Nanotechnology Engineering Technologist

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AVG. SALARY

$66,700

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EDUCATION

Bachelor's degree

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JOB OUTLOOK

Stable

What They Do

Implements production processes for nanoscale designs to produce or modify materials, devices, or systems of unique molecular or macromolecular composition. Operates advanced microscopy equipment to manipulate nanoscale objects. Works under the supervision of nanoengineering staff.

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

A person in this career:

  • Produces images or measurements, using tools or techniques such as atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, particle size analysis, or zeta potential analysis.
  • Supervises or provides technical direction to technicians engaged in nanotechnology research or production.
  • Collaborates with scientists or engineers to design or conduct experiments for the development of nanotechnology materials, components, devices, or systems.
  • Collects or compiles nanotechnology research or engineering data.
  • Monitors hazardous waste cleanup procedures to ensure proper application of nanocomposites or accomplishment of objectives.
  • Contributes written material or data for grant or patent applications.
  • Inspects or measures thin films of carbon nanotubes, polymers, or inorganic coatings, using a variety of techniques or analytical tools.
  • Mixes raw materials or catalysts to manufacture nanoparticles according to specifications, ensuring proper particle size, shape, or organization.
  • Develops or modifies wet chemical or industrial laboratory experimental techniques for nanoscale use.
  • Compares the performance or environmental impact of nanomaterials by nanoparticle size, shape, or organization.

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
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • 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

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