Computer Chip Technicians


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Computer Chip Technicians

Computer Chip Technicians - Overview

Semiconductor processing operators make wafers and microchips for cell phones, computers, and other digital devices.

Operators work in clean rooms and wear protective gear. Following work orders, they operate and monitor machines that slice silicon crystals into wafers. They inspect wafers for surface defects and load the wafers onto machines that etch circuitry onto them.

Operators use robots to polish, and clean the circuits using chemical solvents or gases.

Operators test circuits and measure them to see that they work properly and meet semiconductor standards. They clean and maintain equipment and work area.

They count, sort, and weigh the products produced. They stamp identification codes into each one. They package and seal them for shipping. Operators also keep records of each step in the process.

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