Computer Chip Technicians

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Computer Chip Technicians

Computer Chip Technicians - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, semiconductor processing operators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.

Work Performance

  • 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.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.