Committee E56 on Nanotechnology

    Education And Workforce Development Information


    Introduction-Nanotechnology is a scientific and engineering enabler that cuts across many applications. As such, it offers numerous opportunities for advancing the economic value and impact of new U.S. technologies in diverse business sectors. The global market value for products incorporating nanotechnology was about $30 billion in 2000. That increased to $731 billion in 2012, and the global value of nano-enabled products, nano-intermediates, and nanomaterials is forecasted to reach $4.4 trillion by 2018. As the market expands, the number of jobs needing different skill levels in nanotechnology will increase. Thus it is essential that a sufficient supply of qualified workers be developed to fill that need. (Read more).

    Articles on Education and Workforce Development

    Basic Skill Set Standards for Education and Workforce Development

    • The purpose of these standards is to provide a framework for basic nanotechnology workforce education by academic institutions. These standards maybe used to develop or evaluate education programs in the nanotechnology field.
    • Available E56 Nanotechnology Workforce Education Standards:

    ASTM E2996 Standard Guide for Workforce Education in Nanotechnology Health and Safety

    ASTM E3034 Standard Guide for Workforce Education in Nanotechnology Pattern Generation

    ASTM E3071 Standard Guide for Nano-technology Workforce Education in Materials Synthesis and Processing

    ASTM E3001 Standard Practice for Workforce Education in Nanotechnology Characterization

    ASTM E3059 Standard Guide for Workforce Education in Nanotechnology Infrastructure

    E3089 New Guide for Nanotechnology Workforce Education in Material Properties and Effects of Size

    Personnel Certificates

    • A series of industry-endorsed stackable credentials based upon the ASTM basic skill set standards for education and workforce development in nanotechnology.
    • Students and workers in the field can earn from one to six individual certificates in any sequence.
    • These certificates will provide employers with a basis for evaluating knowledge and qualifications of current and future employees, and allow certificate holders to differentiate themselves from others in their profession and to advance their careers.
    • Current Status: Development of performance-based exams for the six stackable certificates as well as the logistics for the testing process is presently in progress. Testing for the first certificate will become available in early 2017, and the targeted timeframe for widespread availability of all six exams is Spring 2018.

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