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Semiconductor Technician

Semiconductor technicians are highly skilled workers who test new kinds of semiconductor devices being designed for use in many kinds of modern electronic equipment. They may also test samples of devices already in production to assess production techniques. 

These technicians help develop and evaluate the test equipment used to gather information about the semiconductor devices. Working under the direction provided by engineers in research laboratory settings, they assist in the design and planning for later production or help to improve production yields.

Similar Title: Semiconductor Engineer

Semiconductor Technician

What does a Semiconductor Technician do?

Semiconductor Technician

The role of a semiconductor technician is to maintain and assess manufacturing equipment and the products made at a semiconductor facility. As a semiconductor technician, you perform routine inspections and experiments of all the products. From these experiments, you collect data and perform analysis and evaluation work to determine if the products meet the engineering and design standards set out in the blueprints and schematics. Other duties include ensuring all production equipment is regularly maintained and calibrated for production, as well as troubleshooting any issues you find.

There are many steps that occur in processing semiconductors into integrated circuits. The technicians involved in these processes are called semiconductor development technicians and semiconductor process technicians. They may be involved in several or many of the steps of semiconductor manufacturing, depending on where they work. Often, semiconductor technicians function as a link between the engineering staff and the production staff in the large-scale manufacturing of semiconductor products.

  • Design Skills

    Semiconductor technicians design and develop systems, modules, software, structures and interfaces.

  • Statistical Process Control

    SPC is a method that uses statistical tools and charts to analyze a process or procedure over time. This could reveal an error in production or an internal system by highlighting data points outside the expected results.

  • Data Analysis

    These engineers support engineering projects by participating in experimental testing and data collection by carrying out research and storing important and necessary information

  • Maintenance Knowledge

    These technicians monitor systems performance to ensure efficiency and coordinated routine maintenance and cleaning of equipment.



Semiconductor technicians earn an average yearly salary of $45,910


Starting-level semiconductor technician earnings begin at:

$14.34 per hour
$29,830 per year

Senior-level semiconductor technician earnings begin at:

$26.88 per hour
$55,910 per year

Mid-level semiconductor technician earnings begin at:

$19.17 per hour
$39,870 per year

Top-level semiconductor technician earnings begin at:

$34.74 per hour
$72,260 per year

Junior-level semiconductor technician earnings begin at:

$17.35 per hour
$36,100 per year

These are 2021 national salary averages and may fluctuate based on location.

What does the workplace for a Semiconductor Technician look like?

The work of semiconductor technicians is not physically strenuous and is usually done in an extremely clean environment. Technicians may work with hazardous chemicals, however, and proper safety precautions must be strictly followed. Because of the large demand for semiconductors and related devices, many facilities operate with two 12-hour shifts, meaning that a technician may be assigned to the night or weekend shift, or on a rotating schedule.

Because of the need for an extremely clean environment, technicians are required to wear clean-suits (known as bunny suits) to keep dust, lint, and dirt out of the clean room where the production takes place. Their entry and exit into the clean room is controlled to minimize contamination; changing into a clean suit is required for each and every entry to the room.

An important component in most manufacturing processes is the speed with which products are produced. Workers may find themselves under a great deal of pressure to maintain a certain level of production volume. The ability to work well in a sometimes-stressful environment is an important quality for any prospective semiconductor technician.

How to Become a Semiconductor Technician?

Semiconductor Engineer

To become a semiconductor manufacturing technician, you typically need to have several years of technical experience or training, which can include on-the-job training, a vocational training program, or an associate degree in electrical engineering or electronics design. In addition to these qualifications, you need strong technical skills and attention to detail, as well as knowledge of data collection methods, experiment set-up, and safety procedures.

Technician jobs semiconductor technology require at least an associate’s degree in electronics or electrical engineering or technology. Students may attend a two-year program at a community college or vocational school. Students interested in a career at the engineering level should consider studying for a bachelor’s degree. The trend toward greater specialization within the industry may make a bachelor’s degree more desirable over an associate’s degree in the future.

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