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Microsystems Engineers

Also called: Process Engineer, Product Design Engineer, Project Engineer, Radio Frequency Design Engineer (RF Design Engineer)

What they do:
Research, design, develop, or test microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices.
On the job, you would:
  • Create schematics and physical layouts of integrated microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) components or packaged assemblies consistent with process, functional, or package constraints.
  • Investigate characteristics such as cost, performance, or process capability of potential microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device designs, using simulation or modeling software.
  • Create or maintain formal engineering documents, such as schematics, bills of materials, components or materials specifications, or packaging requirements.


Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one


  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Dependability


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Simulation software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB Hot Technology
Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • PTC Creo Parametric Hot Technology
Development environment software
  • C Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Visual Basic Hot Technology


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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