Semiconductor Component Engineer

Design, plan and implement the parts a semiconductor uses.
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Salary Range
$54,000 – $129,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Semiconductor Component Engineers do?

Creative yet practical, efficient yet inexpensive, good semiconductor components are designed using the best combination of materials. Semiconductor Component Engineers specialize in all the parts and pieces that make semiconductors work. Design, planning, and implementation are the responsibilities of the Semiconductor Component Engineer, often working alongside Product Design Engineers, with plenty of time devoted to researching and testing different design techniques.

As a Semiconductor Component Engineer, you merge a love of science with a passion for exploration. By testing materials at the atomic level, you can create materials that give the desired results and cost little to produce. When forming semiconductor components, small sizes and low costs matter most.

Your work consists of three parts: research, creation, and documentation. First, you have to develop new ideas, and this takes lots of research and testing. For every improvement you make, you have 10 failures along the way.

Once you have an idea, you spend hours testing it in the lab until it works the way you want. Maybe you’re testing different metals or changing the size of your components. Whatever the test, careful monitoring and attention to detail create accurate results.

Finally, you assemble the product and write up the documentation. Computer Scientists and other Engineers use this documentation to understand and improve upon your product. Your semiconductors may be small, but they make big changes in the world of technology.

Should I be a Semiconductor Component Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to Become a
    Semiconductor Component Engineer

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