Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: Z1005 / Microelectronics Tech
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 09

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Operates a variety of semiconductor processing, testing, and assembly equipment to assist engineering staff in development, fabrication, and/or modification of electronic circuitry chips, devices, and machinery in a research laboratory and cleanroom environment, using knowledge of microelectronic processing equipment, procedures, and specifications.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Designs basic circuitry and prepares rough sketches for design documentation as directed by engineers, using drafting instruments and computer-assisted design/drafting software applications.
  2. Tests developmental semiconductor devices or sample units and evaluates test equipment to develop data for engineering evaluation of new designs or special studies.
  3. Builds, modifies, and repairs electronic components, using a variety of electromechanical, electronic, vacuum, and mechanical systems associated with semiconductor research laboratories; operates various test equipment, such as oscilloscopes, logic and test probes, and calibrators to verify product conformance to processing specifications.
  4. Evaluates, calibrates, and tests new equipment, circuits, and fixtures, using testing equipment such as oscilloscopes, logic and test probes, and calibrators.
  5. Performs preventive maintenance, calibration, and repair of utility, process and test equipment; troubleshoots computer interfaces to equipment.
  6. Assists engineering faculty, staff, and students in development of processing and testing techniques and laboratory equipment.
  7. Facilitates operation and maintenance of cleanroom, ensuring adherence to established standards. Works with vendors and contractors.
  8. May assist in interpretation and evaluation of processing and research data and in preparation of related reports.
  9. May assist in technical writing of semiconductor processing specifications.
  10. Maintains an inventory of parts, supplies, and equipment required to maintain a cleanroom and affiliated research laboratory.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of computer assisted design/drafting (CADD) equipment.
  • Ability to develop and illustrate basic electronic circuitry according to design parameters and engineering instructions.
  • Ability to test and evaluate semiconductor devices and electronic equipment.
  • Ability to use a range of systems and processes to fabricate and/or modify electronic components for semiconductor research.
  • Ability to utilize electronic calibration and testing equipment.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex, detailed technical instructions.
  • Knowledge of microelectronic cleanliness and quality standards.
  • Ability to identify and resolve computer/equipment interface problems.
  • Ability to perform preventive maintenance according to published guidelines.
  • Knowledge of microelectronics testing procedures and laboratory equipment.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Designing basic circuitry using drafting instruments and computer assisted design/drafting software applications; b) testing semiconductor devices and evaluating test equipment to develop data for evaluation of new designs; c) building and modifiying electronic components; d) evaluating, calibrating and testing new equipment, circuits and fixtures; and e) facilitating operation and maintenance of cleanroom.

Conditions of Employment

  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017