Projected Growth: Slower than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
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
Wafer substrate bonders
Ultraviolet ozone cleaners
Ultrasonic welding equipmentAll Tools
Transmission electron microscopes TEM
Self-contained breathing apparatus
Secondary ion mass spectrometers SIMS
Scanning tunneling microscopes STM
Scanning probe microscopes SPM
Scanning electron microscopes SEM
Scanning acoustic microscopes
Residual gas analyzers
Rapid thermal annealers RTA
Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems
Photoresist spin coaters
Photoresist dispensing systems
Parallel plate reactive ion etchers RIE
Optical thin film measurement systems
Optical compound microscopes
Nanoimprint lithography NIL systems
Molecular vapor deposition MVD systems
Molecular beam epitaxy MBE systems
Metal-organic chemical vapor deposition MOCVD systems
Magnetron plasma sputter reactors
Low pressure chemical vapor deposition LPCVD systems
Linewidth measurement systems
Isolation glove boxes
Inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etchers ICP-RIE
Helium leak detectors
Focused ion beam scanning electron microscopes FIB-SEM
Focused ion beam FIB etching tools
Fluorescence optical microscopes
Field emission scanning electron microscopes FESEM
Extreme ultraviolet EUV systems
Energy dispersive x-ray EDX spectroscopes
Electron beam writers
Electron beam evaporators
Digital pattern generators
Dielectric deposition tools
Deionization water systems
Chemical mechanical polishing CMP systems
Capacitively coupled plasma CCP reactors
Bourdon tube gauges
Auger electron microscopes
Atomic layer deposition ALD systems
Atomic force microscopes AFM
Computer aided design CAD software
Image analysis software
Optical imaging systems
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
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
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.
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.