Microelectronics Technology - Degree Options
The traditional MT degree. This has been offered since 1995 and is well recognized in the industry. Most students in the program get this degree. Graduates are trained to work in the many local fabs as equipment or maintenance technicians, performing preventative and corrective maintenance and repair on the complex process equipment used in the manufacture of integrated circuits and solar cells. Equipment includes physical and chemical vapor deposition systems, plasma and wet etch systems, ion implantation, diffusion furnaces, planarization systems, etc.
The foundation of the program is three terms of analog circuit analysis covering DC and AC passive devices such as resistors, capacitors and inductors, and also active devices such as diodes, transistors and op-amps. The foundation also includes two terms of digital electronics. The second year applies those concepts to actual fab equipment such as vacuum technology, plasma technology, with a three term sequence working into the inter-related systems of process equipment. The second year also has courses focused on semiconductor processes and quality control methods used in the industry.
The program requires college algebra as well as statistics, three terms of algebra based physics, two terms of chemistry, technical writing, and two terms of business communications.
This degree option was added in 2008 with the arrival of the solar photo voltaic (PV) manufacturing industry to the Portland area. Some PV processes are extremely similar to those used for integrated circuit manufacturing. The overall processing is simpler, but the equipment tends to be of a much larger industrial scale. This puts greater emphasis on equipment systems and maintenance with some differences in automation technology.
Equipment technicians can find it relatively easy to transition between the PV and MT industries. This can be seen in the similarities between the MT AAS and the solar option. This is exhibited by the reduced emphasis on chemistry and the added circuit analysis requirements.
This degree option was added in 2009 in response to the high automation used in solar module assembly and the increased use of automation used by many local manufacturers. This technology involves a lot of robotics, controllers, materials delivery systems and factory control systems.
This option removes the process related courses (including chemistry, vacuum and plasma technology) and adds courses in programming, and logic controllers.
This short certificate is designed for those interested in the solar photo voltaic manufacturing industry who otherwise have no relevant background or education. The coursework in the program will give you the basic background to understand what the industry does and how it operates. This may assist you when applying for entry level positions in the industry. The certificate is also a pathway to the MT AAS option in solar; all courses can be applied to that two year degree.