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Working As a Cleanroom Technician

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • $26,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Cleanroom Technician Do

Industrial engineering technicians help industrial engineers implement designs to use personnel, materials, and machines effectively. They prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs.

Duties

Industrial engineering technicians typically do the following:

  • Suggest revisions to methods of operation, material handling, or equipment layout
  • Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, and formulas
  • Confer with management or engineering staff to determine quality and reliability standards
  • Recommend changes to production standards in order to achieve the best quality within the limits of the capabilities of the equipment
  • Help plan work assignments, taking into account workers’ performance, the capabilities of machines, and production schedules
  • Prepare charts, graphs, and diagrams to illustrate workflow, routing, floor layouts, how materials are handled, and how machines are used
  • Collect data to assist in process improvement activities

Industrial engineering technicians study the time and steps workers take to do a task (time and motion studies). To set reasonable production rates, they consider how workers perform operations such as maintenance, production, and service.

They also observe workers to make sure that equipment is being used and maintained according to quality assurance standards. They then evaluate the resulting data to recommend or justify changes to the operations or to the standards for improving quality and efficiency.

Industrial engineering technicians’ versatility allows them to be useful in a variety of projects. For example, they work in supply chain management to help businesses minimize inventory costs, in quality assurance to help businesses keep their customers satisfied, and in the growing field of project management to control costs and maximize efficiencies.

Industrial engineering technicians generally work in teams under the supervision of industrial engineers.

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How To Become A Cleanroom Technician

Industrial engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Community colleges and technical institutes generally offer associate’s degree programs, and vocational–technical schools offer certificate programs.

Education

High school students interested in becoming industrial engineering technicians should take courses in math, science, and drafting, where available. Courses that help students develop computer skills are helpful when the students later need to learn computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing software, known as CAD/CAM.

Postsecondary programs in industrial engineering are offered at vocational–technical schools, technical institutes, and community colleges. Vocational–technical schools and technical institutes serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers. These programs generally award a certificate. Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes, but usually include more theory-based and liberal arts courses. Students who complete these programs earn associate’s degrees.

ABET accredits engineering and engineering technology programs.

Generally, prospective industrial engineering technicians should major in applied science, industrial technology, or industrial engineering technology.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Industrial engineering technicians must be able to help industrial engineers figure out how systems should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Communication skills. Industrial engineering technicians receive instructions from industrial engineers. They must be able to clearly understand and follow instructions and communicate problems to their supervisors.

Critical-thinking skills. Industrial engineering technicians must be able to help industrial engineers figure out why certain processes or operations are not working as well as they might. They must ask the right questions to identify and correct weaknesses.

Detail oriented. Industrial engineering technicians must gather and record measurements and observations needed by industrial engineers.

Math skills. Industrial engineering technicians use the principles of mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Observational skills. These technicians spend much of their time evaluating the performance of other people or organizations and then make suggestions for improvements or corrective action. They must gather and record information without interfering with workers in their environments.

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Average Yearly Salary
$26,000
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$23,000
Min 10%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
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$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
CryoLife
Highest Paying City
Sunnyvale, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Cleanroom Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Cleanroom Technician in the United States is $26,891 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $23,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $31,000.

Top Skills for A Cleanroom Technician

  1. Particle Counts
  2. Semiconductor
  3. GMP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed the flushing and particle counts, cleaning and assembly of various valves.
  • Maintained precision equipment used for creating semiconductors.
  • Trained in GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Procedures and Forklift Safety Practices and Procedures.
  • Executed in outer layers inspection in preparation for final inspection defects.
  • Operated a wet bench, computer polishers and other equipment associated with a class 10 clean room environment, and soldering.

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Top 10 Best States for Cleanroom Technicians

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  2. Maine
  3. Alaska
  4. Utah
  5. North Dakota
  6. New Mexico
  7. Oregon
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Montana
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Cleanroom Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

57.9%

Female

29.7%

Unknown

12.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.1%

Hispanic or Latino

20.0%

Black or African American

9.8%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.7%

Chinese

5.9%

French

5.9%

Dari

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Cantonese

5.9%

Mandarin

5.9%
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Cleanroom Technician Education

Schools

Portland Community College

13.0%

University of Phoenix

11.1%

Lincoln Technical Institute

7.4%

Austin Community College

7.4%

Morgan State University

5.6%

North Carolina Central University

5.6%

ECPI University

3.7%

Central New Mexico Community College

3.7%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

3.7%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%

Midwestern University

3.7%

Everest Institute

3.7%

University of North Texas

3.7%

Quinsigamond Community College

3.7%

Monroe Community College

3.7%

Gwinnett Technical College

3.7%

Spartanburg Technical College

3.7%

Colorado State University

3.7%

ITT Technical Institute-Phoenix

1.9%
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Majors

Business

15.0%

Electrical Engineering

10.6%

Pharmacy

8.0%

Biology

8.0%

Medical Assisting Services

7.1%

Criminal Justice

6.2%

Computer Information Systems

4.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.4%

Physics

4.4%

Education

4.4%

General Studies

3.5%

Graphic Design

3.5%

Management

2.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.7%

Health Care Administration

2.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.7%

Chemistry

2.7%

Nursing

2.7%

Psychology

2.7%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

32.6%

Bachelors

29.5%

Associate

21.2%

Certificate

7.8%

Masters

3.6%

Diploma

3.6%

Doctorate

1.6%
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