Semiconductor engineers generally work with semiconductors, which are devices which conduct heat between a conductor and insulator. They also work directly or indirectly with computers to develop, test, and implement semiconductors for everyday use and are responsible for identifying and resolving a variety of problems which may arise.
Semiconductor engineers are often tasked with custom-designing semiconductors for companies which may want specifically requested items. Through processes called wafer bonding and etching, these engineers create the desired pathways atop the silicon wafer that will make up the semiconductor as a whole when the product is finished.
A bachelor’s degree in engineering with an emphasis in computers may be required for this position, and some employers may also prefer those with a background in software engineering. Aspiring semiconductor engineers may benefit highly from internships with experienced engineers in the field to gain some on-the-job experience. Diligence and interpersonal skills are important in this position, as these engineers have frequent contact with employees of product manufacturing companies in order to relay information.
Semiconductor Engineer Tasks
- Provide engineering software support.
- Identify and remedy software inconsistencies.
- Research, design, develop, test, and integrate semiconductor-related systems, software, structures, interfaces, and modules.