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Microelectronics Technology, associate degree

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The traditional Microelectronics degree has been offered since 1995 and is well recognized in the industry. Most students in the program get this degree.

You are trained to work in the many local fabs as equipment or maintenance technicians and will be able to perform preventative and corrective maintenance and repair on the complex process equipment used in the manufacture of integrated circuits and solar cells. Equipment includes:

  • Diffusion furnaces
  • Ion implantation
  • Physical and chemical vapor deposition systems
  • Planarization systems
  • Plasma and wet etch systems

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.

Second-year classes apply 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. Second-year courses are also 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.

Award information

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Associate Degree: Microelectronics Technology2 years

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Course listing for the 2023-2024 catalog year.

CH 104Allied Health Chemistry I *5
or CH 151 Preparatory Chemistry
or CH 221 General Chemistry I
CH 105Allied Health Chemistry II5
or CH 222 General Chemistry II
COMM 130Business & Professional Communication4
or COMM 215 Communicating in Teams and Small Groups
MT 101Introduction to Semiconductor Manufacturing1
MT 102Introduction to Semiconductor Devices1
MT 103Introduction to Micro and Nano Processing1
MT 108Statistics for Process Control2
or STAT 243 Elementary Statistics I (MTH/STAT243=STAT243Z)
MT 111ADC and AC Electronics Intro 14
MT 112ADC and AC Electronics 14
MT 113AApplications of Semiconductor Devices A 22
MT 113BApplications of Semiconductor Devices B 22
MT 121ADigital Electronics Intro2
MT 122ADigital Electronics4
MT 151Intro to Hand Tools and Mechanical Assembly1
MT 163Pneumatics2
MT 173Sensors, Power Amps and Motors2
MT 180High Tech Employment Strategies1
MT 200Semiconductor Processing3
MT 222Quality Control Methods in Manufacturing3
MT 223Vacuum Technology3
MT 224Process Equipment I §3
MT 227Process Equipment II3
MT 228Process Equipment III4
MT 240RF Plasma Systems3
PHY 201General Physics *4
or PHY 211 General Physics (Calculus)
PHY 202General Physics4
or PHY 212 General Physics (Calculus)
PHY 203General Physics4
or PHY 213 General Physics (Calculus)
WR 121Composition I (WR121=WR121Z) Z4
WR 227Technical Writing (WR227=WR227Z) Z4
Microelectronics Program Communication Elective *,34
General Education: 2 courses
Total Credits95

Could be used as General Education.


Course cannot be substituted for another course.


Students who have taken MT 111 and MT 112 can substitute both for MT 111A and MT 112A.


MT 113 can be substituted for (MT 113A and MT 113B).


Take one course from the COMM Elective list not already taken.


This course is part of Oregon Common Course Numbering. The following courses are equivalent:
MTH 243, STAT 243, and STAT 243Z
WR 121 and WR 121Z
WR 227 and WR 227Z

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