Microfabrication Engineers and Technicians

Microfabrications Engineer in Automotive Factory

Microfabrication engineers research, design, develop, and test microfabricated systems—or, as they are more commonly known, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The dimensions of a microelectromechanical system can range from less than one micrometer to several millimeters. These are tiny systems: there are an estimated 25,400 micrometers in just one inch. There are many uses for microelectromechanical systems. For example, MEMS are used in microsensors, computer chips, flat-panel displays, and photovoltaic (solar) cells. Microfabrication technicians assist engineers in clean rooms, laboratories, manufacturing plants, and research facilities. Microfabrication engineers and technicians are also known as microsystems engineers and technicians and microelectromechanical engineers and technicians.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Microelectromechanical Engineers and Technicians, Microsystems Engineers and Technicians
Duties Research, design, develop, and test microsystems and devices (engineers); provide support to engineers (technicians)
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience An internship, co-op, volunteer position, or part-time job at a microfabrication-related employer is highly recommended
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements U.S. citizenship and background investigations required for government agencies
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Engineering Manager or Professor
  • Microfabrication Engineer
  • Microfabrication Technologist
  • Microfabrication Technician

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