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VP ENGINEERING & OPERATIONS: If You Want To Know How Something Works, Ask Questions

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Jean is vice president of engineering and operations at a semiconductor processing facility. She was hired at her company in order to set up a lab and develop a process for making semiconductors. She oversees the operations of the facility and its engineers in order to make sure the experiments are being run and on task. She was inspired to go into the engineering field by her father, who was also an engineer.

Degree: Engineering - Materials Sciences
Job Title: Vice President of Engineering and Operations

Job Summary: Semiconductor Processors

Job Description

Semiconductor processors oversee the manufacturing of electronic semiconductors, which are commonly known as integrated circuits or microchips. These microchips are found in all electronic devices including cell phones, cars, and laptopsand are an important part of modern life. Microchips must be kept completely clean and free of impurities.

Semiconductor processors typically do the following:

-Look over work orders, instructions, and processing charts to determine a work schedule.
-Monitor machines that slice silicon crystals into wafers for processing.
-Use robots to clean and polish the silicon wafers.
-Load wafers into the equipment that creates patterns and forms the electronic circuitry.
-Set and adjust controls to regulate the manufacturing equipment’s power level, temperature, and other process parameters.
-Adjust the process equipment and repair as needed during the manufacturing process.
-Test completed microchips to ensure they work properly.
-Review the manufacturing process and suggest improvements.

Semiconductor processors, also known as process technicians, are largely responsible for quality control in the manufacturing process. They check equipment regularly for problems and test completed chips to make sure they work properly. If a problem with a chip does arise, they determine if it is due to contamination of that particular wafer or if it was caused by a flaw in the manufacturing process.

On-the-Job Training

1 month to 1 year of on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$25,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
-10 to -20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Likes working with hands

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