Nanosystems Engineer

Also called: Durability Engineer, Nanoelectronics Engineer, Nanofabrication Engineer, Nanofabrication Research Engineer, Nanoindentation Applications Engineer

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Nanosystems engineers design, develop, or supervise the production of materials, devices, or systems of unique molecular or macromolecular composition, applying principles of nanoscale physics and electrical, chemical, or biological engineering.

  • Write proposals to secure external funding or to partner with other companies.
  • Synthesize, process, or characterize nanomaterials, using advanced tools or techniques.
  • Supervise technologists or technicians engaged in nanotechnology research or production.
  • Prepare reports, deliver presentations, or participate in program review activities to communicate engineering results or recommendations.
  • Provide scientific or technical guidance or expertise to scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians, or others, using knowledge of chemical, analytical, or biological processes as applied to micro and nanoscale systems.
  • Conduct research related to a range of nanotechnology topics, such as packaging, heat transfer, fluorescence detection, nanoparticle dispersion, hybrid systems, liquid systems, nanocomposites, nanofabrication, optoelectronics, or nanolithography.
  • Identify new applications for existing nanotechnologies.
  • Design or conduct tests of new nanotechnology products, processes, or systems.
  • Develop processes or identify equipment needed for pilot or commercial nanoscale scale production.
  • Generate high-resolution images or measure force-distance curves, using techniques such as atomic force microscopy.
  • Design nano-enabled products with reduced toxicity, increased durability, or improved energy efficiency.
  • Provide technical guidance or support to customers on topics such as nanosystem start-up, maintenance, or use.
  • Prepare nanotechnology-related invention disclosures or patent applications.
  • Engineer production processes for specific nanotechnology applications, such as electroplating, nanofabrication, or epoxy.
  • Design or engineer nanomaterials, nanodevices, nano-enabled products, or nanosystems, using three-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Develop catalysis or other green chemistry methods to synthesize nanomaterials, such as nanotubes, nanocrystals, nanorods, or nanowires.
  • Apply nanotechnology to improve the performance or reduce the environmental impact of energy products, such as fuel cells or solar cells.
  • Create designs or prototypes for nanosystem applications, such as biomedical delivery systems or atomic force microscopes.
  • Design nanosystems with components such as nanocatalysts or nanofiltration devices to clean specific pollutants from hazardous waste sites.
  • Coordinate or supervise the work of suppliers or vendors in the designing, building, or testing of nanosystem devices, such as lenses or probes.
  • Design nano-based manufacturing processes to minimize water, chemical, or energy use, as well as to reduce waste production.
  • Design nanoparticle catalysts to detect or remove chemical or other pollutants from water, soil, or air.
  • Reengineer nanomaterials to improve biodegradability.
  • Integrate nanotechnology with antimicrobial properties into products, such as household or medical appliances, to reduce the development of bacteria or other microbes.
  • Develop green building nanocoatings, such as self-cleaning, anti-stain, depolluting, anti-fogging, anti-icing, antimicrobial, moisture-resistant, or ultraviolet protectant coatings.
Work Context
  • Electronic Mail — 96% responded "Every day".
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 92% responded "Every day".
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 53% responded "Every day".
  • Telephone — 48% responded "Every day".
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 48% responded "Very important".
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 50% responded "Extremely important".
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 46% responded "Some freedom".
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Work Activities
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Prepare proposal documents.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Operate precision equipment to control microscopic or nanoscopic processes.
  • Identify new applications for existing technologies.
  • Advise customers on the use of products or services.
  • Measure physical or chemical properties of materials or objects.
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Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Physics
  • Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Mathematics
  • Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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Skills

Critical Thinking
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Science
  • Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
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Abilities

Oral Comprehension
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Inductive Reasoning
  • The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Oral Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning
  • The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Operating system software
  • Linux Hot Technology
Computer aided design CAD software
  • PTC Creo Parametric Hot Technology
  • Optical Research Associates LightTools Hot Technology
  • IMSI Design DesignCAD Hot Technology
  • LinkCAD Hot Technology
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Hot Technology
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Hot Technology
  • Breault Research ASAP Hot Technology
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot Technology
  • Tanner EDA L-Edit Hot Technology
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA Hot Technology
Development environment software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW Hot Technology
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Education

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