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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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  • Collaborate with scientists or engineers to design or conduct experiments for 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.
  • Supervise or provide technical direction to technicians engaged in nanotechnology research or production.
  • Analyze the life cycle of nanomaterials or nano-enabled products to determine environmental impact. Green Task Statement
  • Capture nanoparticle contaminants, using techniques such as electrical fields or electrospinning. Green Task Statement
  • Compare the performance or environmental impact of nanomaterials by nanoparticle size, shape, or organization. Green Task Statement
  • Mix raw materials or catalysts to manufacture nanoparticles according to specifications, ensuring proper particle size, shape, or organization. Green Task Statement
  • Monitor hazardous waste cleanup procedures to ensure proper application of nanocomposites or accomplishment of objectives. Green Task Statement
  • Process nanoparticles or nanostructures, using technologies such as ultraviolet radiation, microwave energy, or catalysis. Green Task Statement

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Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software — Image analysis software; Simulation software; SPMLab
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology
  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access Hot technology
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Optical imaging systems
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software — Microsoft Windows
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • 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
  • Interferometers
  • Ion exchange equipment — Deionization water systems
  • Isolation glove boxes
  • Lab coats — Protective gowns
  • Laboratory evaporators — Thermal evaporators
  • Laboratory hotplates — Hotplates; Vacuum hotplates
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Bake ovens
  • Laboratory safety furnaces — Oxidation furnaces
  • Light scattering equipment — Zeta potential analyzers
  • Manometers — Capacitance manometers
  • Multi gas monitors — Residual gas analyzers
  • Optical diffraction apparatus — Particle size analyzers
  • Pressure indicators — Bourdon tube gauges
  • Protective aprons — Chemical protective aprons
  • Protective gloves — Cryogenic gloves; Gowning gloves
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Respirators
  • 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 (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
  • Spectrophotometers
  • 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
  • Vacuum gauges — Ionization gauges; Pirani gauges
  • Vacuum ovens
  • X ray diffraction equipment — X ray diffractometers

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Detailed Work Activities

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

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (2016) $29.96 hourly, $62,330 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
Employment (2014) 70,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Little or no change (-1% to 1%) Little or no change (-1% to 1%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 17,100
State trends Employment Trends
Top industries (2014)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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