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Fialure Analysis Engineer

at Pliant Technology in Milpitas, CA   —   Mar 25, 2014   |  
Overview
Pliant is a fantastic opportunity for someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who wants to be at the frontier of an exciting paradigm changing technology product. We are defining the new cutting edge for Enterprise Storage and there's so much opportunity that you're guaranteed to contribute to significant and important projects! Backed by strong VC funding, we offer the creativity and freedom of a startup with leadership from successful industry veterans.
Responsibilities
Perform root-cause failure analysis on Pliant EFD failures from DVT, reliability testing, and customer returns, with support from other failure analysis dept. resources including a failure analysis technician.
Determine containment and corrective actions, with a focus on driving corrective actions through development engineering and/or process engineering.
Collaborate with engineering on developing improved F/A tools and enhanced firmware trace capabilities and diagnostics to increase F/A efficiency.
Track outstanding F/A requests and activities, and collaborate with engineering and other stakeholders to ensure timely closure of outstanding F/A issues.
Generate 8D reports and deliver to the customer in a timely manner.
Continually monitor component failure paretos from manufacturing as well as from customers for new failure modes, and to ensure the effectiveness of corrective actions for known failures.
Develop expertise in NAND Flash failure modes, and work with Test Engineering to develop tests for these failure modes, and work with Pliant engineering on methods to design in robustness for these failure modes in Pliant designs.
Experience
10 years plus
Skills
B.S.E.E, with M.S.E.E preferred.
Minimum of 10 years experience in HDD failure analysis.
Experience with SAS or other serial interfaces required.
Experience with signal integrity analysis tools and techniques desired.
Working knowledge of HDD firmware architecture.
Experience with NAND Flash failure modes highly desirable.
Knowledgeable of the PCB assembly process.
Working knowledge of SPC and statistical analysis techniques (six-sigma experience is beneficial).
Experience with reliability concepts: MTBF, FIT, temperature acceleration.
Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
Education
Advanced Degree Preferred
Compensation
Competitive
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