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Sample Tech Job Descriptions

Sample Tech Job Descriptions

We will continue to add to these as we come across them - the intent is to give the prospective MEMS Technician and student an insight as to what MEMs and related industries are looking for.  Note that there are different ways companies title these tech jobs, including but not limited to: Process Tech, Equipment Tech, Microfabrication Tech, MEMS Tech...  When searching for jobs, make sure you do multiple searches using different titles. 

From Nuvonics - a maker of microwave structures (miniature microwave coax) - see: http://www.nuvotronics.com

Microfabrication Technicians
April 08, 2012
Multiple positions immediately available for Microfabrication Technicians.

Do you demonstrate keen attention to detail and fine motor skills?  Are you eager to learn new things and grow with an expanding company in the New River Valley?  We are looking for candidates who are friendly, teachable, diligent and willing to try new things. We’ll provide specific training for the right person who demonstrates a sharp mind, enthusiasm for learning, and a collaborative attitude.  Experience with microscopes, photolithography, planarization is a plus. Competitive pay and benefits for excellent candidates.

Full-time position with competitive salary and benefit package, friendly work environment, opportunity for growth. Applicant must be eligible to pursue classified clearance status.
Nuvotronics does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status or condition protected by law.


From Qualcomm: http://www.qualcomm.com/careers

Job Title:     Process Technician, Sr
Post Date    07/25/2012
Division       Qualcomm MEMS Technology
Job Area     Engineering - Test
Location      California - San Jose

Job Function Work as a member of the MRIC Failure Analysis Engineering team supporting SEM data service. Process SEM requests from various engineering and R&D teams using the JEOL field emission SEM. Learn to support AFM, AES, optical interferometer, and other analytical tools operation as needed. Support failure analysis projects and other FA group activities as needed. Proactive, self-motivated, and comfortable in a fast paced team environment.
Responsibilities include logging in and tracking the incoming requests, understanding customer SEM imaging and data requirements, sample preparation, SEM/EDX data collection, notifying customers of job completion and data location, and tracking related request status and processing information. Help with coordinating outside lab services. Help monitor tools status and maintain the lab in clean and safe condition. Learn to support other analytical tools operation as needed. Support failure analysis projects and other FA group activities as needed.
Skills/Experience: Hands on experience with Field Emission SEM operation and EDX operation.
Hands on experience with optical microscope inspection of semiconductor, display, or MEMS samples.
Hands on experience with sample preparation, such as scribing glass or Si wafers, cleaving, decaping, and sample coating.
Good team player, able to work well both with the failure analysis teammates and engineers from other functional groups.
Demonstrated organizational skills, attention to detail and commitment to high quality data.
Flexible, self-motivated, willing to learn new skills and take on new challenges. Ability to multi-task and maintain good productivity.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to interact and communicate effectively with vendors to coordinate external lab services
Fluent in MS office, including Outlook, Excel, Word, and Powerpoint.
Education Requirements        Preferred: Associate's, Electrical Engineering or equivalent experience


Microsystems & MEMS Industry Technician Needs and Skill Sets

This is a series of articles we have put together over the years which highlight the Microsystems (MEMS) skill sets, knowledge, job opportunities and industry needs for 2yr Micro/Nano graduates.  This article will be added to from time to time and is intended to bring together a story as to why a college would want to consider integrating Microsystems curriculum (our Learning Modules and kits) into their STEM courses and even conisder offering courses and a program in Microsystems.

Microsystems Technologist Workforce Development Capacity and Challenges in Central New Mexico SAND2008-2319 Unlimited Release Printed April 2008 - Thor D. Osborn Microsystems Outreach Department Sandia National Laboratories 

SCME Industry Survey - Poster Presentation - Analysis summary of 68 MEMS, Semiconductors and Capital Equipment/Support companies showing significant technician hiring and new position creation across the nation.

WorkKeys Job Profile Report - MEMS Technician - David Licht and Matthias Pleil - we did this job profile to better understand exactly what a MEMS technician does in the cleanroom.  This was done using the WorkKeys system of in depth job profiling.

Knowledge and Skills Needed by MEMS Technologists as Ascertained by Industry Survey and Job Profiling - Matthias Pleil - this presentation was give at the 2007 NSF ATE PI conference in Washington DC - Keeping Programs Viable and Sustainable.

Needs Assessment for the CNM Small Tech (MEMS) Program - Matthias Pleil - This 2008 report is still applicable today.  It shows a regional need for MEMS/Microsystems skilled technicians.


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