Nanotechnology Engineering Technician

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Associate's degree

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What They Do

Operates commercial-scale production equipment to produce, test, or modify materials, devices, or systems of molecular or macromolecular composition. Works under the supervision of engineering staff.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production Process Development pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Operates 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.
  • Maintains work area according to cleanroom or other processing standards.
  • Repairs nanotechnology processing or testing equipment or submits work orders for equipment repair.
  • Measures or mixes chemicals or compounds in accordance with detailed instructions or formulas.
  • Monitors equipment during operation to ensure adherence to specifications for characteristics such as pressure, temperature, or flow.
  • Records nanotechnology test results in logs, laboratory notebooks, or spreadsheet software.
  • Calibrates nanotechnology equipment, such as weighing, testing, or production equipment.
  • Assists nanoscientists, engineers, or technologists in processing or characterizing materials according to physical or chemical properties.
  • Produces detailed images or measurement of objects, using tools such as scanning tunneling microscopes or oscilloscopes.
  • Performs functional tests of nano-enhanced assemblies, components, or systems, using equipment such as torque gauges or conductivity meters.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Engineering Technician — Solves technical application oriented problems, for example the technician makes sure things, such as circuits or transportation systems, work.
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  • Laboratory Technician (Lab Technician)
  • Microfabrication Engineer Manager
  • Nanofabrication Specialist
  • Process Engineering Technician
  • Research Scientist
  • Research Support Specialist
  • Research Technician
  • Technical Associate