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The industry that produces these microchips is highly competitive. Each chip is in a constant state of redesign, refined to process more information faster and at an increasingly lower cost. Microchips are fabricated from a single piece, or chip, of a silicon wafer. When properly treated, silicon assumes properties halfway between “conductors” such as copper and gold and “insulators” such as plastics and ceramics, making it a semiconductor. By correctly manipulating these properties throughout the manufacturing process, a complex network is formed on the silicon chip.
The semiconductor manufacturing technology technician is responsible for product operation, equipment monitoring, equipment adjustment and both routine and emergency repair and maintenance of the many different pieces of equipment it takes to make a modern semiconductor chip. The semiconductor industry is looking for trained, entry-level technicians for high-skill, high-wage positions.
Semiconductors Are Everywhere!
What Can I Do With This Degree?
Entry-level positions generally require a high school diploma or GED and an associate degree. Earning an associate degree or certificate in semiconductor manufacturing technology can lead to employment with a variety of job titles, including:
What Skills Do I Need?
You will need:
And the ability to:
Employment Opportunities and SalariesAlthough employment opportunities for semiconductor technicians across the nation are expected to decrease somewhat in the next decade, local employment opportunities are in higher demand for skilled workers, mostly because of the presence of Texas Instruments’ manufacturing plant in Dallas.
America’s Career Infonet gives information about the job duties and working conditions for:
Semiconductor manufacturing technicians may expect to earn $32,000 to $34,000 their first year of employment, with the possibility of doubling starting salary in as little as seven to 10 years. Many companies offer opportunities to transfer within the company to numerous locations, including foreign countries.