Crystal Grower

Set up and operate furnaces to grow semiconductor crystals.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Crystal Growers do?

Sets up and operates furnaces to grow semiconductor crystals from materials, such as silicon, quartz, or gallium arsenide: Loads furnace with seed crystal, dopant, and crystal growing materials, such as polysilicon, quartz, gallium arsenide, or remelt. Reads work order and adjusts furnace controls to regulate operating conditions, such as power level, temperature, vacuum, and rotation speed, according to crystal growing specifications. Monitors meltdown of growing material and crystal growth, and adjusts furnace controls. Shuts down furnace and unloads crystal ingot after cooling. May clean inside furnace, using vacuum cleaner and cleaning supplies, and replace furnace liner and other parts. May weigh and crop crystal ingot, slice sample wafer, measure and test ingot for resistivity, and determine crystal orientation [INSPECTOR, CRYSTAL 726.684-054]. May operate computer controls to regulate furnace conditions.


Should I be a Crystal Grower?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Crystal Growing Furnace Operator

    How to become a Crystal Grower

    Most Crystal Growers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:a9bbaa&chl=|no+college+%2896%25%29|certificate+%282%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,96
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