A Future in Manufacturing
Oregon’s manufacturers include the largest private employers in the state. The Integrated Circuit industry saw huge growth in the 1990’s, and the 2000’s have seen major developments in Photovoltaic Solar Cells. All of these facilities are still producing, and hiring new technicians.
The large semiconductor manufacturing base, and growth, in Oregon brings with it a need for qualified technicians. Microelectronics technicians in the semiconductor industry are a vital part of this market. PCC’s Microelectronics Program allows you to enter the world of microelectronics and solar manufacturing, providing you the opportunity to learn the entire fabrication processes of IC’s(Integrated Circuits) and PV’s (Photo Voltaic cells), and learn to maintain and repair the advanced process equipment and automation used by these high volume manufacturing industries.
Approximately 85% of graduates from PCC’s Microelectronic Technology program are hired by the semiconductor industry immediately before or after graduation. Many semiconductor laboratories and clean rooms in the Portland area rely on the skills we deliver to our graduates, which include mathematics, physics, chemistry, and electronics. As a technician, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a clean room or lab for some of the most reputable semiconductor manufacturers in the U.S.
Degrees and Certificates
In this program you can earn the following:
- Associate of Applied Science Degree
- our base degree first offered in 1995, well recognized in the local semiconductor industry.
Students can earn the AAS degree listed above, or specialize in one of the following MT options, or both.
of Applied Science Degree in Automated Manufacturing Technology
- added in 2009 in recognition of the newer highly automated factories, with emphasis on robotics and factory control systems.
of Applied Science Degree in Solar Voltaic Technology
- added in 2008 with the arrival of photovoltaic solar cell and module manufacturing in the Portland area. This option recognizes the stronger equipment emphasis in this industry.
- Certificate of Completion in Solar Voltaic Technology
- a quick certificate to help those with no relevant background or education get oriented to solar manufacturing, and help them get entry level jobs in this industry. This is part of a pathway leading to the MTAAS in Solar Voltaic Manufacturing.
- Microelectronics Technology Employment Skills Training Certificate
- a customizable certificate targeting specific employment opportunities. See a program advisor for availability.
Small World After All
PCC’s Microelectronics Technology program has earned a reputation for excellence. In contrast to similar programs, our program is specifically designed to meet the needs of the industry. It enjoys a strong partnership with local semiconductor manufacturers. You can equip yourself for success by acquiring skills that are in high demand while benefiting from these strong industry partnerships.
Why does local semiconductor giant Intel want to hire IC technicians from PCC’s Microelectronics Technology program? Because PCC Microelectronics Technology graduates are highly successful as employees.
Usually each year local semiconductor companies make Internships specifically available to students in the MT program. Hired students are provided paid part-time jobs, and may have their books and tuition reimbursed. See Scholarship Opportunities for more information for some examples of past internships and scholarships.
- Apply for admission to PCC, selecting an MT major.
- Take the college placement test. See the Catalog for required scores.
- Register with the Microelectronics Technology department.
- Meet with an academic advisor if needed.
- Register for classes.
The MT program is open. Students meeting course prerequisites can register for classes as space permits. Most MT classes must be taken in sequence. First year sequences start in Fall and Winter; second year sequences start in Fall. Part-time students may begin any term.