Semiconductor Processors

Manufacturing > Production

Projected Growth: Decline

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Semiconductor Processors include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 83.85% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 11.72% said they needed a Less than a High School Diploma.


    Manipulate valves, switches, and buttons, or key commands into control panels to start semiconductor processing cycles.

    Inspect equipment for leaks, diagnose malfunctions, and request repairs.

    Count, sort, and weigh processed items.

    Operate saw to cut remelt into sections of specified size or to cut ingots into wafers.

    Attach ampoule to diffusion pump to remove air from ampoule, and seal ampoule, using blowtorch.

    Place semiconductor wafers in processing containers or equipment holders, using vacuum wand or tweezers.

    Inspect materials, components, or products for surface defects and measure circuitry, using electronic test equipment, precision measuring instruments, microscope, and standard procedures.

    Load and unload equipment chambers and transport finished product to storage or to area for further processing.

    Study work orders, instructions, formulas, and processing charts to determine specifications and sequence of operations.

    Maintain processing, production, and inspection information and reports.

    Clean semiconductor wafers using cleaning equipment, such as chemical baths, automatic wafer cleaners, or blow-off wands.

    Clean and maintain equipment, including replacing etching and rinsing solutions and cleaning bath containers and work area.

    Monitor operation and adjust controls of processing machines and equipment to produce compositions with specific electronic properties, using computer terminals.

    Calculate etching time based on thickness of material to be removed from wafers or crystals.

    Load semiconductor material into furnace.

    Align photo mask pattern on photoresist layer, expose pattern to ultraviolet light, and develop pattern, using specialized equipment.

    Etch, lap, polish, or grind wafers or ingots to form circuitry and change conductive properties, using etching, lapping, polishing, or grinding equipment.

    Stamp, etch, or scribe identifying information on finished component according to specifications.

    Scribe or separate wafers into dice.

    Set, adjust, and readjust computerized or mechanical equipment controls to regulate power level, temperature, vacuum, and rotation speed of furnace, according to crystal growing specifications.

    Connect reactor to computer, using hand tools and power tools.

    Measure and weigh amounts of crystal growing materials, mix and grind materials, load materials into container, and monitor processing procedures to help identify crystal growing problems.

    Mount crystal ingots or wafers on blocks or plastic laminate, using special mounting devices, to facilitate their positioning in the holding fixtures of sawing, drilling, grinding or sanding equipment.

    Locate crystal axis of ingot, and draw orientation lines on ingot, using x-ray equipment, drill, and sanding machine.


X-ray inspection equipment

Water surface contamination analyzers

Wafer sorters

Wafer scanners

Wafer probers

Wafer mappers

Wafer arbor presses

All Tools

Vacuum wands

Vacuum pumps

Vacuum ovens

Surface resistivity meters

Surface profilers


Spin rinse dryers

Spectrum analyzers

Soldering guns

Solder-paste printers

Solder reflow ovens

Slurry filter cabinets

Semiconductor test probes

Semiconductor processing chillers

Semiconductor polishers

Semiconductor etchers

Scanning electron microscopes

Sanding machines

Safety eyewear

Rapid thermal processors

Plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD machines

Plasma ashers

Physical vapor deposition systems


Photoresist strippers

Photolithography equipment

Oxidation systems

Micro diamond scribers

Mask aligners

Manual wet benches

Low pressure chemical vapor deposition LPCVD machines

Load ports

Lithography exposure systems

Laser wafer markers

Laboratory fume hoods

Ion implanters

High precision tweezers

Gas blow torches

Epitaxial deposition equipment

Electron beam evaporators

Digital multimeters

Digital hygrometers

Diffusion pumps

Diffusion furnaces

Die bonders

Desktop computers

Clean-room air particle analyzers

Clean room suits

Clean room ovens

Chemical vapor deposition CVD systems

Automatic wafer cleaners

Automatic notched wafer aligners

Atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition APCVD systems

Antistatic wrist straps


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Operation Monitoring

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

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

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

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.


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

Quality Control Analysis

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


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Occupation Sections


Production and Processing

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

English Language

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

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Computers and Electronics

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

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


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.

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