Failure Analysis Engineer

Knowles Corporation Itasca , IL 60143

Posted 2 months ago

Job Description:

Title: Failure Analysis Engineer

Department: Quality - Mobile Consumer Electronics

Location:Itasca, Illinois


Founded in 1946, Knowles Corporation (NYSE: KN) is a market leader and global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic solutions and specialty components serving the mobile communications, consumer electronics, medical technology, military, aerospace and industrial markets. Knowles has a leading position in micro-electro-mechanical systems microphones, speakers and receivers which are used in smartphones, tablets and mobile handsets. Knowles is also a leading manufacturer of transducers used in hearing aids and other medical devices and has a strong position in oscillators (timing devices) and capacitor components which enable various types of communication. Knowles' focus on the customer, combined with unique technology, rigorous testing and global scale, helps to deliver innovative solutions and consistently dependable and precise products. Headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, Knowles has more than 7,000 employees in 30 locations around the world. For more information, visit


  • Under limited supervision leads failure analysis activities related to the design, manufacture, and reliability of subminiature microphones and receivers.

  • Supports new product introductions as well as sustaining mass production models.

  • Must be comfortable analyzing all factors of complex problems and presenting concise results to all levels of audiences.

  • Assignments are varied and require a results-driven approach, must be driven to investigate root cause of failures and work in team environment to determine corrective actions.

  • Candidate must be detail-oriented and willing to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Assist with "change implementation" and the objective to transition the organization from a reactive to a proactive culture to better meet internal and external customer requirements.

  • Interact with functional groups at all levels (manufacturing, sales, marketing, etc.), to address and resolve critical product and customer issues.

  • Actively seek out and utilize technical expertise from within the company and from outside sources to assist in problem solving.

  • Develop new Failure Analysis procedures and tools then proliferate to the global Failure Analysis team for alignment

  • Determine how appropriate test screens should be implemented based on physical failure mechanism and data analysis.

  • Prepare technical reports.

  • Communicate suggestions to appropriate R&D, Test Development, Manufacturing, or management team in an effective and appropriate manner.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical(with strong Electronics knowledge), Electrical Engineering or equivalent.

  • Strong technical background in mechanics, materials, acoustics, or electronic packaging preferred.

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in electronic components or assemblies.

  • High level analytical and problem-solving abilities are a must.

  • Ability to travel internationally is required.

  • Familiarity with Audio Analyzers, Minitab, IC micro-probing and analysis techniques such as SEM, EDX, Raman, TOF-SIMS, FTIR, AFM, XPS, and FIB is a plus.

  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Software skills including MS Office, Excel, statistical analysis and graphing are required.


Reports to the Global Reliability Lab Manager


Revised: Feb 2020

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