How to Become a Semiconductor Processor

As the computer and electronics industry grows substantially, many related fields are in need of skilled, intelligent workers to fill certain employment gaps. If you are looking for a truly unique profession, then you could become a semiconductor processor. Here are the steps that you will need to take in order to become a semiconductor processor.

How to Become a Semiconductor Processor
$33,130
Associates Degree
None
Moderate-term
21,100
-18%
(3,800)
Find Related CareersSOURCE: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • The very first step to becoming a semiconductor processor is to finish your education. You will need to get your high school diploma or your GED and then look into taking post high school classes.
  • A lot of semiconductor processors have gone to get an associate’s degree in manufacturing and microelectronics. In some job areas you may even need to get a bachelor’s degree and major in engineering or the physical sciences. As electronics in the plants continue to become more complex it will become even more important to stay current on technology.
  • Once you have landed the job you will have to go through the training programs that each company has for their new employees. The length of each training period varies from company to company. By the end of your training you will know how to operate the equipment needed to make and test each processing piece.
  • Take advantage of each new training class that your employer offers. The more you know and can do the better chances you will have to move up in the company.

Types of Skills You Will Need

  • As a processor of semiconductors you will need to be able to think on your feet quickly. You will need to be able to discover potential issues and figure out solutions while the parts are being manufactured.
  • You will also need to be able to pay attention to details.
  • Take the time to learn about some of the materials that the conductors are made of. You will need to be able to identify certain elements.
  • You must also understand technical language. Many of manuals and information packets that detail conductors will use language that is high tech.

What You Can Expect as a Semiconductor Processor

  • As a semiconductor processor you can come to expect a median salary of $33,130 per year. You also can look forward to an average $15.93 per hour.
  • As of 2010 there was 21,100 semiconductor jobs positions held in the United States. The more technology is improved on the more of a need for a semiconductor there will be.
  • You can also expect to watch over the manufacturing process of semiconductors. Your work of building semiconductors are the pieces that make cell phones work and cars run. These pieces of technology are just about found in everything.
  • Your work environment will be known as a clean zone. A clean zone is an area that is free from dirt and in some cases static electricity. You may have to wear an over suit over your clothing to prevent cross contamination.
  • You can expect to work a full weeks worth of hours. And like other jobs there can be the chance for overtime from week to week. Weekly hours will be set by your employer and can be subject to change based on the present work load of the processor plant.

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