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Microelectronics Technician

Help develop microchips used in phones, calculators, or computers.

What does a Microelectronics Technician do?

Microelectronics Technicians assist Electrical Engineers and Computer Engineers in developing and building microchips, via a process known as “fabrication.” Engineers are the brains, Microelectronics Technicians are the brawn.

Microchips are minute devices that function as the brains of electronic devices, including computers, cell phones, video games, MP3 players, GPS systems, and more. Along with DNA, blood cells, and bacteria, they’re among the most spectacular things in the world that are also the smallest. Though tiny, they’re extremely intricate and totally essential.

Those are the wonderful things you help create when you’re a Microelectronics Technician. Here’s how it typically works: Engineers prepare schematics of an electronic component, containing a list of the parts needed to build it and instructions for how to assemble them. With schematics in hand, you then gather the appropriate parts and construct the electronic component using special tools.

Next, you test and troubleshoot what you’ve just built in order to make sure it works, and fix it when it doesn’t. Finally, you assist in creating the technical specifications for the component so that it can be accurately installed and integrated within a larger product, be it a laptop computer or an iPhone.

Someday, you’ll be a futuristic Brain Surgeon, creating and repairing microchips for robots. For now, though, you’re a computer Construction Worker, building bits and bytes.