Microelectronics Technicians


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Microelectronics Technicians

Introduction

Microelectronics technicians work in research laboratories assisting the engineering staff to develop and construct prototype and custom-designed microchips. Microchips, often called simply chips, are tiny but extremely complex electronic devices that control the operations of many kinds of communications equipment, consumer products, industrial controls, aerospace guidance systems, and medical electronics. The process of manufacturing chips is often called fabrication. Approximately 130,500 electrical and electronics engineering te...

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Median Salary

$64,330

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Employment Prospects

Poor

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Minimum Education Level

Apprenticeship


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Experience

Internship or co-op experience


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Skills

Math


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Median annual earnings of electrical and electronics engineering technicians were $64,330 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Salaries ranged from less than $38,110 to more than $95,140. Mean annual earnings of technicians who worked in the semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing industry were $59,940. Those who worked for the federal government earned $69...

Work Environment

Microelectronics technicians generally work a 40-hour week, although they may be assigned to different shifts or be required to work weekends and holidays. Overtime and holiday pay can usually be expected in such circumstances. Their work environment is extremely clean, well lighted, and dust free.

Microelectronics technicians have many duties, and this requires them to be flexible yet f...

Outlook

Electrical and electronics engineering technicians are expected to have little or no job growth through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This is because of increasing competition within the industry and improved efficiencies and automation of many of the support functions in the electronics industry. Some companies may relocate parts of their development operations oversea...

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