Seed Core Operator

Perform duties to produce seed cores from silicon crystal ingots.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Seed Core Operators do?

Performs following duties to produce seed cores from silicon crystal ingots for use in crystal growing process: Tends saw that cuts ingot into specified lengths. Determines crystal orientation of ingot sections, using x-ray equipment, and draws orientation lines on ingot. Positions ingot sections on chuck of drill according to crystal orientation and activates drill that automatically removes seed core from ingot. Grinds seed core to smooth rough edges, using sanding machine, and x rays and marks seed core to indicate crystal orientation. Tends machine that cuts groove in seed core. Cleans seed core to remove contaminants, using ultrasonic and etching equipment. Wraps finished crystal in protective paper. Records production information.

Should I be a Seed Core Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Probe Operator, Resistor Coater, Weight-Count Operator, Wire Saw Operator

    How to become a Seed Core Operator

    Most Seed Core Operators 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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