Summary Report for:
17-3029.11 - Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists
Implement production processes for nanoscale designs to produce or modify materials, devices, or systems of unique molecular or macromolecular composition. Operate advanced microscopy equipment to manipulate nanoscale objects. Work under the supervision of nanoengineering staff.
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Design or conduct experiments, in collaboration with scientists or engineers, supportive of the development of nanotechnology materials, components, devices, or systems.
- Implement new or enhanced methods or processes for the processing, testing, or manufacture of nanotechnology materials or products.
- Inspect or measure thin films of carbon nanotubes, polymers, or inorganic coatings, using a variety of techniques or analytical tools.
- Collect or compile nanotechnology research or engineering data.
- Develop or modify wet chemical or industrial laboratory experimental techniques for nanoscale use.
- Prepare capability data, training materials, or other documentation for transfer of processes to production.
- Prepare detailed verbal or written presentations for scientists, engineers, project managers, or upper management.
- Produce images or measurements, using tools or techniques such as atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, particle size analysis, or zeta potential analysis.
- Contribute written material or data for grant or patent applications.
- Install nanotechnology production equipment at customer or manufacturing sites.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
|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 — Extreme ultraviolet EUV systems; Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems; Vacuum contact printers; Wafer substrate bonders|
|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|
Technology used in this occupation:
|Analytical or scientific software — Image analysis software; Simulation software; SPMLab|
|Graphics or photo imaging software — Optical imaging systems|
|Office suite software — Microsoft Office software|
|Operating system software — Microsoft Windows|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
Interest code: RIC
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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 (2012)||$28.58 hourly, $59,440 annual|
|Employment (2010)||71,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2010-2020)||Slower than average (3% to 9%)|
|Projected job openings (2010-2020)||16,800|
|Top industries (2010)|
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2010-2020 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2010-2020). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.