Microelectronics Technology

Rock Creek Bldg., 7, Rm. 202 | Department Chair: Eric Kirchner 971-722-7621 | Program Advisor: Jenny Kirchler 971-722-7288 | microelec@pcc.edu

A Future in Manufacturing

Free STEM Camp

March 2019: Explore and start studying for a career in Microelectronics Technology - the art of making microprocessors.

Info sessions

  • Wednesdays, April 3 to June 12, 5-6pm
    no session on April 17
  • STEAM Lab RC, Building 2, Room 102

We will cover general information about the MT program, help you choose first term classes and tour the labs! No pre-registration required. Please purchase a parking permit when entering campus.

Questions? Contact Eric Kirchner, Department Chair or Jenny Kirchler, Program Advisor.

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.

See Degree Options for more details on these programs.

Small World After All

microelectronics student in the lab

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.