Location: Newport

Starts: September 2023

Company Overview

The SPTS division of KLA, designs, manufactures and markets wafer processing solutions for the global semiconductor and related industries. SPTS provides industry leading etch and deposition process technologies on a range of single wafer handling platforms. End-market applications include micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), advanced packaging, LED, high speed RF device IC’s and power semiconductors. SPTS is part of KLA Corporation which develops industry-leading equipment and services that enable innovation throughout the electronics industry. We provide advanced process control and process-enabling solutions for manufacturing wafers and reticles, integrated circuits, packaging, printed circuit boards and flat panel displays. In close collaboration with leading customers across the globe, our expert teams of physicists, engineers, data scientists and problem-solvers design solutions that move the world forward.


SPTS wafer processing solutions include market-leading silicon etch, dielectric etch, dry-release etch, PVD, PECVD and molecular vapor deposition (MVD®), available with a range of wafer-handling options applicable to R&D, pilot production, or volume production environments. SPTS is headquartered and has its main manufacturing facility in Newport, UK, with additional manufacturing in Allentown, Pennsylvania. SPTS operates across 19 countries in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, and offers comprehensive service and spare parts support through a worldwide network of service centers and qualified local agents.

Vacancy Overview

Operations – Manufacturing (cleanroom based)

Want to join a global leading, ground-breaking company that has been recognised by industry leaders, government agencies and Her Majesty the Queen? Then look no further! Here at SPTS, we invent, develop and manufacture high-tech capital equipment for the global semiconductor markets.


Purpose of the role

We are calling for innovative and curious apprentices to join the 3-year Apprenticeship in our Manufacturing/Operations Department. In this program you will develop your skills in build, test, and decom: you will become familiar with the assembly and final test processes of SPTS’ products.


During your first year, your hours will be Mon-Thurs 7:30am-4pm / Fri 7:30am-3pm whilst also attending college one day per week. From second year you will receive a shift allowance working an early shift (6am-2pm) and late shift (2pm-10pm) on alternative weeks. You will be integrated into the Manufacturing Team and continue your development supported by your SPTS mentor!


Starting on a minimum salary of £16,000.



As a Manufacturing Apprentice on-the-job training and role responsibilities will include:

  • Mechanical/Electrical assembly, wiring and fault finding in our tools
  • Operation and process engineering
  • Carrying out site maintenance and cleanroom support
  • Leading and assisting with continuous improvement projects
  • Successful completion of NVQ logbook entries by the required timelines


Qualifications Gained:

HNC and NVQ in Engineering (Mechanical and Electrical), with opportunities from KLA to further enhance your education and qualifications post apprenticeship to Degree level for the right candidates.

Desirable Qualities:

We are looking for results-oriented individuals who are passionate about learning and developing a successful career within SPTS. The successful candidate must:

  • Work to tight timescales
  • Demonstrate problem solving/trouble-shooting skills
  • Be a standout team-member, who is flexible on working as a part of a group, but also on their own initiative
  • Demonstrate good communication capabilities
  • Be computer literate
  • Be self-motivated


Preferred Qualifications:

  • First year of BTEC or similar course in electronics/electrical engineering that allows entry to BTEC year 2 on day release.

Minimum Qualifications:

    • Five GCSE’s including Maths, English, & Science at grade C or above.

Benefits Package Includes:

Shift Allowance, annual leave starting at 25 days (plus bank holidays), cash health plan, cycle to work scheme, global bonus plan, share scheme, rewards scheme, life assurance, subsidised canteen and free on-site parking.

We offer a competitive, family friendly total rewards package. We design our programs to reflect our commitment to an inclusive environment, while ensuring we provide benefits that meet the diverse needs of our employees.

KLA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer