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Microsystems Engineer

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AVG. SALARY

$96,100

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EDUCATION

Bachelor's degree

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JOB OUTLOOK

Stable

What They Do

Researches, designs, develops, or tests microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Creates schematics and physical layouts of integrated microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) components or packaged assemblies consistent with process, functional, or package constraints.
  • Investigates characteristics such as cost, performance, or process capability of potential microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device designs, using simulation or modeling software.
  • Creates or maintains formal engineering documents, such as schematics, bills of materials, components or materials specifications, or packaging requirements.
  • Conducts analyses addressing issues such as failure, reliability, or yield improvement.
  • Plans or schedules engineering research or development projects involving microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology.
  • Proposes product designs involving microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology, considering market data or customer requirements.
  • Develops formal documentation for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices, including quality assurance guidance, quality control protocols, process control checklists, data collection, or reporting.
  • Communicates operating characteristics or performance experience to other engineers or designers for training or new product development purposes.
  • Evaluates materials, fabrication methods, joining methods, surface treatments, or packaging to ensure acceptable processing, performance, cost, sustainability, or availability.
  • Refines final microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) design to optimize design for target dimensions, physical tolerances, or processing constraints.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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Contact

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    From outside the U.S., please call +1 (424) 750-3900
  • North Dakota Career Resource Network
    ndcrn@nd.gov | (701) 328-9733

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