Wafer fab operators manage machines which create microchips for electronic devices such as computers and cell phones, and also work with a variety components and materials relating to semiconductors and integrated circuits.
The machines will perform tasks such as sawing and heat-treating, and the operator must analyze the results and ensure that all equipment works and meets certain quality standards. When machinery is not working properly or producing substantial results, wafer fab operators may need to perform some troubleshooting or refer the matter to the appropriate supervisor.
This job must be performed with the utmost care, attention to detail, and cleanliness, and wafer fab operators usually wear a suit over regular clothes in order to prevent contamination. Repetitive movements are often necessary in this position, and these operators generally work in a clean room which may occasionally be noisy. The products made may change over time, so it is important to be able to read blueprints and other technical documents. Above all, wafer fab operators should strive meet productivity goals while ensuring the highest-quality results, and the ability to work independently is ideal for the position. A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement, and some employers require experience while others offer entry-level training for new workers.
Wafer Fab Operator Tasks
Report problems with equipment, materials and environment.
Calibrate and operate wafer processing equipment, checking for quality and measurements.
Follow clean room procedures and guidelines.
Log hours, materials and equipment information.