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Microelectronics Technology: Solar Voltaic Manufacturing, associate degree

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This degree option was added in 2008 with the arrival of the solar photovoltaic (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 area of study 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.

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Associate Degree: Microelectronics Technology: Solar Voltaic Manufacturing2 years

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Course listing for the 2022-2023 catalog year.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
CH 100 Everyday Chemistry with Lab (or higher) * 4
MT 101 Introduction to Semiconductor Manufacturing 1
MT 102 Introduction to Semiconductor Devices 1
MT 104 Introduction to Solar Voltaic Processing 1
MT 111A DC and AC Electronics Intro 1 4
WR 121 College Composition 4
Second Term
MT 106
or MTH 95
or MTH 98
Math for Mechatronics
or Intermediate Algebra
or Math Literacy II
MT 107
or MTH 111
Math for Microelectronics
or Precalculus I
MT 108
or MTH 243
Statistics for Process Control
or Statistics I
MT 112A DC and AC Electronics 1 4
MT 121A Digital Electronics Intro 2
Third Term
COMM 130
or COMM 215
Business & Professional Communication
or Communicating in Teams and Small Groups
MT 113A Applications of Semiconductor Devices 2 2
MT 113B Applications of Semiconductor Devices II 2 2
MT 122A Digital Electronics 4
MT 131
or ELT 125
Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers
or Basic Programmable Logic Controllers
WR 227 Technical and Professional Writing 1 4
Fourth Term
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
MT 227 Process Equipment II 3
MT 240 RF Plasma Systems 3
PHY 202
or PHY 212
General Physics
or General Physics (Calculus)
Microelectronics Program Communication Elective 3 4
General Education: 1 course
Sixth Term
MT 151 Assembly of Mechanical Systems I 3
MT 163 Pneumatics 2
MT 173 Sensors, Power Amps and Motors 2
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 Credits99

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.

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