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17-3029.12 - Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians

Operate commercial-scale production equipment to produce, test, or modify materials, devices, or systems of molecular or macromolecular composition. Work under the supervision of engineering staff.

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  • Assemble components, using techniques such as interference fitting, solvent bonding, adhesive bonding, heat sealing, or ultrasonic welding. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist nanoscientists, engineers, or technologists in processing or characterizing materials according to physical or chemical properties. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist nanoscientists, engineers, or technologists in writing process specifications or documentation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calibrate nanotechnology equipment, such as weighing, testing, or production equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compile information or prepare reports on nanotechnology experiments or applications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect nanotechnology work products to ensure quality or adherence to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain accurate record or batch-record documentation of nanoproduction. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain work area according to cleanroom or other processing standards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure emission of nanodust or nanoparticles during nanocomposite or other nano-scale production processes, using systems such as aerosol detection systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure or mix chemicals or compounds in accordance with detailed instructions or formulas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure or report toxicity of engineered nanoparticles. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor equipment during operation to ensure adherence to specifications for characteristics such as pressure, temperature, or flow. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate nanotechnology compounding, testing, processing, or production equipment in accordance with appropriate standard operating procedures, good manufacturing practices, hazardous material restrictions, or health and safety requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform functional tests of nano-enhanced assemblies, components, or systems, using equipment such as torque gauges or conductivity meters. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Produce detailed images or measurement of objects, using tools such as scanning tunneling microscopes or oscilloscopes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record nanotechnology test results in logs, laboratory notebooks, or spreadsheet software. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair nanotechnology processing or testing equipment or submit work orders for equipment repair. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up or execute nanoparticle experiments according to detailed instructions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test nano-enabled products to determine amount of shedding or loss of nanoparticles. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Fluorescence optical microscopes; Optical compound microscopes; Optical profilers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical or gas sterilizers — Ultraviolet ozone cleaners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Decontamination shower — Safety showers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dropping pipettes — Pipettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drying cabinets or ovens — Spin dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electron microscopes — Auger electron microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic counters — Particle counters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Eyewashers or eye wash stations — Eyewash stations See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Face shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire extinguishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impedance meters — Four-point probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Interferometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ion exchange equipment — Deionization water systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Isolation glove boxes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lab coats — Protective gowns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory evaporators — Electron beam evaporators; Thermal evaporators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory hotplates — Hotplates; Vacuum hotplates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Bake ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory safety furnaces — Oxidation furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manometers — Capacitance manometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — Residual gas analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Bourdon tube gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective aprons — Chemical aprons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Cryogenic gloves; Gowning gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning electron microscopes — Field emission scanning electron microscopes FESEM; Focused ion beam scanning electron microscopes FIB-SEM; Scanning electron microscopes SEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning probe microscopes — Atomic force microscopes AFM; Scanning acoustic microscopes; Scanning probe microscopes SPM; Scanning tunneling microscopes STM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Semiconductor process systems — Magnetron plasma sputter reactors; Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems; Spin processors; Wafer substrate bonders (see all 28 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Semiconductor testers — Linewidth measurement systems; Optical thin film measurement systems; Parametric analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Signal generators — Digital pattern generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Single gas monitors — Helium leak detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrometers — Energy dispersive x-ray EDX spectroscopes; Infrared spectroscopes; Photoelectron spectroscopes; Secondary ion mass spectrometers SIMS See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface testers — Profilometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers — Rapid thermal annealers RTA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermostatic baths — Chemical baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Ellipsometers; Spectroscopic ellipsometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Transmission electron microscopes — Transmission electron microscopes TEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tumblers or polishers — Chemical mechanical polishing CMP systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turbine pumps — Turbo pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tweezers — Optical tweezers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning equipment — Ultrasonic cleaners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic welding machine — Ultrasonic welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum gauges — Ion gauges; Pirani gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • X ray diffraction equipment — X ray diffractometers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Image analysis software; Simulation software; SPMLab See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Optical imaging systems See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Microsoft Windows See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document technical design details. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure physical or chemical properties of materials or objects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document design or operational test results. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect finished products to locate flaws. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble equipment or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain test equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain clean work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor processes for compliance with standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain operational records or records systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate precision equipment to control microscopic or nanoscopic processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test products for functionality or quality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research engineering applications of emerging technologies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare materials for processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
83 
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.See more occupations related to this interest.
56 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.See more occupations related to this interest.
39 
Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.See more occupations related to this interest.
17 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.See more occupations related to this interest.
6 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.See more occupations related to this interest.
6 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
61 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.See more occupations related to this work value.
61 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.See more occupations related to this work value.
47 
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.See more occupations related to this work value.
45 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.See more occupations related to this work value.
33 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.See more occupations related to this work value.
22 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
Employment data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.
Industry data collected from Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.

Median wages (2014) $29.60 hourly, $61,580 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 68,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 14,600
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Government (33% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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