Semiconductor Wafers Etch Operator

Tend etch machines and equipment that remove metal and photoresist.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Semiconductor Wafers Etch Operators do?

Tends etch machine and equipment that remove metal and photoresist and etches electronic circuitry into metallized substrate of wafer surface, according to processing specifications: Places wafers in boats, using tweezers or vacuum wand. Places boats in etch machine or equipment. Turns dials, sets timer and gauges on equipment, or presses buttons on machine to activate etch cycle to etch or remove materials from wafer surface, such as metal or photoresist. Inspects wafer to verify that wafers are not over-etched and that photoresist has been removed, using microscope. May measure specified dimensions of wafers, using microscope measuring attachment. May manually immerse loaded boats into chemical solution baths to etch circuitry into wafer surface.

Should I be a Semiconductor Wafers Etch Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Chemical Etch Operator, Etch Operator, Semiconductor Wafers

    How to Become a
    Semiconductor Wafers Etch Operator

    Most Semiconductor Wafers Etch 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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