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Opportunity Ahead: Etching a path to success

Sep 7, 2021 2 min read

This week we’re proud to put the spotlight on our very own Jo Carpenter and share the story of her career at SPTS, a KLA company. This year marks Jo’s 14th anniversary at SPTS and allows us to showcase the five promotions she’s earned during her tenure.

Jo joined SPTS in 2007 as a process technician who tested etch tools. She said during her first year, she noticed her career start to take off. She began traveling the world to provide support on new system installs, and in less than two years, was promoted to process engineer. Now, Jo utilizes her experience and skills as a senior product manager for etch products.

Jo was involved in some of SPTS’s greatest etch technology and product achievements, so we were eager to learn what she was personally most proud of achieving at SPTS. For Jo, it was about taking on the challenge of moving to product management.

“If someone had told me when I started here, that one day I would be a senior product manager, I wouldn’t have believed them. Finding the confidence, taking responsibility, making decisions, and representing SPTS at events all over the world, talking to people about what we do… that’s what I’m most proud of.”

When asked about whether or not she would recommend SPTS and KLA as an employer, she was eager to share how her experience compares to others. “Having grown up locally and with friends who work across many different industries, I know how rare and good an employer like SPTS is by comparison. They focus on their employees’ welfare and development, and reward them collectively and individually,” Jo said. “The impact of having an employer who is prepared to invest in you and support you to that extent can have a huge impact, especially for younger employees who are just starting in their career.”

KLA continually strives to ensure its employees are supported and given opportunities to grow. We understand that we already have the best talent with us, so focusing on championing our people is the best way to ensure we are at the forefront of technological breakthroughs in semiconductor wafer processing technologies and equipment.

View our career openings at KLA and the SPTS division for the opportunities ahead for you.

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