What Does a Microelectronics Manufacturer Do?

Although much of electronics manufacturing is automated, the machines and equipment still need to be monitored to see that they are operating correctly. A Microelectronics Manufacturer (630A) works with the automated equipment used to manufacture high technology integrated circuits and modules, and makes sure that it is working correctly.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • setting up, operating, monitoring and problem solving problems with automated processes
  • running and adjusting automated machinery
  • following clean-room instructions
  • interpreting drawings, blueprints and diagrams
  • operating robotics and automation equipment

Additional information on training standards for this particular trades in the Service sector may be found on the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) website at: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/wp-content/uploads/MICRO-ELECTRONICS-MANUFACTURER-630A-SOT-EN.km_.pdf

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

A Microelectronics Manufacturer is a voluntary certified trade in the service sector, which means that it does not require a valid Certificate of Apprenticeship to work in the trade. However, apprenticeship training may be available and is recommended.

Grade 12 or equivalent (GED or ACE) and age 16 is the legal minimum requirement to be apprenticed in this trade. Completion of an apprenticeship includes 3697 hour (approx 2 year) on-the-job and 303 hours of in-school training. Apprentices will learn how to best follow safety and health practices, read and interpret blueprints and diagrams, and adjust and maintain machinery. To succeed in this trade, you should possess fine motor skills and have the ability to stand to operate machinery. This is the minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the (OCTAA) Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.

What’s Your Future as a Microelectronics Manufacturer?

Microelectronics Manufacturers primarily work indoors, quite often performing repetitive tasks. 

Employment for this occupation is expected to grow more rapidly than the average for all occupations through the next few years, as increasing consumer demand for computers and other electronic equipment is met by manufacturing companies. In the production process, the introduction of new technologies will put a premium on those workers with good computer literacy skills to work with the new equipment.

Employers who hire Microelectronic Manufacturers include: 

  • High technology firms
  • Electronics manufacturing plants
  • Electrical and electronic machinery wholesalers
  • Business machine manufacturers
  • Motor vehicle parts manufacturers

Wage Rate

  • An Apprentice earns less than a Journeyperson, but as your skills and expertise improve, your wage increases
  • Fully qualified Microelectronics Manufacturers can earn an average of $10.25-  $15 per hour, with an average wage of $12.95 per hour, not including overtime or benefits

Self-Rating

Ask Yourself: Is Working as a Microelectronics Manufacturer For You?

Would you be willing to work indoors, performing repetitive tasks?

Yes      No

Do you have strong analytical problem solving skills?

Yes      No

Do you have good fine motor skills and manual dexterity?

Yes      No

Do you like to work with your hands?

Yes      No

Are you physically fit and able to stand for long periods of time, operating machinery?

Yes      No

Can you work independently?

Yes      No

Can you read and interpret blueprints and diagrams?

Yes      No

If you answered Yes to most of these questions, a career as a Microelectronics Manufacturer may be for You!

You may also want to explore other careers that require similar interests and skills, such as:

  • Electronics Assembler
  • Wave Soldering Machine Operator
  • Electronics Inspector
  • Electronic Service Technician

 

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