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17-2199.06 - Microsystems Engineers

Research, design, develop, or test microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices.

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Tasks

  • Communicate operating characteristics or performance experience to other engineers or designers for training or new product development purposes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct acceptance tests, vendor-qualification protocols, surveys, audits, corrective-action reviews, or performance monitoring of incoming materials or components to ensure conformance to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct analyses addressing issues such as failure, reliability, or yield improvement. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct experimental or virtual studies to investigate characteristics and processing principles of potential microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct harsh environmental testing, accelerated aging, device characterization, or field trials to validate devices, using inspection tools, testing protocols, peripheral instrumentation, or modeling and simulation software. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct or oversee the conduct of prototype development or microfabrication activities to ensure compliance to specifications and promote effective production processes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Consider environmental issues when proposing product designs involving microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create or maintain formal engineering documents, such as schematics, bills of materials, components or materials specifications, or packaging requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create schematics and physical layouts of integrated microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) components or packaged assemblies consistent with process, functional, or package constraints. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Demonstrate miniaturized systems that contain components such as microsensors, microactuators, or integrated electronic circuits fabricated on silicon or silicon carbide wafers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design or develop energy products using nanomaterials or nanoprocesses, such as micro-nano machining. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design or develop industrial air quality microsystems, such as carbon dioxide fixing devices. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design or develop sensors to reduce the energy or resource requirements to operate appliances, such as washing machines or dishwashing machines. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design sensors or switches that require little or no power to operate for environmental monitoring or industrial metering applications. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop customer documentation, such as performance specifications, training manuals, or operating instructions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop formal documentation for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices, including quality assurance guidance, quality control protocols, process control checklists, data collection, or reporting. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or file intellectual property and patent disclosure or application documents related to microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices, products, or systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or implement microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) processing tools, fixtures, gages, dies, molds, or trays. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or validate product-specific test protocols, acceptance thresholds, or inspection tools for quality control testing or performance measurement. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or validate specialized materials characterization procedures, such as thermal withstand, fatigue, notch sensitivity, abrasion, or hardness tests. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Devise microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) production methods, such as integrated circuit fabrication, lithographic electroform modeling, or micromachining. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate materials, fabrication methods, joining methods, surface treatments, or packaging to ensure acceptable processing, performance, cost, sustainability, or availability. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify, procure, or develop test equipment, instrumentation, or facilities for characterization of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) applications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Investigate characteristics such as cost, performance, or process capability of potential microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device designs, using simulation or modeling software. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Manage new product introduction projects to ensure effective deployment of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices or applications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Oversee operation of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication or assembly equipment, such as handling, singulation, assembly, wire-bonding, soldering, or package sealing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan or schedule engineering research or development projects involving microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Propose product designs involving microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology, considering market data or customer requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Refine final microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) design to optimize design for target dimensions, physical tolerances, or processing constraints. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Research or develop emerging microelectromechanical (MEMS) systems to convert nontraditional energy sources into power, such as ambient energy harvesters that convert environmental vibrations into usable energy. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Validate fabrication processes for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), using statistical process control implementation, virtual process simulations, data mining, or life testing. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Ammeters — Picoammeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Analytical balances — Electronic balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench refractometers or polarimeters — Polarimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Inspection microscopes; Optical compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calibrated resistance measuring equipment — Resistivity measurement systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Capacitance meters — Inductance capacitance resistance LCR meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical or gas sterilizers — Ultraviolet ozone cleaners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Clock timers — Countdown timers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drying cabinets or ovens — Critical point dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrogravimetry analyzers — Electrochemical analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic measuring probes — Mechanical probe stations See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fume hoods or cupboards — Laminar flow flume hoods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heated walk in environmental or growth chambers — Thermal chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impedance meters — Four point probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared spectrometers — Extractive Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Isolation glove boxes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory evaporators — Metal evaporators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory hotplates — Hotplates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory safety furnaces — Oxidation furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Level generators — Pulse generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Modulation meters — Time interval analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — Digital multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Network analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oscilloscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning electron microscopes — Scanning electron microscopes SEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning probe microscopes — Atomic force microscopes AFM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Semiconductor process systems — Inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etchers ICP-RIE; Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems; Thin film deposition systems; Wet chemical etching systems (see all 20 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Semiconductor testers — Curve tracers; Parametric testers; Semiconductor parameter analyzers; Thin film measurement systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Signal generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrometers — Raman scattering spectroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers — Fluorescence spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface tension measuring instruments — Contact angle measurement systems 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.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Ellipsometers; Spectroscopic ellipsometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tube furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tumblers or polishers — Chemical mechanical polishing CMP systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultra pure water systems — Deionized water systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibration testers — Vibration measurement systems 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 — Simulation software; The MathWorks MATLAB; Very high speed integrated circuit VHSIC hardware description language VHDL simulation software; WinSpice (see all 42 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; MEMSCAP MEMS Pro; PTC Pro/ENGINEER software; Xcircuit * (see all 11 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — C; Microsoft Visual Basic; National Instruments LabVIEW See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Statistical process control SPC software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — C++ See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Apple Macintosh OS; Microsoft Windows; UNIX 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.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop technical methods or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document technical design details. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Schedule operational activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct design or development activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare contracts, disclosures, or applications. 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.
  • Design alternative energy systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create graphical representations of mechanical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design industrial processing systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design electromechanical equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare proposal documents. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate precision equipment to control microscopic or nanoscopic processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare procedural documents. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create models of engineering designs or methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Devise research or testing protocols. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct quantitative failure analyses of operational data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design systems to reduce harmful emissions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research engineering applications of emerging technologies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct validation tests of equipment or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design energy production or management equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design micro- or nano-scale materials, devices, or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect operational processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research industrial processes or operations. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Education

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Manufacturing Engineering

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: IRC

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Work Values

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Engineers, All Other.
Employment data collected from Engineers, All Other.
Industry data collected from Engineers, All Other.

Median wages (2014) $45.31 hourly, $94,240 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 133,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 29,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

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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Job Openings on the Web

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