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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.

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Tasks

  • Design or conduct experiments, in collaboration with scientists or engineers, supportive of the development of nanotechnology materials, components, devices, or systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Implement new or enhanced methods or processes for the processing, testing, or manufacture of nanotechnology materials or products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect or measure thin films of carbon nanotubes, polymers, or inorganic coatings, using a variety of techniques or analytical tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect or compile nanotechnology research or engineering data. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or modify wet chemical or industrial laboratory experimental techniques for nanoscale use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare capability data, training materials, or other documentation for transfer of processes to production. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare detailed verbal or written presentations for scientists, engineers, project managers, or upper management. See more occupations related to this task.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Contribute written material or data for grant or patent applications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install nanotechnology production equipment at customer or manufacturing sites. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise or provide technical direction to technicians engaged in nanotechnology research or production. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze the life cycle of nanomaterials or nano-enabled products to determine environmental impact. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Capture nanoparticle contaminants, using techniques such as electrical fields or electrospinning. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compare the performance or environmental impact of nanomaterials by nanoparticle size, shape, or organization. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mix raw materials or catalysts to manufacture nanoparticles according to specifications, ensuring proper particle size, shape, or organization. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor hazardous waste cleanup procedures to ensure proper application of nanocomposites or accomplishment of objectives. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Process nanoparticles or nanostructures, using technologies such as ultraviolet radiation, microwave energy, or catalysis. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

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 — 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.
  • Light scattering equipment — Zeta potential analyzers 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.
  • Optical diffraction apparatus — Particle size analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Bourdon tube gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective aprons — Chemical protective 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 — Extreme ultraviolet EUV systems; Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems; Vacuum contact printers; 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.
  • Vacuum gauges — Ionization 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

  • Measure physical or chemical properties of materials or objects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare contracts, disclosures, or applications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor activities affecting environmental quality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Implement design or process improvements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install production equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare procedural documents. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Devise research or testing protocols. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare technical reports for internal use. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Investigate the environmental impact of projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research engineering applications of emerging technologies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate precision equipment to control microscopic or nanoscopic processes. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RIC

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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)

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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