Students in the Semiconductor Technology certificate receive highly specialized training in semiconductor and nanotechnology, digital electronics, electro-mechanical devices, semiconductor manufacturing and the nanofabrication processes.
Students entering the certificate program generally have already completed a large number of college-level courses in mathematics, electricity and electronics.
The college also offers a two-year associate degree in Electrical Technology: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology for those students who may not have the prerequisites to enter the certificate program.
This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation. Some students who complete the Electrical Engineering Technology-Electronics associate degree continue on to complete this certificate.
This program is offered by the Automotive, Manufacturing and Electrical Engineering Technologies Department.
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- The Capital Region is emerging as a global leader due to the confluence of major research universities, such as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and University and SUNY Polytehnic, as well as the growth of high-tech companies, including GlobalFoundries, Sematech and IBM.
- Many of the certificate's courses are taught at the college’s TEC-SMART facility in Malta, which has dedicated lab space to study semiconductor manufacturing.
Career and Transfer Opportunities
Graduates of the program are well prepared to enter the semiconductor and nanotechnology field in entry-level technician roles. Career titles include: Semiconductor Processors, Nanotechnology Technician.
Recent employers include: GlobalFoundries.
Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here is the median salary taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Semiconductor Processors, $35,390.
The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the program should be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to create semiconductor wafers and their understanding of clean room protocols.
For more information regarding this program, please contact:
Cogan Hall, Room 145
For more information about admission to this program, please contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223