Semiconductor Manufacturing Career Information

What jobs can I get? How much can I get paid?

Degrees and certificates in the Semiconductor Manufacturing program may lead to the following jobs or careers:

 

Semiconductor Processor

$15.35
Entry Hourly Wage

Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technician

$22.86
Entry Hourly Wage

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence


Why is This a Good Career Bet?

Microchip technology is used in every type of electronic device across diverse markets that include manufacturing, the automotive industry, biotechnology, computers, appliances and cellphones. Because of increased automation, most new positions will be for technicians as machinery becomes more complex and needs more monitoring.

Technicians are responsible for understanding more of the fabrication process, so companies hiring new employees will expect a higher level of competency – usually a minimum of an associate degree. Locally based Texas Instruments, which unveiled the first working integrated circuit in 1958, employs more than 30,000 employees in 35 countries.

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. 

Semiconductors are in:

  • Auto/anti-lock brakes
  • Cellphones
  • Computers
  • Fax machines
  • Hearing aids
  • Microwaves
  • Pacemakers
  • Satellites
  • Stereos
  • Telephones
  • Traffic lights
  • Video games

What Can I Do With This Degree?

Entry-level positions generally require a high school diploma or GED and an associate degree. Jobs include:

  • Semiconductor manufacturing specialist: Manufacturing associates/operators convert silicon wafers to packaged integrated circuit products.
  • Equipment technician: Facilities equipment technicians troubleshoot, install, repair and service all of the specialized equipment and instruments used in making chips.
  • Process technician: Equipment and process technicians troubleshoot and maintain the equipment and process used in wafer manufacturing.
  • Electronics technician

What Skills Do I Need?

  • A foundation in science and math
  • Interpersonal skills
  • A sense of responsibility
  • Computer literacy
  • Strong communication skills
  • An aptitude for technology and electronics

And the ability to:

  • Stay current in work skills
  • Deal with change
  • Appreciate a diverse workplace
  • Team with others on projects
  • Be a flexible, self-directed team player