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Vacuum motors for the next semiconductor production machines

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The high-vacuum linear motors are used in semiconductor production tools. Accuracies of these machines are in the nano meter range. Any disturbance by heat, magnetic field or out gassing in vacuum influences the sensitive processes. Therefore the design and production of the vacuum motors is taken one step further. The motors have strict mechanical tolerances to achieve maximum efficiency and mechanical features are added to make them vacuum compatible. Their magnetic design minimizes the magnetic field at the outside of the motor. All materials are measured and selected specifically for low out gassing in vacuum. The goal of this product line is to deliver high-quality vacuum motors with the right performance for the right price.   







One of my daily concerns is to check the feasibility of magnetic designs. As the customer requested to change the design of our vacuum motor, I proposed to build a simulation model of the magnetic field at the outside of the vacuum motors. Because the overall field strength must remain lower than the earth magnetic field, I am analyzing whether this change will increase the magnetic field. I make sure that every effect on the field strength is taken into account in order to achieve the right predictions.

While simulations are running I meet with Ron, one of our mechanical engineers in the vacuum motor project, and Nick, our production engineer who is an expert in the potting process. We discuss on how to improve the potting tool we used to manufacture the prototypes of the vacuum motors. We have some ideas on how to make the mechanical tolerances of the motors even better, so we draw a new concept for the tool on the sketch board in the meeting room.

After a nice lunch the simulation results of the magnetic field are ready and I make a presentation out of them to show to the customer.

In the afternoon I am working on a different project. It is also an actuator for a semiconductor customer, only this is a completely different application. I like the fact that you can get a lot of different experiences in different projects.

Around 5 PM, I get on my bike and go home, another good day at Prodrive Technologies.

I like that you can get a lot of different experiences in different projects

Pros and cons

  • Challenging projects

  • Both theoretical to practical aspects

  • Flexibility of working hours

  • A lot of responsibility

  • Freedom in work

  • Provisioning of free lunch and dinner

  • Collecting too many air miles on long airplane rides to customers in Asia

The Prodrive Technologies Mindset


You don’t just go to work, you feel responsible for your project


You decide when, where and how much you want to work


You like to think about manufacturability when designing


You don’t sit and wait, you have a hands-on mentality

Have you got what it takes to become a Prodriver?

What we offer

  • Perfect environment for people willing to take full responsibility in a project
  • Unlimited growth opportunities and freedom in taking different roles in different projects
  • Young and dynamic culture
  • Unlimited personal budget for training courses, classes or studies
  • We are open 24/7 and provide lunch, dinner and a company gym
  • We keep management positions to a minimum, so there is virtually no hierarchy
  • Create your future with your own personal development plan
  • Tools and equipment such as an iPhone, and laptop
  • The flexibility to work wherever and how much you want
  • Salary that grows with your performance
  • Opportunity to become a shareholder and entrepreneur in the company
  • Travel allowance based on the days you are actually at Prodrive
  • 33 vacation days
  • Retirement plan
  • Distribution of profits

Application steps

  1. We’ll take a look at your application within 5 working days.
  2. You will receive a link to Prodrive Technologies’ online aptitude test to see if you’re up for the challenge.
  3. We will set you up for a personal interview to ask you difficult questions about yourself. Afterwards, others will ask you some more difficult questions about your expertise.
  4. If we want to make you an offer and there's enough time left, we will discuss employment conditions directly after the interviews.
  5. If you survived everything, only your signature stands between you and being a Prodriver.