Semiconductor Wafer Processing Inspector

Inspect semiconductor wafers.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Semiconductor Wafer Processing Inspectors do?

Inspects semiconductor wafers, using microscope, to identify processing defects: Places wafers on stage of microscope, using tweezers or vacuum wand. Examines surface of wafer and test patterns on wafers, using microscope, and compares wafers to specification diagrams to identify processing defects, such as scratches, contamination, pattern misalignment, photoresist peel, and circuit bridges. Measures specified dimensions of test patterns on wafers, using electronic measuring devices attached to microscope at work station, to verify that wafers meet company specifications. Routes defective wafers to engineering department. Records observations onto processing sheets and log. Cleans inspecting area, using cleaning solution.


Should I be a Semiconductor Wafer Processing Inspector?

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.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Inspector, Semiconductor Wafer Processing

    How to Become a
    Semiconductor Wafer Processing Inspector

    Most Semiconductor Wafer Processing Inspectors 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:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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