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Technician Engineering

Phoenix, AZ
September 06, 2018

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Michael Hightower

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Phoenix, AZ



An innovative quality driven professional with excellent analytical / problem-solving skills and ability to assimilate information quickly and accurately. Skilled in macro/micro dimensional validation and verification utilizing micrometers/calipers as well as specialized optical measurement toolsets for sub-micron measurement collection and analysis. Capable of analyzing and presenting large amounts of data to identify trends in quality compliance and SPC. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills amongst diverse groups and all levels within an organization. Proficient with MS Office. Dependable and reliable with strong work ethic and desire to produce the highest quality products and services possible.

Professional Experience

Capstone Precision (Nammo Talley), Mesa AZ Mar 2018 – May 2018

Quality Control Inspector (Temporary/short term)

•Responsible for visual inspection of company’s entire bullet/projectile portfolio to ensure 100% delivery of defect free product.

FM Industries Advanced Coatings, Phoenix AZ Jan 2018 – Mar 2018

Specialty Coatings Technician

•Responsible for supporting production of Lam Research plasma etch chambers specialty coating applications for ESC’s and etch chambers.

•Support all aspects of anodizing and Yttrium coatings and CNC tooling for Lam Research as well as other semiconductor capital equipment companies.

Medtronics, Tempe AZ May 2017 – Sept 2017

Process/Engineering Technician

•Process development of LINQ II implant device.

•Primary responsibity was developing titanium battery grinding process in order to apply sapphire cover containing nitride antennae and encasing micro electronic components within the battery cavity.

•Metrology and data compilation of all device development.

Compound Photonics, Phoenix AZ May 2014 – Sept 2016


•Primary Process Technician for Photolithography and wafer bonding, supported other areas as needed.

•High resolution microscopy image and defect collection and categorization.

•Develop and process wafer level assemblies of micro-displays.

•Conduct experiments, DOE’s to troubleshoot and identify obstacles to high volume manufacturing of LCoS technology.

•Test reliability and EOL of potential design candidate devices.

•Collaborate across all departments to understand gains and limitations of manufacturing capabilities.

•Research equipment for potential in volume manufacturing.

•Primary Engineering support for Photolithography, Wet/Dry Etch and wafer bonding.

A & A Electronic Assembly, Lake Havasu City, AZ Oct 2013 – May 2014


•Assemble and solder micro components onto printed circuit boards to meet IPC J-STD compliances.

•Skilled in soldering of RoHS required components on PCB’s

•Verify correct placement of machine placed devices.

•Quality control inspection of completed PCB’s.

Cabot Superior MicroPowders, Albuquerque, NM Jan 2011 – Oct 2012


•Manufactured developmental lithium ion battery electrodes as well as prepare and process powders and pastes for battery fabrication.

•Supported Hydrogen and Methanol fuel cell research and development in conjunction with lithium ion and lead acid battery research.

•Perform laboratory analysis of particles, dispersions and formulations using pH meters, rheometer, viscometer as well as TGA, XRD, BET surface area and La Raman crystallinity. Experienced using LIMS/WINLIMS data acquisition and tracking system.

•Developed a total management and inventory system for sampling conductive powders to global customers.

•Learned the fundamentals of several particle manufacturing reactors such as Spray conversion and Flame Spray Pyrolysis.

Emcore Corporation, Albuquerque, NM May 2008 – Aug 2009

ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN III (semiconductor optical devices)

•Supported production operators with technical assistance in order to maintain an efficient production flow.

•Created and controlled work instructions and implemented engineering change requests.

•Disposition non-conforming product and collected data for statistical process control.

•Characterize new processes and develop processes for new product designs.

•Capable of creating and modifying recipes for automated processes including auto defect (final) inspect on August tools.

•Manual high resolution Microscope inspection enhanced with Nomarski optics.

•Utilized Workstream Operations for SPC and lot tracking as well as Mesa and other custom data/tracking interfaces.

•Proficient with a myriad of metrology tools for goniometry, ellipsometry, thin film thickness/RI, Nanoline, Nanospec, Filmetrics, Dektak, etc.

Sandia National Laboratories, (ASAP contractor) Albuquerque, NM Feb 2005 – Aug 2007


•Project 1: Developed and improved manufacturability of Radiation Hard AlGaAs/GaAs Pnp Heterojunction bipolar transistors for weapon and nuclear warhead applications for NNSA/DOE.

Co-Author of Improved Manufacturability of AlGaAs/GaAs Pnp Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors which was presented at the 211th Electrochemical Society presentations and awards convention.

Received the 2005 National Nuclear Security Administration’s Defense Programs Award of Excellence for the fast-turn development of high-voltage InGaP/GaAs heterojunction bipolar transistors for the W80-3 Warhead 1A0314 Firing Set Component.

•Project 2: Development and fabrication of Micropower systems for use in various defense programs using Thermal photovoltaic heat collection from radioisotopes. HIP (Heat into Power) and RIMS (Radio Isotope Micropower Systems).

Emcore Corporation, Albuquerque, NM Feb 2002 – Feb 2005


•Responsible for the development and fabrication of prototype micro optical devices to meet a constantly changing market demand.

•Provided technical consulting to Production Engineering upon release of new products.

•Proficient with the use of multiple types of microelectronics processing, metrology, and testing equipment. Experienced with high speed optical test and analysis equipment.

Emcore Corporation, Albuquerque, NM Feb 2001 – Feb 2002


•Supported production operators with technical assistance in order to maintain an efficient production flow.

•Created and controlled work instructions and implemented engineering change requests.

•Disposition non-conforming product and collected data for statistical process control.

Philips Semiconductors, Albuquerque, NM Jun 1997 – Feb 2001


•Qualified in wet and dry etch processing of integrated circuits on 100mm, 150mm, 200mm wafers and all support, measurement/metrology equipment.

•Assisted engineering department in data collection, specification revisions, process development, and special test requests.


•Ensured that the etch area had up-to-date training plans.

•Ensured that specifications and established processes and procedures were followed.

•Conducted area orientations.

•Trained area members on equipment and completed qualification process.

•Assisted in the development / revision of equipment training materials.

•Collected and reported on data to identify barriers to training success.

Pueblo Homes, Bosque Farms, NM Oct 1996 – May 2006


•Manufacturer’s preferred sales center of manufactured homes. Received the President’s Award for sales in excess of $4M annually from 1998-2005.

•Managed sales staff as well as follow up with customers upon delivery of homes.

•Worked with manufacturers to develop incentive programs to pass on more savings to the customer.

•Sourced reliable contractors for delivery and final set-up.

•Organized marketing and sales campaigns as market demands required.


1989-1992 University of New Mexico, (UNM)

1988-1989 Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (TVI)

1983-1987 Los Lunas High School

Job Training/Workshops:

Chemical Safety Cleanroom Disciplines

Behavioral Interviewing PTI IC Design

Statistical Process Control Quality Documentation

Problem Solving Positive Communication

Back Injury Protection Influencing Skills

Train the Trainer Process Engineering

Workstream Operations Quality Systems

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