Applications Engineer

Robert D. Cathen
4885 Lang Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
(435) 764-7430


Experienced professional with proven expertise in system characterization and process optimization of semiconductor technologies. Demonstrated ability to locate problems and design innovative solutings.

Major strengths include:

• Test Simulation/Verification     • Marketing Analysis
• Optical/Electro-Mechanical Design     • Project Management
• New Product Development     • Customer Training
Technical Skills

•    Wafer Systems: DSW Stepper Model 8500,  XLS System, Perkin-Elmer Auto Alignment System.
•    Photo Masking: Leitz 200-1; 3000 Pattern Generator, Leitz Overlay Comparator (red/green),  TRE Criss Cross.
•    Processes: CMOS as single and double metals layers, NMOS (N-channel), GaAs (gallium arsenide), and Silicon,.
•    Instructor: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard for Hazardous Chemicals, Introduction to BASIC Programming, Lotus 123 and Excel software applications.

RealTime Solutions, Salt Lake City, UT

1988 – Present
Applications Engineer
Conducted performance tests for stepper system equipment. Discovered weaknesses in operational efficiency and recommended solutions.
* Improved the acceptance testing rate by 50%.
* Developed a  step-by-step procedure for documenting the acceptance testing protocols.
* Successfully formulated an automated technical information center improving access time.
* Recruited to develop and conduct technical training for customers.

RealTime Solutions, Salt Lake City, UT

1983 – 1988
Sales Engineer
Selected as the first Sales Engineer. Identified business opportunities in the region. Represented the company at trade shows and seminars.
* Conducted a marketing analysis for the region that identified potential customers.
* Developed and managed 35 customer account plans.

Felix International, Salt Lake City, UT

1974 – 1983
Process Engineer
Organized characterization of stepper systems.
* Initiated a departmental demonstration program.
* Designed a photolithography area that increased production efficiency of usable wafer probe yields.
Other Work Experience

US Army (Heavy Equipment Maintenance), Ft. Knox, KY

Company Clerk
Produced weekly status reports.

Waters Electronics, Salt Lake City, UT

Electrical Assembly Technician
Assembled HVAC ground support equipment.
Specialized Training

• Operational courses for all phases of the DSW System.
• Computer course in Basic.
• 22 Semester Hours in Computer Science and Mathematics.


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