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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.

This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Values  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • 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 during nanocomposite or other nano-scale production processes, using systems such as aerosol detection systems. Green Task Statement
  • Measure or mix chemicals or compounds in accordance with detailed instructions or formulas.

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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 — Contact printers; Magnetron plasma sputter reactors; Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems; 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

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCI

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.
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.
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.

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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.
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.
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.

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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 (2013) $29.12 hourly, $60,560 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 2013 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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