Details Report for:
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.
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Assemble components, using techniques such as interference fitting, solvent bonding, adhesive bonding, heat sealing, or ultrasonic welding.
- Assist nanoscientists, engineers, or technologists in processing or characterizing materials according to physical or chemical properties.
- Assist nanoscientists, engineers, or technologists in writing process specifications or documentation.
- Calibrate nanotechnology equipment, such as weighing, testing, or production equipment.
- Compile information or prepare reports on nanotechnology experiments or applications.
- Inspect nanotechnology work products to ensure quality or adherence to specifications.
- Maintain accurate record or batch-record documentation of nanoproduction.
- Maintain work area according to cleanroom or other processing standards.
- Measure emission of nanodust or nanoparticles, using systems such as aerosol detection systems, during nanocomposite or other nano-scale production processes.
- Measure or mix chemicals or compounds in accordance with detailed instructions or formulas.
- Measure or report toxicity of engineered nanoparticles.
- Monitor equipment during operation to ensure adherence to specifications for characteristics such as pressure, temperature, or flow.
- 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.
- Perform functional tests of nano-enhanced assemblies, components, or systems, using equipment such as torque gauges or conductivity meters.
- Produce detailed images or measurement of objects, using tools such as scanning tunneling microscopes or oscilloscopes.
- Record nanotechnology test results in logs, laboratory notebooks, or spreadsheet software.
- Repair nanotechnology processing or testing equipment or submit work orders for equipment repair.
- Set up or execute nanoparticle experiments according to detailed instructions.
- Test nano-enabled products to determine amount of shedding or loss of nanoparticles.
Tools used in this occupation:
|Binocular light compound microscopes — Fluorescence optical microscopes; Optical compound microscopes; Optical profilers|
|Laboratory evaporators — Electron beam evaporators; Thermal evaporators|
|Laboratory hotplates — Hotplates; Vacuum hotplates|
|Protective gloves — Cryogenic gloves; Gowning gloves|
|Scanning electron microscopes — Field emission scanning electron microscopes FESEM; Focused ion beam scanning electron microscopes FIB-SEM; Scanning electron microscopes SEM|
|Scanning probe microscopes — Atomic force microscopes AFM; Scanning acoustic microscopes; Scanning probe microscopes SPM; Scanning tunneling microscopes STM|
|Semiconductor process systems — Contact printers; Magnetron plasma sputter reactors; Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems; Wafer substrate bonders (see all 28 examples)|
|Semiconductor testers — Linewidth measurement systems; Optical thin film measurement systems; Parametric analyzers|
|Spectrometers — Energy dispersive x-ray EDX spectroscopes; Infrared spectroscopes; Photoelectron spectroscopes; Secondary ion mass spectrometers SIMS|
|Thickness measuring devices — Ellipsometers; Spectroscopic ellipsometers|
|Vacuum gauges — Ion gauges; Pirani gauges|
Technology used in this occupation:
|Analytical or scientific software — Image analysis software; Simulation software; SPMLab|
|Computer aided design CAD software|
|Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access|
|Graphics or photo imaging software — Optical imaging systems|
|Office suite software — Microsoft Office software|
|Operating system software — Microsoft Windows|
|Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
|Word processing software — Microsoft Word|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|6||Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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 (2012)||$28.58 hourly, $59,440 annual|
|Employment (2012)||68,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Little or no change (-2% to 2%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||14,600|
|Top industries (2012)||
Government (33% employed in this sector)
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.