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Nanosystems Engineers - 17-2199.09

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Advanced Research Programs Director
  • Microarray Operations Vice President
  • Research Scientist
  • Scientist
  • Technical Programs Manager

SOC Occupation Groups

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
17-2000 Engineers
17-2190 Miscellaneous Engineers
17-2199.00 Engineers, All Other
17-2199.09 Nanosystems Engineers

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Tasks

  • Apply nanotechnology to improve the performance or reduce the environmental impact of energy products, such as fuel cells or solar cells.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate or supervise the work of suppliers or vendors in the designing, building, or testing of nanosystem devices, such as lenses or probes.
  • Create designs or prototypes for nanosystem applications, such as biomedical delivery systems or atomic force microscopes.
  • Design nano-based manufacturing processes to minimize water, chemical, or energy use, as well as to reduce waste production.
  • Design nano-enabled products with reduced toxicity, increased durability, or improved energy efficiency.
  • Design nanoparticle catalysts to detect or remove chemical or other pollutants from water, soil, or air.
  • Design nanosystems with components such as nanocatalysts or nanofiltration devices to clean specific pollutants from hazardous waste sites.
  • Design or conduct tests of new nanotechnology products, processes, or systems.
  • 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.
  • Develop green building nanocoatings, such as self-cleaning, anti-stain, depolluting, anti-fogging, anti-icing, antimicrobial, moisture-resistant, or ultraviolet protectant coatings.
  • Develop processes or identify equipment needed for pilot or commercial nanoscale scale production.
  • Engineer production processes for specific nanotechnology applications, such as electroplating, nanofabrication, or epoxy.
  • Generate high-resolution images or measure force-distance curves, using techniques such as atomic force microscopy.
  • Identify new applications for existing nanotechnologies.
  • Integrate nanotechnology with antimicrobial properties into products, such as household or medical appliances, to reduce the development of bacteria or other microbes.
  • Prepare nanotechnology-related invention disclosures or patent applications.
  • 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.
  • Provide technical guidance or support to customers on topics such as nanosystem start-up, maintenance, or use.
  • Reengineer nanomaterials to improve biodegradability.
  • Supervise technologists or technicians engaged in nanotechnology research or production.
  • Synthesize, process, or characterize nanomaterials, using advanced tools or techniques.
  • Write proposals to secure external funding or to partner with other companies.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise customers on the use of products or services.
  • Coordinate activities with suppliers, contractors, clients, or other departments.
  • Create physical models or prototypes.
  • Design alternative energy systems.
  • Design materials for industrial or commercial applications.
  • Design micro- or nano-scale materials, devices, or systems.
  • Develop operational methods or processes that use green materials or emphasize sustainability.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Devise research or testing protocols.
  • Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information.
  • Identify new applications for existing technologies.
  • Measure physical or chemical properties of materials or objects.
  • Operate precision equipment to control microscopic or nanoscopic processes.
  • Prepare contracts, disclosures, or applications.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Prepare proposal documents.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel.
  • Research engineering applications of emerging technologies.
  • Research engineering aspects of biological or chemical processes.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.

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