Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians

Manufacturing > Manufacturing Production Process Development

Projected Growth: Slower than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 41.67% said they needed a Associate's Degree.

  • 41.67% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Monitor equipment during operation to ensure adherence to specifications for characteristics such as pressure, temperature, or flow.

    Record nanotechnology test results in logs, laboratory notebooks, or spreadsheet software.

    Maintain accurate record or batch-record documentation of nanoproduction.

    Maintain work area according to cleanroom or other processing standards.

    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.

    Inspect nanotechnology work products to ensure quality or adherence to specifications.

    Assist nanoscientists, engineers, or technologists in processing or characterizing materials according to physical or chemical properties.

    Measure or mix chemicals or compounds in accordance with detailed instructions or formulas.

    Produce detailed images or measurement of objects, using tools such as scanning tunneling microscopes or oscilloscopes.

    Assist nanoscientists, engineers, or technologists in writing process specifications or documentation.

    Calibrate nanotechnology equipment, such as weighing, testing, or production equipment.

    Perform functional tests of nano-enhanced assemblies, components, or systems, using equipment such as torque gauges or conductivity meters.

    Compile information or prepare reports on nanotechnology experiments or applications.

    Set up or execute nanoparticle experiments according to detailed instructions.

    Repair nanotechnology processing or testing equipment or submit work orders for equipment repair.

    Assemble components, using techniques such as interference fitting, solvent bonding, adhesive bonding, heat sealing, or ultrasonic welding.

    Test nano-enabled products to determine amount of shedding or loss of nanoparticles.

    Measure or report toxicity of engineered nanoparticles.

    Measure emission of nanodust or nanoparticles during nanocomposite or other nano-scale production processes, using systems such as aerosol detection systems.


X ray diffractometers

Wire bonders

Wafer substrate bonders

Vacuum ovens

Vacuum hotplates

Ultraviolet ozone cleaners

Ultrasonic welding equipment

All Tools

Ultrasonic cleaners

Turbo pumps

Transmission electron microscopes TEM

Thermal evaporators

Sputter coaters

Spin processors

Spin dryers

Spectroscopic ellipsometers


Self-contained breathing apparatus

Secondary ion mass spectrometers SIMS

Scanning tunneling microscopes STM

Scanning probe microscopes SPM

Scanning electron microscopes SEM

Scanning acoustic microscopes

Safety showers

Safety goggles


Residual gas analyzers

Rapid thermal annealers RTA

Protective gowns


Plasma etchers

Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems

Pirani gauges


Photoresist spin coaters

Photoresist dispensing systems

Photoelectron spectroscopes

Particle counters

Parametric analyzers

Parallel plate reactive ion etchers RIE

Oxidation furnaces

Optical tweezers

Optical thin film measurement systems

Optical profilers

Optical compound microscopes

Nanoimprint lithography NIL systems

Molecular vapor deposition MVD systems

Molecular beam epitaxy MBE systems

Metal-organic chemical vapor deposition MOCVD systems

Mask writers

Mask aligners

Magnetron plasma sputter reactors

Low pressure chemical vapor deposition LPCVD systems

Linewidth measurement systems

Isolation glove boxes

Ion mills

Ion implanters

Ion gauges


Infrared spectroscopes

Inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etchers ICP-RIE


Helium leak detectors

Gowning gloves

Four-point probes

Focused ion beam scanning electron microscopes FIB-SEM

Focused ion beam FIB etching tools

Fluorescence optical microscopes

Fire extinguishers

Field emission scanning electron microscopes FESEM

Face shields

Eyewash stations

Extreme ultraviolet EUV systems

Energy dispersive x-ray EDX spectroscopes


Electron beam writers

Electron beam evaporators

Digital pattern generators

Dielectric deposition tools

Desktop computers

Deionization water systems

Cryogenic gloves

Contact printers

Contact aligners

Chemical mechanical polishing CMP systems

Chemical baths

Chemical aprons

Capacitively coupled plasma CCP reactors

Capacitance manometers

Bourdon tube gauges

Bake ovens

Auger electron microscopes

Atomic layer deposition ALD systems

Atomic force microscopes AFM


Computer aided design CAD software

Image analysis software

Optical imaging systems

Simulation software



Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.


Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Equipment Selection

Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.


See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

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Occupation Sections


Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.


Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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