Semiconductor Processing Technicians

Diffusion Operator, Manufacturing Technician, Process Technician, Wafer Fabrication Operator

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What they do:
Perform any or all of the following functions in the manufacture of electronic semiconductors: load semiconductor material into furnace; saw formed ingots into segments; load individual segment into crystal growing chamber and monitor controls; locate crystal axis in ingot using x-ray equipment and saw ingots into wafers; and clean, polish, and load wafers into series of special purpose furnaces, chemical baths, and equipment used to form circuitry and change conductive properties.
On the job, you would:
  • Manipulate valves, switches, and buttons, or key commands into control panels to start semiconductor processing cycles.
  • Maintain processing, production, and inspection information and reports.
  • Inspect materials, components, or products for surface defects and measure circuitry, using electronic test equipment, precision measuring instruments, microscope, and standard procedures.

Knowledge

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods

  • manufacture and distribution of products

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal

  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say

Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Concern for Others

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology In Demand

Industrial control software

  • Camstar Systems Camstar Semiconductor Suite
  • Eyelit Manufacturing

Development environment software

  • National Instruments TestStand

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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