Programming Equipment Operator

Tend equipment that transfers programmed information onto circuits.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Programming Equipment Operators do?

Tends equipment that automatically transfers programmed information onto integrated circuits on dies or IC packages, such as PROMs: Reads work order that accompanies ICs for processing to determine programming specifications. Secures master PROM or die in equipment. Keys in codes, using computer keyboard and presses buttons to activate equipment that reproduces master program in programmer. Observes digital displays on equipment to ensure that master program is not defective and to determine when reproduction of program is completed in programmer. Positions blank PROMs and pushes lever to lock PROMs in sockets of programmer; or positions blank dies on platform of die probe equipment, views dies through microscope, and turns knobs on equipment to position specified areas of dies under probes prior to programming. Presses switches to activate programmer that reproduces program on blank PROMs or dies. Observes defect indicator lights to detect defective PROMs or dies and to determine completion of programming. Maintains production records. May load defective PROMs into equipment that exposes PROMs to ultraviolet light for timed intervals to erase programmed information in order to reuse PROMs.


Should I be a Programming Equipment Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Cleaning and Washing Equipment Operator

    How to Become a
    Programming Equipment Operator

    Programming Equipment Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Programming Equipment Operator-related education!
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