On the Job
Microsystems Engineers research, design, develop, or test microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices. "MEMS" is the technology of very small devices. These devices might be used in products such as cameras, laser printers, or smart phones.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
- Investigate the environmental impact of projects.
- Research engineering applications of emerging technologies.
- Research industrial processes or operations.
- Conduct quantitative failure analyses of operational data.
- Create graphical representations of mechanical equipment.
- Create models of engineering designs or methods.
- Design alternative energy systems.
- Design electromechanical equipment or systems.
- Design electronic or computer equipment or instrumentation.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Working with a group or team.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
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