To work as a semiconductor processing operator, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some semiconductor processing operators learn their skills through formal training programs. Professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer programs in electronics or semiconductor technology. You can earn a one-year certificate in semiconductor technology.
Some employers prefer to hire people who have an associate degree in electronics technology. Sometimes you can work part time in a semiconductor processing plant while completing your associate degree. Employers may pay your tuition costs if you earn good grades.
Summer work in a semiconductor processing plant is good experience for this occupation. You can learn what kind of education is important for the field.
Once hired, many operators work as trainees. They learn from experienced workers and graduate to more complicated tasks as their knowledge grows. This type of training may take up to a year to complete.
Many associate degree programs require that you complete an internship to get hands-on experience. Many employers also require that you take 40 hours of training every year to stay up to date with the technology.