Microelectronics Technicians

Technician Solders Microchips

Microelectronics technicians work in research laboratories assisting the engineering staff to develop and construct prototype and custom-designed microchips. Microchips, often called simply chips, are tiny but extremely complex electronic devices that control the operations of many kinds of communications equipment, consumer products, industrial controls, aerospace guidance systems, and medical electronics. The process of manufacturing chips is often called fabrication. Approximately 139,400 electrical and electronics engineering technicians are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Semiconductor Development Technicians
Duties Help engineers develop and construct prototype and custom-designed microchips; gather parts and materials; test component performance; advise on specs
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities available throughout the country, with greatest demand in California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Massachusetts
Minimum Education Level
  • Apprenticeship
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship or co-op experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Microelectronics Technician
  • Intern or Trainee