37 episodes

The podcast about micro and nano technicians: Who they are, what they do, and how they got there. Hosted by Peter Kazarinoff and supported by the Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.

Talking Technicians MNT-EC

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

The podcast about micro and nano technicians: Who they are, what they do, and how they got there. Hosted by Peter Kazarinoff and supported by the Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.

    S04-E02 Janaki is a technician at Analog Devices

    S04-E02 Janaki is a technician at Analog Devices

    Janaki is a Equipment Engineering Technician at Analog Devices in Beaverton, OR outside Portland. Janaki had a career in small business, but needed to make a change. Hear how Janaki transitioned to working in the semiconductor industry by enrolling in Portland Community College’s Microelectronics Program.


    The Talking Technicians podcast is produced by MNT-EC, the Micro Nano Technology Education Center, through financial support from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education grant program.


    Opinions expressed on this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation.


    Join the conversation. If you are a working technician or know someone who is, reach out to us at info@talkingtechnicians.org.


    Links from the show:


    Episode Web Page: https://micronanoeducation.org/students-parents/talking-technicians-podcast/


    Portland Community College Microelectronics Program: 
    https://www.pcc.edu/programs/microelectronics/

    Analog Devices: https://www.analog.com/en/about-adi/careers.html

    • 16 min
    S04-E01 Michelle is a thin film vacuum technician

    S04-E01 Michelle is a thin film vacuum technician

    Michelle is a lead thin film vacuum technician at MKS Instruments at the Richardson Gratings Lab in Rochester, NY. Michelle started out working as an operator, then gained additional skills by enrolling in a vacuum technician certificate program at Normandale Community College. Hear Michelle’s story about how she took her career to the next level.


    The Talking Technicians podcast is produced by MNT-EC, the Micro Nano Technology Education Center, through financial support from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education grant program.


    Opinions expressed on this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation.


    Join the conversation. If you are a working technician or know someone who is, reach out to us at info@talkingtechnicians.org.


    Links from the show:


    Episode Web Page: https://micronanoeducation.org/students-parents/talking-technicians-podcast/


    Normandale Community College Vacuum and Thin Film Program: https://www.normandale.edu/academics/degrees-certificates/vacuum-and-thin-film-technology/index.html 

    MKS Richardson Gratings: https://www.newport.com/b/richardson-gratings

    • 17 min
    S03-E11 Mario has an internship at Intel

    S03-E11 Mario has an internship at Intel

    Mario secured an internship at Intel.  Mario worked on submarines in the Navy. When he left the Navy, he needed a new career. Hear how Mario made the decision to work as an engineering technician intern and how his company is helping with his degree and coursework at community college. Mario’s story is inspirational and shows one of the different backgrounds that can lead you to work in the semiconductor industry.


    The Talking Technicians podcast is produced by MNT-EC, the Micro Nano Technology Education Center, through financial support from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education grant program.


    Opinions expressed on this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation.


    Join the conversation. If you are a working technician or know someone who is, reach out to us at info@talkingtechnicians.org.


    Links from the show:


    The Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC): https://micronanoeducation.org/


    Careers at Intel: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/jobs/jobs-at-intel.html


    Portland Community College: https://www.pcc.edu/


    Episode Web Page: https://micronanoeducation.org/students-parents/talking-technicians-podcast/

    • 26 min
    S03-E10 Jason is a technician at Intel

    S03-E10 Jason is a technician at Intel

    Jason works as a technician at Intel. Jason worked as a freelance videographer, but wanted a more stable profession. He graduated from a 2-year community college program and secured a job in the semiconductor industry at Intel. Hear how Jason’s career as a technician has grown and how Intel supports his professional growth.


    The Talking Technicians podcast is produced by MNT-EC, the Micro Nano Technology Education Center, through financial support from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education grant program.


    Opinions expressed on this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation.


    Join the conversation. If you are a working technician or know someone who is, reach out to us at info@talkingtechnicians.org.


    Links from the show:


    The Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC): https://micronanoeducation.org/


    Careers at Intel: https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/jobs/jobs-at-intel.html


    Portland Community College CIS Program: https://www.pcc.edu/programs/computer-info/


    Work Systems Scholarships: https://www.worksystems.org/

    Episode Web Page: https://micronanoeducation.org/students-parents/talking-technicians-podcast/

    • 34 min
    S03-E09 Jose works at Genentech

    S03-E09 Jose works at Genentech

    Jose works at Genentech. Jose grew up in the Bay Area and went from working in restaurants to a career in biotechnology. Hear about how Jose enrolled in a community college program, completed an internship and now has a career at one of the biggest biotech companies. Jose talks about what he is most passionate about at work and how you can work towards your dream career too.


    The Talking Technicians podcast is produced by MNT-EC, the Micro Nano Technology Education Center, through financial support from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education grant program.


    Opinions expressed on this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation.


    Join the conversation. If you are a working technician or know someone who is, reach out to us at info@talkingtechnicians.org.


    Links from the show:


    The Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC): https://micronanoeducation.org/


    City College of San Francisco Biotechnology Program: https://www.ccsf.edu/degrees-certificates/biotechnology


    Genentech: https://careers.gene.com/us/en/home

    Episode Web Page: https://micronanoeducation.org/students-parents/talking-technicians-podcast/

    • 16 min
    S03-E08 Sofia works at Genetech

    S03-E08 Sofia works at Genetech

    Sofia is a Lab Services and Media Prep Technician at Genetech. Hear how Sophia went from a degree in world languages to a community college biotech program. Sophia shares her story and journey in this episode and has advice for folks who want to transition careers and start work as a technician. 


    The Talking Technicians podcast is produced by MNT-EC, the Micro Nano Technology Education Center, through financial support from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education grant program.


    Opinions expressed on this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation.


    Join the conversation. If you are a working technician or know someone who is, reach out to us at info@talkingtechnicians.org.


    Links from the show:


    The Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC): https://micronanoeducation.org/


    City College of San Francisco Biotechnology Program: https://www.ccsf.edu/degrees-certificates/biotechnology


    Genetech: https://careers.gene.com/us/en

    Episode Web Page: https://micronanoeducation.org/students-parents/talking-technicians-podcast/

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Matt L 52090 ,

Great Interviews

A collection of great interviews with technicians about their job responsibilities and the steps they took in order to be trained and qualified for their careers.

Lesiecki1 ,

A unique perspective

There are not many podcasts that offer this unique perspective of actually talking to techs in the field and exploring their challenges. It can make a career more real for an aspiring students.

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