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                                                                  EXECUTION COPY

                              EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

     This EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (this "Agreement") is made and entered into on
November 16, 1995, by and between Amtech Systems, Corporation, a Delaware
corporation with its principal executive offices in Dallas, Texas (the
"Company"), and Jeffrey S. Wetherell, an individual currently residing in
Minneapolis, Minnesota ("Employee").


     A.  The Company desires to provide for the employment of Employee in such a
manner as will reinforce and encourage the highest attention and dedication to
the Company of Employee as a member of the Company's management, in the best
interest of the Company and its shareholder.

     B.  Employee is willing to serve the Company on the terms and conditions
herein provided.

                              Terms and Conditions

     In consideration of the covenants and agreements herein contained and other
good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby
acknowledged, the parties hereto agree as follows:

     1.  Employment.  The Company shall employ Employee, and Employee shall
serve the Company, on the terms and conditions set forth herein.

     2.  Term.  Subject to the terms and conditions herein, the employment of
Employee by the Company as provided in Section 1 will be for a term commencing
on the date hereof and expiring on May 31, 1997.

     3.  Position and Duties.  The Company shall engage Employee, and Employee
shall serve, as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company or in a
comparable position with the Company with such duties as may be assigned to
Employee from time to time by the Board of Directors (the "Board") of the
Company or an Affiliate.  Employee shall devote substantially all Employee's
working time and efforts to the business and affairs of the Company.  The
location of employment shall be as determined by the Company from time to time.
Should a relocation be necessary, the Company would provide reimbursement for
move related expenses in accordance with Company policy.


     4.  Compensation.  During the term of Employee's employment hereunder, the
Company shall pay Employee for Employee's services an annual base salary of not
less than $175,000 per annum, payable in equal bi-weekly installments on normal
payroll dates. The Company shall review the base salary of Employee at least
once a year and if the Company, in its sole and absolute discretion, deems an
adjustment in the base salary is appropriate for any reason whatsoever
(including, but not limited to, a change of Employee's duties), the adjustment
will be effective on the date designated by the Company and be evidenced by
appropriate entries on the payroll records of the Company.  All applicable taxes
on total compensation shall be withheld in accordance with applicable taxation

     The Company shall evaluate Employee's contribution to the overall
performance of the Company and shall pay such bonus to Employee as the Company,
in its sole and absolute discretion, shall deem appropriate in light of such
evaluation.  For the calendar year 1996, Employee is eligible to receive a
discretionary bonus of up to $52,500 based upon the achievement of various pre-
determined performance goals.

     5.  Expenses and Services.  During the term of Employee's employment
hereunder, Employee shall be entitled to receive prompt reimbursement for all
reasonable expenses incurred by Employee by reason of Employee's employment,
provided that such expenses are incurred and accounted for in accordance with
the policies and procedures established by the Company and in effect when the
expenses are incurred.  The Company shall furnish Employee with office space,
secretarial assistance, office supplies, office equipment and such other
facilities and services as are suitable to Employee's position and adequate for
the performance of his duties.  Employee shall be entitled to up to four (4)
weeks of vacation per calendar year during the term hereof.

     6.  Confidential Information.  Employee recognizes and acknowledges that
Employee will have access to confidential information of the Company, and its
Affiliates, including, without limitation, customer information, lists of
suppliers and costs, information concerning the business and operations of the
Company and its Affiliates, and proprietary data, information, concepts and
ideas (whether or not patentable or copyrightable) relating to the business of
the Company and its Affiliates, as applicable.  Employee agrees not to disclose
such confidential information, except as may be necessary in the performance of
Employee's duties, to any person, nor use such confidential information in any
way, either during the term of Employee's employment or thereafter unless
Employee has received the written consent of the Company, or its Affiliates, as
applicable, or unless such confidential information becomes public knowledge
through no wrongful act of Employee.  Upon termination of Employee's employment
for any reason, Employee shall promptly deliver to the Company all drawings,
manuals, letters, notebooks, customer lists, documents, records, equipment,
files, computer disks or tapes, reports or any other materials relating to the
business of the Company or its Affiliates (and all copies) that are in
Employee's possession or under Employee's control.  Additionally, the parties
hereby acknowledge that Employee has


executed a Confidentiality and Invention Agreement dated on or about November
16, 1995 (the "Assignment of Inventions Agreement").

     7.  Rights under Certain Plans.  During the term of Employee's employment
hereunder, Employee will be entitled to participate in the insurance and
employee benefit plans and programs maintained by the Company or its Affiliates
applicable to similarly situated officer employees on the same basis as such
other officer employees of the Company, subject only to the possible
substitution by or on behalf of the Company or its Affiliates of other plans or
programs providing substantially similar or increased benefits for Employee.
Employee will also be entitled to reasonable vacation time, with no reduction in
compensation, in keeping with Employee's duties and responsibilities to the

     8.  Early Termination.  Employee's employment hereunder may be terminated
without any breach of this Agreement only under the following circumstances:

          (A) Employee's employment hereunder will terminate upon Employee's

          (B) The Company may terminate Employee's employment hereunder for
     Cause.  For purposes of this Agreement, the Company shall have "Cause" to
     terminate Employee's employment hereunder upon (1) the willful and
     continued failure by Employee to substantially perform his duties hereunder
     (other than any such failure resulting from Employee's incapacity due to
     physical or mental illness), after written demand for substantial
     performance is delivered by the Company that specifically identifies the
     manner in which the Company believes Employee has not substantially
     performed his duties; or (2) the willful engaging by Employee in misconduct
     that is materially injurious to the Company or its Affiliates; or (3) the
     conviction of Employee of any felony or crime of moral turpitude.  For
     purposes of this subsection (B), no act, or failure to act, on Employee's
     part shall be considered "willful" unless done, or omitted to be done, by
     him not in good faith and without reasonable belief that his action or
     omission was in the best interest of the Company.  Notwithstanding the
     foregoing, Employee shall not be deemed to have been terminated for Cause
     without (a) reasonable written notice to Employee, setting forth the
     reasons for the Company's intention to terminate for Cause; (b) an
     opportunity for Employee, together with his counsel, to be heard before the
     Board (or an authorized representative thereof); and (c) delivery to
     Employee of a written Notice of Termination as defined in subsection (D)
     hereof from the Board finding that, in the good faith opinion of the Board,
     Employee was guilty of conduct set forth above in clause (1), (2) or (3) of
     this subsection (B), and specifying the particulars thereof in detail.

          (C) Employee may terminate Employee's employment hereunder (1) for
     Good Reason or (2) if Employee's health should become impaired to an extent
     that makes Employee's continued performance of Employee's duties hereunder
     hazardous to


     Employee's physical or mental health or Employee's life, provided that
     Employee shall have furnished the Company with a written statement from a
     qualified doctor to such effect and provided, further, that, at the
     Company's request, Employee shall submit to an examination by a doctor
     selected by the Company and such doctor shall have concurred with the
     conclusion of Employee's doctor.

          For purposes of this Agreement, "Good Reason" shall mean (a) a failure
     by the Company to comply with any material provision of this Agreement that
     has not been cured within twenty days after notice of such noncompliance
     has been given by Employee to the Company; or (b) any purported termination
     of Employee's employment that is not effected pursuant to a Notice of
     Termination satisfying the requirements of subsection (D) hereof (and for
     purposes of this Agreement no such purported termination shall be

          (D) Any termination of Employee's employment by the Company or by
     Employee (other than termination pursuant to subsection (A) above) shall be
     communicated by written Notice of Termination to the other party hereto.
     For purposes of this Agreement, a "Notice of Termination" shall mean a
     notice that shall indicate the specific termination provision in this
     Agreement relied upon and shall set forth in reasonable detail the facts
     and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of Employee's
     employment under the provision so indicated.

          (E) "Date of Termination" shall mean (1) if Employee's employment is
     terminated by Employee's death, the date of Employee's death; and (2) if
     Employee's employment is terminated for any other reason, the date
     specified in the Notice of Termination.

     9.   Compensation upon Termination.  Upon termination of Employee's
employment hereunder, Employee shall be paid as follows:

          (A) If Employee's employment is terminated by Employee's death, the
     Company shall continue to pay Employee's semi-monthly base salary to
     Employee's designated beneficiaries, or if Employee leaves no designated
     beneficiaries, to Employee's estate for a period of one year from the date
     of termination.

          (B) If Employee's employment shall be terminated for Cause, the
     Company shall pay Employee Employee's bi-weekly base salary earned through
     the Date of Termination at the rate in effect at the time Notice of
     Termination is given and the Company shall have no further obligations to
     Employee under this Agreement.

          (C) If (1) in breach of this Agreement, the Company shall terminate
     Employee's employment other than pursuant to Section 8(B) hereof (it being
     understood that a purported termination pursuant to Section 8(B) hereof
     that is


     disputed and finally determined not to have been proper shall be a
     termination by the Company in breach of this Agreement); or (2) Employee
     shall terminate Employee's employment for Good Reason, then the Company
     shall continue to pay Employee Employee's bi-weekly salary through May 31,

          (D) If Employee shall terminate Employee's employment under clause (2)
     of Section 8(C) or by resignation in breach of this Agreement, the Company
     shall pay Employee Employee's full base salary through the Date of
     Termination at the rate in effect on the date that Notice of Termination is
     received by the Company.

     Employee shall not be required to mitigate the amount of any payment
provided for in Section 9(C) by seeking other employment or otherwise.  If
however, Employee commences new employment while Employee is being paid by the
Company, the obligation to make the payments described in Section 9(C) shall be
subject to offset, in whole or in part, of an amount equal to the compensation
paid to or earned by Employee from any new employment undertaken by Employee
following Employee's termination of employment with the Company through May 31,

     Should Employee violate any provision of Section 10 hereof or violate any
provision of, or any agreement referred to in, Section 6 of this Agreement, then
the Company's obligation to make payments to Employee pursuant to Section 9 and
provide the benefits described in the following paragraph shall terminate
effective as of the date of commencement of such violation.

     At any such time when Employee shall no longer be in the employ of the
Company, any successor in interest to the Company or any of their respective
Affiliates, Employee shall be entitled to receive as of the date of such
termination, subject to the terms and conditions of any applicable insurance or
employee benefit plan, payments in satisfaction of any and all other wages,
benefits,  or other remunerations which shall then be payable to, or vested on
behalf of, Employee.

     During the term of this Agreement, Employee shall give the Company
immediate notice of any change of address.

     10.  Noncompetition.   Employee agrees and covenants:

          (A) That during Employee's employment with the Company Employee will
     not directly or indirectly (I) engage in any employment, business, or
     activity that is in any way competitive with the business or proposed
     business of the Company or any Affiliate, or (ii) assist any other person
     or organization in competing with the Company or any Affiliate or in
     preparing to engage in competition with the business or proposed business
     of the Company or any Affiliate.  Direct competition shall include, but not


     limited to, the design, development, production, promotion or sale of
     products, software or services competitive with those of the Company. The
     provisions of this paragraph shall apply both during normal working hours
     and at all other times including, but not limited to, nights, weekends and
     vacation time, while Employee is employed by the Company.

          (B) That, during the term provided for in Section 2 and for a period
     of 18 months after Employee ceases to be employed by the Company, Employee
     will not directly or indirectly solicit to conduct any competitive business
     with, or conduct any competitive business with, any (I) then-current
     customer of the Company or (ii) any person that has been a customer of the
     Company within the 12 months prior to the time of Employee's separation
     from employment.  The phrase "competitive business" means the line(s) of
     business(es) conducted by the Company or any Affiliate.

          (C)  That, during the term provided for in Section 2 and for a period
     of 18 months after Employee ceases to be employed by the Company, Employee
     shall not directly or indirectly solicit to hire any employee of the
     Company or any Affiliate as an employee or agent of, or consultant to, any
     business enterprise that Employee is associated with.

          (D) Each non-competition covenant of Employee contained in the
     preceding provisions of this Section 10 (the "non-competition covenant")
     shall be construed as an agreement independent of any other provision of
     this Agreement and the existence of any claim or cause of action of
     Employee against the Company, whether predicated on this Agreement or
     otherwise, shall not constitute a defense to the enforcement by the Company
     of such non-competition covenant.

          (E) Although the Company and Employee have in good faith used their
     best efforts to make each non-competition covenant reasonable in both scope
     and in duration, and it is not anticipated, nor is it intended, by either
     party to this Agreement that any court or other tribunal having
     jurisdiction will find it necessary to reform any non-competition covenant
     to make it reasonable in both scope and in duration, or otherwise, the
     Company and Employee understand and agree that if a court or other tribunal
     having jurisdiction determines it necessary to reform any non-competition
     covenant in order to make it reasonable in either scope or duration, or
     otherwise, damages, if any, for a breach of the non-competition covenant,
     as so reformed, will be deemed to accrue to the Company or an Affiliate, as
     applicable, as and from the date of such a breach only and so far as the
     damages for such breach related to an action which accrued within the scope
     and duration as so reformed.


     11.  Affiliate Defined.  The term "Affiliate" as used in this Agreement
means any individual, corporation, unincorporated organization, trust or other
form of entity controlling, controlled by or under common control with the
Company.  For purposes of this definition, "control" (including "controlled by"
and "under common control with") means the possession, directly or indirectly,
of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of
such individual, corporation, unincorporated organization, trust or other form
of entity, whether through the ownership of voting securities or otherwise.

     12.  Waiver.   No waiver of any provision of this Agreement shall be
deemed, or shall constitute, a waiver of any other provision, whether or not
similar, nor shall any waiver constitute a waiver of any continuing or
succeeding breach of such provision, a waiver of the provision itself, or a
waiver of any right under this Agreement. No waiver shall be binding unless
executed in writing by the party making the waiver.

     13.  Limitation of Rights.     Nothing in this Agreement, except as
specifically stated herein, is intended to confer any rights or remedies under
or by reason of this Agreement on any persons other than the parties to it and
their respective permitted successors and assigns and other legal
representatives, nor is anything in this Agreement intended to relieve or
discharge the obligation or liability of any third persons to any party to this
Agreement, nor shall any provision give any third persons any right of
subrogation or action over against any party to this Agreement.

     14.  Remedies.  Employee hereby agrees that a violation of  any provision
of Section 6 or 10 or any agreement referred to in Section 6 would cause
irreparable injury to the Company or its Affiliates for which it would have no
adequate remedy at law.  Accordingly, in the event of any such violation, the
Company shall be entitled to preliminary and other injunctive relief.  Any such
injunctive relief shall be in addition to any other remedies to which the
Company or its Affiliates may be entitled at law or in equity, or otherwise.

     15.  Notice.   Any consent, notice, demand or other communication required
or permitted hereby must be in writing to be effective and shall be deemed to
have been received on the date delivered, if personally delivered, or five days
following the date the same is deposited in the United States mail, postage
prepaid, certified return receipt requested, addressed to the applicable party
at the address for such party set forth below or at such other address as such
party may designate by like notice:

                    Amtech Systems Corporation
                    Dominion Plaza
                    17304 Preston Road, E-100
                    Dallas, Texas  75252
                    Attn:  General Counsel



                    Jeffrey S. Wetherell
                    17304 Preston Road, E-100
                    Dallas, Texas 75252

     16.  Inconsistent Obligations.  Employee represents and warrants that
Employee has not previously assumed any obligations inconsistent with those of
this Agreement.

     17.  Entirety and Amendments.  This instrument and the instruments referred
to herein embody the entire agreement between the parties relating to the
subject matter hereof, supersede all prior agreements and understandings
relating to the subject matter hereof, and may be amended only by an instrument
in writing executed by all parties, and supplemented only by documents delivered
or to be delivered in accordance with the express terms hereof.  This Agreement
expires at the end of its term per Section 2 and provides for no automatic
extension or renewal unless separately agreed to in writing by the parties.  In
the event of a conflict or inconsistency between any provision of this Agreement
and any provision of the Assignment of Inventions Agreement, whichever provision
is most favorable to the Company shall govern.

     18.  Successors and Assigns.   This Agreement will be binding upon and
inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and any successors in interest to the
Company, but neither this Agreement nor any rights hereunder may be assigned by
Employee except in the case of the death of Employee.  However, this Agreement
may be assigned by the Company, in whole or part, to an Affiliate of the

     19.  Governing Law.  This Agreement shall be governed by and construed and
enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas (excluding its
conflict of laws rules).

     20.  Cumulative Remedies.  Except as provided in Exhibit A attached hereto,
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no remedy herein conferred upon any party is intended to be exclusive of any
other benefits or remedy, and each and every such remedy shall be cumulative and
shall be in addition to every other benefit or remedy given hereunder or now or
hereafter existing at law or in equity or by statute or otherwise.  No single or
partial exercise by any party of any right, power or remedy hereunder shall
preclude any other exercise or further exercise thereof.

     21.  Alternate Dispute Resolution.   Employee and the Company agree to the
alternative dispute resolution provisions contained in Exhibit A attached
hereto.  The provisions of this Section 21 shall survive the termination or
expiration of this Agreement.


     22.  Multiple Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in a number of
identical counterparts, each of which constitute collectively, one agreement;
but, in making proof of this Agreement, it shall not be necessary to produce or
account for more than one counterpart.

     23.  Descriptive Headings.  The headings, captions and arrangements used in
this Agreement are for convenience only and shall not be deemed to limit,
amplify, or modify the terms of this Agreement, nor affect the meaning hereof.


     To evidence the binding effect of the covenants and agreements described
above, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement effective as of the date
first above written.

                              THE COMPANY:

                              By:   /s/ G. RUSSELL MORTENSON
                                    G. Russell Mortenson
                                    Chairman of the Board


                                    /s/ JEFFREY S. WETHERELL
                                    Jeffrey S. Wetherell


                                   EXHIBIT A

                          DISPUTE RESOLUTION AGREEMENT

     The undersigned Prospective Employee understands and acknowledges that
neither Amtech Corporation nor its subsidiaries, as applicable ("Amtech"), would
employ the Prospective Employee without the Prospective Employee's execution of
this Agreement.

     A. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, Amtech and the
Prospective Employee consent and agree to the resolution, in the manner provided
for in this Agreement, of all claims or controversies brought by the Prospective
Employee ("Claims") for which a court otherwise would be authorized by law to
grant relief, in any way arising out of, relating to, or associated with (1) the
Prospective Employee's employment or termination from employment with Amtech or
any adverse employment action by Amtech, or (2) any other claims the Prospective
Employee may have against Amtech, any benefit plans of Amtech or any
fiduciaries, administrators, and affiliates of any benefit plan, or any of
Amtech's officers, directors, employees, or agents in their capacity as such, or
(3) any issue concerning the formation, applicability, interpretation, or
enforceability of this Agreement.

     The Prospective Employee acknowledges that the Claims intended to be
covered by this Agreement include (but are not limited to) claims or
controversies under or relating to any federal, state, or local constitution,
law, or regulation prohibiting discrimination, harassment, or discharge; an
alleged or actual contract; any Company policy or benefit; entitlement to wages
or other compensation; and, any claim for personal, emotional, physical,
economic, or other injury.

     B. The only Claims otherwise within the definition of Claims that are not
covered by this Agreement are: (1) any administrative actions that the
Prospective Employee is permitted to pursue under applicable law that are not
precluded by virtue of the Prospective Employee having entered into this
Agreement; (2) any Claim by the Prospective Employee for workers' compensation
benefits or unemployment compensation benefits; or (3) any Claim by the
Prospective Employee for benefits under a Company pension or benefit plan that
provides its own non-judicial dispute resolution procedure.

     C. The Prospective Employee waives any right to assert a Claim, unless he
or she gives written notice of any Claim to Amtech by the earlier of (1) the
date that is one year after the day the Prospective Employee first has knowledge
of the event giving rise to the Claim or (2) the date upon which the applicable
statute of limitations expires.

     D. Within 20 days of receipt of the notice of a Claim, AMTECH, IN ITS
submit a Claim to binding arbitration, then the Prospective Employee may
initiate or otherwise pursue the Claim by legal proceedings other than binding
arbitration (e.g., a lawsuit), except that IF THE PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEE INITIATES
WITH RESPECT TO ANY SUCH CLAIMS.  The Prospective Employee agrees that if he or
she initiates litigation in violation of this Agreement, he or she will incur
liability to the person(s) sued, including the obligation to pay their legal
fees and expenses.

TSG Dispute Resolution Agreement
Revised Spring 1995
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     E. The arbitration will be conducted in accordance with the provisions
of this Agreement and the Employment Dispute Resolution Rules of the American
Arbitration Association ("AAA") in effect at the time the written notice of the
Claim is received. An arbitrator shall be selected in the manner provided for in
the Employment Dispute Resolution Rules of the AAA, except that the parties
agree that the arbitrator shall (1) be an attorney licensed in the state where
the arbitration is being conducted and (2) have expertise in the area of
employment law. The arbitration will be held in Dallas County, Texas [Bernalillo
County, New Mexico].

     F. Each party shall have the right to take one deposition of the other
party and any expert witness or other witness  designated by the other party.
Additional deposition discovery may be taken only if the arbitrator so orders,
upon a showing of substantial need.  The Prospective Employee understands that
by agreeing to submit Claims to arbitration he or she gives up the right to seek
a trial by court or jury and the right to an appeal from any errors of the court
and forgoes any and all related rights he or she may otherwise have under
federal and state laws.

     G. In the event any provision of this Agreement is found by an arbitrator
or court to be unenforceable, in whole or in part, the remaining provisions of
this Agreement shall nevertheless remain enforceable and the unenforceable
provisions shall, to the extent permitted under applicable law, be modified so
as to be enforceable to the maximum extent possible under applicable law.

     H. This Agreement is not, and shall not be construed to create, any offer
or contract of employment, express or implied. This Agreement does not in any
way alter the "at-will" nature of the employer-employee relationship that will
be created between Amtech and the Prospective Employee, if hired.


                                    AMTECH SYSTEMS CORPORATION

   /s/ JEFFREY S. WETHERELL         By:  /s/ G.R. MORTENSON
- --------------------------------       ---------------------------------
Prospective Employee's Signature
                                    Title:   President

Date:   November 10, 1995           Date:    November 13, 1995
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