Summary 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 during nanocomposite or other nano-scale production processes, using systems such as aerosol detection systems.
- 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 & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Binocular light compound microscopes — Fluorescence optical microscopes; Optical compound microscopes; Optical profilers
- Chemical or gas sterilizers — Ultraviolet ozone cleaners
- Decontamination shower — Safety showers
- Desktop computers
- Dropping pipettes — Pipettes
- Drying cabinets or ovens — Spin dryers
- Electron microscopes — Auger electron microscopes
- Electronic counters — Particle counters
- Eyewashers or eye wash stations — Eyewash stations
- Facial shields — Face shields
- Fire extinguishers
- Goggles — Safety goggles
- Impedance meters — Four-point probes
- Ion exchange equipment — Deionization water systems
- Isolation glove boxes
- Lab coats — Protective gowns
- Laboratory evaporators — Electron beam evaporators; Thermal evaporators
- Laboratory hotplates — Hotplates; Vacuum hotplates
- Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Bake ovens
- Laboratory safety furnaces — Oxidation furnaces
- Manometers — Capacitance manometers
- Multi gas monitors — Residual gas analyzers
- Pressure indicators — Bourdon tube gauges
- Protective aprons — Chemical aprons
- Protective gloves — Cryogenic gloves; Gowning gloves
- Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus
- 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 — Magnetron plasma sputter reactors; Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems; Spin processors; Wafer substrate bonders (see all 28 examples)
- Semiconductor testers — Linewidth measurement systems; Optical thin film measurement systems; Parametric analyzers
- Signal generators — Digital pattern generators
- Single gas monitors — Helium leak detectors
- Spectrometers — Energy dispersive x-ray EDX spectroscopes; Infrared spectroscopes; Photoelectron spectroscopes; Secondary ion mass spectrometers SIMS
- Surface testers — Profilometers
- Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers — Rapid thermal annealers RTA
- Thermostatic baths — Chemical baths
- Thickness measuring devices — Ellipsometers; Spectroscopic ellipsometers
- Transmission electron microscopes — Transmission electron microscopes TEM
- Tumblers or polishers — Chemical mechanical polishing CMP systems
- Turbine pumps — Turbo pumps
- Tweezers — Optical tweezers
- Ultrasonic cleaning equipment — Ultrasonic cleaners
- Ultrasonic welding machine — Ultrasonic welding equipment
- Vacuum gauges — Ion gauges; Pirani gauges
- Vacuum ovens
- X ray diffraction equipment — X ray diffractometers
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
Detailed Work Activities
- Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
- Document technical design details.
- Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
- Measure physical or chemical properties of materials or objects.
- Document design or operational test results.
- Inspect finished products to locate flaws.
- Assemble equipment or components.
- Maintain test equipment.
- Maintain clean work areas.
- Monitor processes for compliance with standards.
- Maintain operational records or records systems.
- Test products for functionality or quality.
- Prepare materials for processing.
- Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
- Research engineering applications of emerging technologies.
- Operate precision equipment to control microscopic or nanoscopic processes.
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.
- 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.
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|
|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)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 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.