Careers in Microelectronics Technology

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An ideal clean room technician candidate will possess a scientific attitude, sound judgment, excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, and the ability to work successfully in a team-oriented environment.

What will I do on the job?

Technicians in the semiconductor industry evaluate problems, take action to correct both the manufacturing process and the final product, and maintain and troubleshoot processing equipment. The “clean room” work environment requires both independent and team activities. Responsibilities include work in photolithography, etching, diffusion, planarization, thin-film deposition, ion implant, test/sort, and packaging. Technicians will use test instruments and analytical equipment as well as computer-based systems. Technicians will monitor the production of the ICs and may support process improvement experiments.

What skills will I use on the job?

Excellent verbal and written English skills are required of the technician to work in a team environment. In addition, the technician must use attention to detail, use applied chemistry and physics, and use electronics and mechanical skills needed to maintain and troubleshoot equipment. Further, the technician will use computer skills and be able to interpret specifications, schematics and technical manuals.

Who will hire me?

Rapid expansion in the extensive local semiconductor industry is always creating new job opportunities in Oregon and southwest Washington. Potential employers include Intel Corporation, SolarWorld, FEI,  Cascade Microtech , Microchip, On Semi, Maxim, Triquint, Siltronics and other semiconductor companies.

How much can I earn?

Starting salaries range between $35,000 and $45,000 a year, plus overtime. With experience, the salary range rises to between $45,000 and $55,000 a year. With a B.S. degree through the Oregon Institute of Technology, a student can earn $50,000 a year or more with several years of experience. Many companies offer outstanding benefits, including health, dental and life insurance, along with retirement and education benefits.


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What Graduates are saying...

“I am precisely where I’ve wanted to be since beginning this adventure in early 2004 after leaving my job of twelve years […] It’s great to finally reach this goal. Now I’ll have the capability to take my life just where I want to head.”

Jeremy Arrant (2006) Fabrication, Intel