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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 2021-2022 catalog year.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
CH 104
or CH 221
Allied Health Chemistry I *
or General Chemistry I
MT 101 Introduction to Semiconductor Manufacturing 1
MT 102 Introduction to Semiconductor Devices 1
MT 103 Introduction to Micro and Nano Processing 1
MT 111A DC and AC Electronics Intro 1 4
WR 121 College Composition 4
Second Term
CH 105
or CH 222
Allied Health Chemistry II
or General Chemistry II
MT 112A DC and AC Electronics 1 4
MT 121 Digital Systems I 3
MTH 111 Precalculus I (or higher) * 5
Third Term
MT 108
or MTH 243
Statistics for Process Control
or Statistics I
MT 113A Applications of Semiconductor Devices 2 2
MT 113B Applications of Semiconductor Devices II 2 2
MT 122 Digital Systems II 3
WR 227 Technical and Professional Writing 1 4
Fourth Term
COMM 130 Business & Professional Communication 4
MT 150 Hand Tools for Assembly of Mechanical Systems 1
MT 180 High Tech Employment Strategies 1
MT 222 Quality Control Methods in Manufacturing 3
MT 223 Vacuum Technology 3
MT 224 Process Equipment I 3
PHY 201
or PHY 211
General Physics
or General Physics (Calculus)
Fifth Term
COMM 215 Communicating in Teams and Small Groups * 4
MT 227 Process Equipment II 3
MT 240 RF Plasma Systems 3
PHY 202
or PHY 212
General Physics
or General Physics (Calculus)
General Education: 1 course
Sixth Term
MT 200 Semiconductor Processing 3
MT 228 Process Equipment III 4
PHY 203
or PHY 213
General Physics
or General Physics (Calculus)
General Education: 1 course
 Total Credits96

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