Manufacturing Machine Operator - Electronics Production

Job Description

Expand your career as a Manufacturing Machine Operator in one of our innovative Global Operations departments in Durham or RTP. We are looking for individuals to work in our LED or Power/RF device Fab, Materials, Crystal Growth, and Epi departments. Candidates must have a great work ethic and a desire to be part of a team. Successful candidates must meet the requirements below.


Location: Durham, NC or Research Triangle Park (RTP)

Shifts: 12-hour night shifts  (6pm to 6am  and 7pm to 7am)


A career at Cree as a Machine Operator offers:

  • A new starting base wage of $13.50 per hour!
  • Shift differentials of up to 10% on top of the starting base wage
  • Paid time off, access to health insurance, access to Cree's full-service Wellness Center and on-site café
  • Safe work environment in a growing company and industry
  • Predictable / Consistent work shifts
  • Opportunity for voluntary overtime, pre-approved by your supervisor


  • Perform a variety of functions in the production of semiconductor devices
  • Set-up, operate, load, and monitor specialized equipment to ensure quality product is produced
  • Perform a combination of stationary and non-stationary functions
  • Perform tasks in various areas of your assigned work location, including frequently moving back and forth between tasks
  • May be responsible for monitoring equipment operation, maintaining supply levels, inspecting final product, cleaning the work environment, and performing light data entry
  • Assist in setting up workstations, following written or verbal process specifications in completing all assignments
  • May be required to work in a clean room environment and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including, but not limited, to eye protection, gloves, and other department-specific equipment
  • Check and inspect results against predetermined tolerances
  • Work a 12-hour night shift rotation unless business needs require an alternative shift


 Job Qualifications:

  • Experience demonstrating mechanical aptitude and/or utilizing fine motor skills; for example, working with large equipment and machinery, assembly, or reassembly
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral; ability to read and write effectively
  • Proven work history showing dependability, a strong work ethic and stability in previous positions
  • Ability to multi-task and approach tasks with detail-oriented manner
  • Must be comfortable wearing personal protective equipment – PPE (i.e., cleanroom suit, etc.)
  • Must be comfortable working in a cleanroom setting or in dirty and dusty conditions
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time (i.e., up to 12 hours at a time)
  • Ability to walk for long periods of time (i.e., up to 12 hours at a time)
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to move around the work location without impediment
  • Ability to work a “2-2-3” schedule, and demonstrate acceptable attendance
  • Employee will work 2 consecutive shifts, followed by 2 days off, work 3 consecutive shifts, followed by 2 days off, work 2 consecutive shifts, followed by 3 days off in each two-week period.
  • Flexibility to work night or day shift as required by business needs (shift assignments may change due to business needs)
  • Ability to comfortably work around chemicals
  • Ability to push and/or lift up to 50 pounds consistently
  • Ability to utilize both hands simultaneously to move product
  • Basic computer and math skills
  • High school diploma or equivalent/GED
  • Able to read, write, and speak English to effectively communicate to others in verbal and written form
  • Ability to read very small print and details, either with or without appropriate corrective lenses
  • Aptitude for handling repetitive tasks


Additional Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • 2 years vocational or technical college training or 2+ years on the job knowledge
  • Prior military experience (within the last 10 years)
  • Experience using a microscope is beneficial


Other Relevant Job Titles:

Production Worker, Assembly, Assembler, Manufacturing worker, Clean Room Worker, Clean Room Manufacturing, Machine Operator, Manufacturing Technician, Production Technician, Electronics Assembler, 


This role may require additional duties and/or assignments as designated by management.

Company Overview

At Cree | Wolfspeed, we’ve spent more than 30 years developing industry firsts as a leader in wide bandgap semiconductor technology. Not familiar with all of our products? That is because we are a part of the invisible revolution; if we do our job right you will never know we were there. Our products make impossible possible like our LEDs that power cities to our Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) components that power electric vehicles, solar energy, telecommunications and industrial, military and aerospace solutions.


We believe in enabling the world to do more with less. That’s why we encourage each other to think unconventionally, take ownership and solve real problems. Interested in a career at Cree | Wolfspeed? We want to meet you. Submit your application now.


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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