In a typical work setting, semiconductor processing operators:
- Have a low level of social interaction on the job. Clean room rules call for little or no conversation as a way to protect delicate microcircuits from particles.
- Are responsible for the health and safety of coworkers.
- Have limited responsibility for the work done by other operators.
- Talk to others over the telephone or in person.
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- Often work as part of a team.
Physical Work Conditions
- Always work indoors in clean rooms and other parts of fabrication plants.
- Always wear protective gear called, "bunny suits," while in clean rooms. Workers take air showers before they enter the clean rooms.
- Are regularly exposed to hazardous conditions and contaminants, such as solvents. Health and safety risks are low when workers observe safety precautions.
- Are sometimes exposed to loud sounds and distracting noise levels.
- Must be sure that all details are done completely in each step of the fabrication process.
- Must be exact and accurate in each step of the process. Errors can result in expensive losses, such as damage to workstation equipment or to microchips.
- Repeat the same physical activities over and over while remaining alert and interested in doing a good job.
- Pace their work to match the speed of the equipment they use.
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- Usually make decisions and set daily tasks and goals with input from a supervisor.
- Must meet strict weekly deadlines.
- Work at least 40 hours a week. Overtime is frequent.
- May work four, ten-hour shifts each week, or rotate shifts with other workers.
- Generally work a set schedule.