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Microfabrication Engineers and Technicians

Overview

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.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

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Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Problem-Solving

Scientific

Technical

Career Ladder
Engineering Manager or Professor

Microfabrication Engineer

Microfabrication Technologist

Microfabrication Technician