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Wet Process Plating Process Engineer

Wet Process Plating Process Engineer

Wet Process Plating Process Engineer

Req. 4863 Engineering at  400 Federal Street,  Andover, MA Posted: Feb 25, 2021

Vicor is expanding to vertically integrate core printed circuit board operations.  As such, we are seeking a candidate to assist in establishing the wet process operations (specific knowledge related to electrolytic Cu plating). This role will require that the candidate spend the first 3-4 months offsite at a strategic partner in Charlestown, NH training on the processes and equipment to be run on Vicor product.  The candidate will then be responsible for managing the setup of the equipment and processes back at the Vicor facility located in Andover, MA.


  • Electrolytic Cu plating
    • Spend 3-4 months offsite in NH at the current plating partner learning the existing brightener systems and plating processes used in the fabrication of Vicor product
    • Support the installation of (2) vertical plating lines onsite at the Andover facility
      • Setup and dose initial chemistry
      • Establish dosing protocols
      • Establish plating recipes
      • Qualify each plating bath
    • Manage the daily operation of the plating line post qualification
      • Establish daily production process controls
      • Establish all quality checks
      • Train line technicians on the operation for the vertical cell
  • Specifically responsible for (in each focus area):
    • establishing plating recipes (DC and pulse waveforms)
    • Introducing, testing and qualify new electrolyte solutions
    • Establishing analysis and maintenance frequencies for all process equipment / chemistries
    • Establishing cleaning protocols for all equipment/chemistries
    • Performing R&D to support new materials/technology
    • Supporting triage and working with the Vendor and onsite maintenance teams relative to any equipment down time
    • Establishing SPC and line/chemistry metrics
    • Overseeing and training engineers and line technicians
    • Process and operational efficiency projects

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering or associated discipline
  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years working in a Printed Circuit industry with a focus on electrolytic Cu plating
  • Experience delivering both daily and long term initiatives
  • Experience leading multiple projects in parallel
  • Experience in specifying equipment, qualification testing and equipment acceptance/buyoff procedures
  • Experience with process improvement and/ or new product implementation
  • Troubleshooting chemical and equipment processing interactions
  • Demonstrated capability in applying SPC, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, etc.
  • Solid skills in problem solving, statistics, manufacturing quality, and quality principles
  • Ability to successfully train production personnel
  • Ability to understand, analyze, and resolve complex technical problems
  • Ability to work independently and be effective in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Vicor is an Equal Opportunity employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability. 

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About Vicor

Vicor Corporation designs, manufactures and markets innovative, high performance modular power components, from bricks to semiconductor-centric solutions, to enable customers to efficiently convert and manage power from the wall plug to the point-of-load. Complementing an extensive portfolio of patented innovations in power conversion and power distribution with significant application development expertise, Vicor offers comprehensive product lines addressing a broad range of power conversion and management requirements across all power distribution architectures, including CPA, DPA, IBA, FPA and CBA.  Vicor focuses on solutions for performance-critical applications in the following markets: enterprise and high performance computing, telecommunications and network infrastructure, industrial equipment and automation, vehicles and transportation and aerospace and defense electronics. 

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