Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians
SOC: 17-3029.12


Operate commercial-scale production equipment to produce, test, or modify materials, devices, or systems of molecular or macromolecular composition. Work under the supervision of engineering staff.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
70,100 employed

Projected (2024):
69,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Nanoscience Technician
  • Nanotechnician
  • Nanotechnology Engineering Technician
  • Nanotechnology Technician

  • Tasks:

  • Repair nanotechnology processing or testing equipment or submit work orders for equipment repair.
  • Maintain work area according to cleanroom or other processing standards.
  • Set up or execute nanoparticle experiments according to detailed instructions.
  • Compile information or prepare reports on nanotechnology experiments or applications.
  • Record nanotechnology test results in logs, laboratory notebooks, or spreadsheet software.
  • Produce detailed images or measurement of objects, using tools such as scanning tunneling microscopes or oscilloscopes.
  • Perform functional tests of nano-enhanced assemblies, components, or systems, using equipment such as torque gauges or conductivity meters.
  • Monitor equipment during operation to ensure adherence to specifications for characteristics such as pressure, temperature, or flow.
  • Measure or mix chemicals or compounds in accordance with detailed instructions or formulas.
  • Calibrate nanotechnology equipment, such as weighing, testing, or production equipment.
  • Inspect nanotechnology work products to ensure quality or adherence to specifications.
  • Maintain accurate record or batch-record documentation of nanoproduction.
  • Assist nanoscientists, engineers, or technologists in writing process specifications or documentation.
  • Assist nanoscientists, engineers, or technologists in processing or characterizing materials according to physical or chemical properties.
  • Assemble components, using techniques such as interference fitting, solvent bonding, adhesive bonding, heat sealing, or ultrasonic welding.
  • Operate nanotechnology compounding, testing, processing, or production equipment in accordance with appropriate standard operating procedures, good manufacturing practices, hazardous material restrictions, or health and safety requirements.
  • Measure emission of nanodust or nanoparticles during nanocomposite or other nano-scale production processes, using systems such as aerosol detection systems.
  • Measure or report toxicity of engineered nanoparticles.
  • Test nano-enabled products to determine amount of shedding or loss of nanoparticles.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Atomic force microscopes AFM
  • Atomic layer deposition ALD systems
  • Auger electron microscopes
  • Bake ovens
  • Bourdon tube gauges
  • Capacitance manometers
  • Capacitively coupled plasma CCP reactors
  • Chemical aprons
  • Chemical baths
  • Chemical mechanical polishing CMP systems
  • Contact aligners
  • Contact printers
  • Cryogenic gloves
  • Deionization water systems
  • Desktop computers
  • Dielectric deposition tools
  • Digital pattern generators
  • Electron beam evaporators
  • Electron beam writers
  • Ellipsometers
  • Energy dispersive x-ray EDX spectroscopes
  • Extreme ultraviolet EUV systems
  • Eyewash stations
  • Face shields
  • Field emission scanning electron microscopes FESEM
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescence optical microscopes
  • Focused ion beam FIB etching tools
  • Focused ion beam scanning electron microscopes FIB-SEM
  • Four-point probes
  • Gowning gloves
  • Helium leak detectors
  • Hotplates
  • Inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etchers ICP-RIE
  • Infrared spectroscopes
  • Interferometers
  • Ion gauges
  • Ion implanters
  • Ion mills
  • Isolation glove boxes
  • Linewidth measurement systems
  • Low pressure chemical vapor deposition LPCVD systems
  • Magnetron plasma sputter reactors
  • Mask aligners
  • Mask writers
  • Metal-organic chemical vapor deposition MOCVD systems
  • Molecular beam epitaxy MBE systems
  • Molecular vapor deposition MVD systems
  • Nanoimprint lithography NIL systems
  • Optical compound microscopes
  • Optical profilers
  • Optical thin film measurement systems
  • Optical tweezers
  • Oxidation furnaces
  • Parallel plate reactive ion etchers RIE
  • Parametric analyzers
  • Particle counters
  • Photoelectron spectroscopes
  • Photoresist dispensing systems
  • Photoresist spin coaters
  • Pipettes
  • Pirani gauges
  • Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems
  • Plasma etchers
  • Profilometers
  • Protective gowns
  • Rapid thermal annealers RTA
  • Residual gas analyzers
  • Respirators
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety showers
  • Scanning acoustic microscopes
  • Scanning electron microscopes SEM
  • Scanning probe microscopes SPM
  • Scanning tunneling microscopes STM
  • Secondary ion mass spectrometers SIMS
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Spectroscopic ellipsometers
  • Spin dryers
  • Spin processors
  • Sputter coaters
  • Thermal evaporators
  • Transmission electron microscopes TEM
  • Turbo pumps
  • Ultrasonic cleaners
  • Ultrasonic welding equipment
  • Ultraviolet ozone cleaners
  • Vacuum hotplates
  • Vacuum ovens
  • Wafer substrate bonders
  • Wire bonders
  • X ray diffractometers
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Image analysis software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Optical imaging systems
  • Simulation software
  • SPMLab

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980