of universities and IoTs countrywide.

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