Nanofabrication Engineer

Design nano-chips for electronic products.
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Salary Range
$50,000 – $139,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Nanofabrication Engineers do?

A Nanofabrication Engineer is a new type of Engineer who designs and builds tiny products and devices that are measured not in yards, feet, or inches, but rather in nanometers — which are one-millionth of a millimeter. That might sound like Hollywood science fiction. After all, Hollywood is filled with tall tales about small people: “The Incredible Shrinking Man,” for instance, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” “Beetlejuice,” and “Alice in Wonderland,” all of which feature characters that are shrunk down to miniature versions of themselves for the entertainment and amusement of audiences everywhere.

What’s science fiction in the world of cinema, however, is science fact in the world of technology, where the burgeoning science of nanotechnology makes miniscule manufacturing possible with the help of the Nanofabrication Engineer.

When you’re a Nanofabrication Engineer, the devices that you currently build consist mostly of computer chips that are used by Computer Engineers to create microprocessors, and by Biomedical Engineers to create medical devices. In the future, however, nanofabrication could be used by Aerospace Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Industrial Engineers, and others to fabricate at a cellular level new substances that are thinner, lighter, stronger, and more flexible than conventional manufacturing materials, resulting in taller buildings, faster airplanes, and more efficient cars, among other things.

Like all Engineers, your job as a Nanofabrication Engineer is using scientific principles to create designs for new products and solutions. Your days are therefore spent drafting designs, making calculations, and testing prototypes, just like a typical Engineer. Because you work at the nano level, however, your coworkers aren’t just people. They’re atoms, and it’s your mission to determine the best ways to manipulate them on your way to making new technologies.

Should I be a Nanofabrication Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Automation Application Engineer

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