Microelectronics Technology

2013-14 Edition

Rock Creek Campus
Science and Technology Division Office
Building 7, Room 202
971-722-7255

www.pcc.edu/mt

Career and Program Description

Semiconductor manufacturing technicians work in clean room environments to maintain equipment, and monitor various manufacturing processes. Technicians must wear clean room suits and follow strict procedures in order to reduce particle count in the manufacturing environment. They must also follow safety procedures when handling process chemicals and gases. Technicians in this fast moving industry must have a broad range of skills and knowledge including strong backgrounds in mathematics, chemistry and physics. Good communication skills in the English language are required to function in team-oriented organizations that are becoming standard in the industry.

Potential employers of program graduates include Intel Corporation, Oregon’s largest high-tech employer, SolarWorld, Maxim, FEI, TriQuint Semiconductor, Microchip, and other wafer and integrated circuit manufacturers.

For students continuing their education beyond the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Microelectronics Technology, up to 58 credits can apply toward a four-year baccalaureate degree.

Graduates of the Microelectronics Technology Program may also transfer to Oregon Institute of Technology to pursue a bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering Technology. Upper division OIT courses are offered at OIT’s Metro Campus in Portland. (See notes below.)

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Microelectronics Technology
Microelectronics Technology: Automated Manufacturing Technology Option
Microelectronics Technology: Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology Option

Less than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology

Prerequisites and Requirements

Students new to the program must take the college’s placement examinations for mathematics and English prior to program advising and registration. Students must meet the prerequisites as stated in the course descriptions of the current catalog before registering for first term math, writing, electronics and chemistry courses. Students intending to pursue any of the three MT AAS degrees must be working towards MTH 95 and WR 121. New students are encouraged to meet with a department representative for advising prior to signing up for classes.

Study begins by laying a solid foundation in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and electronics before introducing topics in semiconductor manufacturing, process equipment, and vacuum/plasma technology. Instructional time is divided between classroom activities and lab exercises to develop equipment analysis, maintenance, and troubleshooting skills. Students also develop oral and written communication skills in the English language. The ability to communicate is needed to be able to function effectively in work teams.

Day classes are scheduled so that one section of a course meets on Monday and Tuesday and another section meets on Thursday and Friday, enabling those students working compressed-work-week schedules to take courses. Evening classes are also available for 100 level courses

Full-time day students can complete the program in six to eight terms. However, many students elect to take a part-time course load and take longer to complete the program. The core MT classes require two full academic years (six terms) in order to be completed.

Students may begin during any term of the academic year, however first year sequences must start in fall or winter term. Second year sequences must begin in fall term.  First year courses must be completed before starting the second term.

Students interested in obtaining a Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology Career Pathway Certificate must be able to prove their competency in MTH 65 and WR 115 through college credit or placement scores.

Note: Students intending to transfer to OIT should:

  1. Complete both MTH 243 and MTH 244 at PCC.
  2. Select one course from PCC’s General Education course list for social sciences and one course from PCC’s General Education course list for Arts and Letters, except: ESOL courses, first year languages, speech, writing courses and PHL 197. MTH 95, a pre-college course, does not apply toward the OIT bachelor degree. COMM 130 will substitute for OIT’s SP 111 requirement only per approval of OIT’s Academic Council.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Microelectronics Technology
Microelectronics Technology: Automated Manufacturing Technology Option
Microelectronics Technology: Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology Option

Microelectronics Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 96 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. Students should consult with program advisors for academic planning.

Microelectronics Technology Degree Credit Summary

MT47
CH10
COMM8
MTH5
MT/MTH2
WR4
PHY12
Remaining General Education8
Total Credits96

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
MT 101Introduction to Semiconductor Manufacturing1
MT 102Introduction to Semiconductor Devices1
MT 103Introduction to Micro and Nano Processing1
MT 111Electronic Circuits & Devices I4
Second Term
CH 221*General Chemistry I5
MT 112Electronic Circuits & Devices II4
MT 121Digital Systems I3
MTH 111 (or higher)*College Algebra5
Third Term
CH 222*General Chemistry II5
MT 113Electronic Circuits & Devices III4
MT 122Digital Systems II3
MT 131Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers3
MT 108 or MTH 243*Statistics for Process Control2
WR 227Technical and Professional Writing 14
Fourth Term
COMM 130Business & Professional Speech Communication4
MT 180High Tech Employment Strategies1
MT 223Vacuum Technology3
MT 224Process Equipment I3
PHY 201 or 211*General Physics4
General Education8
Fifth Term
COMM 215*Small Group Communication: Process and Theory4
MT 227Process Equipment II3
MT 240RF Plasma Systems3
PHY 202 or 212*General Physics4
Sixth Term
MT 200Semiconductor Processing3
MT 222Quality Control Methods in Manufacturing3
MT 228Process Equipment III4
PHY 203 or 213*General Physics4
 Total Credits: 96

*

CH 221, CH 222,COMM 215, MTH 111, MTH 243PHY 201, PHY 202,PHY 203 PHY 211, PHY 212, and PHY 213 could be used as General Education

Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 93 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. Students should consult with program advisors for academic planning.

Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology Degree Credit Summary

MT52
CH4
COMM8
MTH5
PHY12
WR4
Remaining General Education8
Total Credits93

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
MT 101Introduction to Semiconductor Manufacturing1
MT 102Introduction to Semiconductor Devices1
MT 104Introduction to Solar Voltaic Processing1
MT 109Intro to Electronics and Instrumentation3
Second Term
CH 100 (or higher)*Everyday Chemistry with Lab4
MT 111Electronic Circuits & Devices I4
MT 121Digital Systems I3
Third Term
MT 112Electronic Circuits & Devices II4
MT 122Digital Systems II3
MTH 111 (or higher)*College Algebra5
WR 227Technical and Professional Writing 14
Fourth Term
MT 108 or MTH 243*Statistics for Process Control2
MT 113Electronic Circuits & Devices III4
MT 131Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers3
Fifth Term
COMM 130*Business & Professional Speech Communication4
MT 180High Tech Employment Strategies1
MT 223Vacuum Technology3
MT 224Process Equipment I3
PHY 201 or 211*General Physics4
General Education4
Sixth Term
COMM 215*Small Group Communication: Process and Theory4
MT 227Process Equipment II3
MT 240RF Plasma Systems3
PHY 202 or 212*General Physics4
Seventh Term
MT 200Semiconductor Processing3
MT 222Quality Control Methods in Manufacturing3
MT 228Process Equipment III4
PHY 203 or 213*General Physics4
General Education4
 Total Credits: 93

*

COMM 130, COMM 215, PHY 201, PHY 202, PHY 203PHY 211PHY 212, and PHY 213 could be used as General Education

Automated Manufacturing Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 96 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. Students should consult with program advisors for academic planning.

Automated Manufacturing Technology Degree Credit Summary

MT38
COMM8
CIS4
CS8
EET8
MTH10
PHY4
WR8
Remaining General Education8
Total Credits96

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
MT 101Introduction to Semiconductor Manufacturing1
MT 102Introduction to Semiconductor Devices1
MT 104Introduction to Solar Voltaic Processing1
MT 111Electronic Circuits & Devices I4
MTH 111*College Algebra5
WR 121English Composition4
Second Term
CS 161*Computer Science I4
MT 112Electronic Circuits & Devices II4
MT 121Digital Systems I3
General Education4
Third Term
COMM 130Business & Professional Speech Communication4
CS 162*Computer Science II4
MT 113Electronic Circuits & Devices III4
MT 122Digital Systems II3
MT 131Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers3
Fourth Term
MTH 243*Statistics I5
WR 227Technical and Professional Writing 14
Fifth Term
EET 241Programming for Electronics4
CIS 179Data Communication Concepts I4
MT 180High Tech Employment Strategies1
MT 224Process Equipment I3
COMM 215*Small Group Communication: Process and Theory4
Sixth Term
EET 242Microcontroller Systems4
MT 227Process Equipment II3
PHY 201*General Physics4
Seventh Term
MT 222Quality Control Methods in Manufacturing3
MT 228Process Equipment III4
General Education4
 Total Credits: 96

*

Could be used as General Education

Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology: Career Pathway Certificate

Minimum 14 credits. Students must also meet certificate requirements. The Solar Voltaic Manufacturing certificate is a Career Pathway. All courses are contained in the Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology AAS Degree.

CH 100Everyday Chemistry with Lab 14
MT 109Intro to Electronics and Instrumentation3
or MT 111 Electronic Circuits & Devices I
MT 101Introduction to Semiconductor Manufacturing1
MT 102Introduction to Semiconductor Devices1
MT 104Introduction to Solar Voltaic Processing1
MT 121Digital Systems I3
MT 180High Tech Employment Strategies1

1

A higher chemistry class can be substituted

Courses

MT 70. Vacuum Technology Practice. 0.5 Credits.

Customizable survey course in the theory and practice of vacuum as used in semiconductor manufacturing. Includes vacuum principles, vacuum pumps, gauges and components, and leak detection. Audit available.

MT 80. Safety and Cleanroom Protocol. 2 Credits.

Covers safety consideration for working in a semiconductor industry cleanroom. Introduces safety programs in the industry. Overviews available hazard information and how to obtain it. Covers personal safety and related equipment. Audit available.

MT 90. Basic Electronics. 3 Credits.

Includes Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Voltage and Current Law in series and parallel circuits, and troubleshooting problems of basic electric circuits. Labs include basic measurement and troubleshooting techniques, use of electronic test equipment and proper documentation procedures. Prerequisite/Concurrent registration: MTH 60; WR 115. Audit available.

MT 100. Introduction to Microelectronics and Nano Technology. 3 Credits.

Introduces the methods used to manufacture Micro and Nano technologies. Traces semiconductor processing from raw material to a finished integrated circuit using planar technology. Introduces the processes and equipment used to create devices on the micro and nano scale. Emerging applications of MEMS and Nanotechnology are discussed. Prerequisite: MTH 65. Audit available.

MT 101. Introduction to Semiconductor Manufacturing. 1 Credit.

Presents an overview of careers in Microelectronics Technology. Also presents a succinct history of the semiconductor manufacturing processing and fundamental clean room protocol. Students will learn about the importance of quality and contamination control emphasis in the industry. Audit available.

MT 102. Introduction to Semiconductor Devices. 1 Credit.

Examines commonly made semiconductor devices, including diodes, solar voltaic cells, and MOSFET transistors. Includes electronic materials fundamentals of electricity, conductivity and semiconductivity. Audit available.

MT 103. Introduction to Micro and Nano Processing. 1 Credit.

Introduces the methods used to manufacture Micro and Nano technologies. Traces semiconductor processing from raw material to a finished integrated circuit using planar technology. Introduces the processes and equipment used to create devices on the micro and nano scale. Emerging applications of MEMS and Nanotechnology are discussed. Audit available.

MT 104. Introduction to Solar Voltaic Processing. 1 Credit.

Introduces the methods used to manufacture silicon solar cells. Traces cell processing from raw material to a finished product using planar technology. Introduces the processes and equipment used to create pure single crystal silicon wafers and the processes used to form the solar devices on top of these substrates. Audit available.

MT 108. Statistics for Process Control. 2 Credits.

Covers Statistical Process Control (SPC), including plotting and interpreting charts and dealing with disposition situations. Develops understanding of what is meant by common statistical quantities such as mean, median, mode, standard deviation, skew, and also understanding of how common distributions represent real populations. Integrates practice performing computer calculation of these structures and their application to SPC. Prerequisite: MTH 60, WR 115. Audit available.

MT 109. Intro to Electronics and Instrumentation. 3 Credits.

Covers techniques of analysis and troubleshooting of basic electronic circuits that may include sensors and actuators. Labs include measurement and testing techniques, and documentation procedures. Prerequisite: Placement into MTH 60 and WR 115 or higher. Audit available.

MT 111. Electronic Circuits & Devices I. 4 Credits.

Includes Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Voltage and Current Law, Superposition, Thevenin's Theorem, and R-C circuits. Labs include basic measurement techniques, use of electronic test equipment and proper documentation procedures. Prerequisites: WR 115 and placement into or completion of MTH 95. Audit available.

MT 112. Electronic Circuits & Devices II. 4 Credits.

Covers AC circuits. Includes both single frequency and frequency response analysis of circuits containing resistance, capacitance, and inductance. Both trigonometry and phasors will be covered. Labs include circuit construction, computer simulation and testing. Prerequisites: MT 111; MTH 95. Audit available.

MT 113. Electronic Circuits & Devices III. 4 Credits.

Overviews discrete semiconductor devices - diodes, BJTs, and FETs - and operational amplifiers. DC models as well as frequency response, bandwidth/rise time relationships, and performance criteria are emphasized. Labs emphasize circuit construction and include simulation of amplifier circuits. Prerequisite: MT 112. Audit available.

MT 121. Digital Systems I. 3 Credits.

Covers combinational logic devices and circuits. Includes basic operation of logic gates, Boolean algebra, and MSI logic devices. Labs emphasize prototyping and testing of combinational logic circuits. Prerequisites: WR 115; MTH 65. Audit available.

MT 122. Digital Systems II. 3 Credits.

Covers sequential logic devices and circuits. Includes the operation of latches and flip-flops, ripple and synchronous counters, shift registers, memories, and a simple microprocessor system. Labs emphasize prototyping and testing of sequential logic circuits. Prerequisite: MT 121. Audit available.

MT 131. Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers. 3 Credits.

Introduces Programmable Logic Controller programming. Includes PLC components, architecture, execution cycle, data file type and management, variable monitoring, and basic programming instructions. Recommends MT 121, MT 122 or equivalent. Prerequisite: Placement into MTH 111 and WR 121.

MT 180. High Tech Employment Strategies. 1 Credit.

Covers strategies for: researching, preparing for, and acquiring a job in the MT associated industries of solar, microelectronics and automated manufacturing. Prerequisite/concurrent: MT 101, MT 102, MT 103 or MT 104.

MT 200. Semiconductor Processing. 3 Credits.

Explores aspects of semiconductor processing. Covers semiconductor device design (photo-voltaic cells, diodes, bipolar and MOSFET transistors) and the following manufacturing processes: oxidation, lithography, etch, doping, deposition, planarization, and test/sort. Prerequisites: MT 102, MT 103 or MT 104, MT 240, COMM 130 or COMM 215, or instructor permission. Audit available.

MT 222. Quality Control Methods in Manufacturing. 3 Credits.

Explores quality control methods used in semiconductor manufacturing, including statistical process control (SPC), control charts, performance representation and capability measurements. Emphasizes computer manipulation of actual data for analysis and design of quality. Prerequisites: MTH 243 and WR 227 Audit available.

MT 223. Vacuum Technology. 3 Credits.

Covers the theory and practice of vacuum as used in semiconductor manufacturing. Topics include vacuum principles, vacuum systems and their components such as pumps, gauges and valves, and finally vacuum trouble- shooting. Prerequisites: MT 101, MT 102, (MT 103 or MT 104), CH 100 or higher, WR 121, or instructor permission. Audit available.

MT 224. Process Equipment I. 3 Credits.

Part 1 of our series on semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Covers components commonly used in industrial equipment, such as controllers, controlling software, signal conditioner, sensors, switches, DC and stepper motors and their driver circuits. Also examines how these components can be used together to achieve automatic control in industrial equipment. Prerequisites: (MT 103 or MT 104), MT 113, MT 122, or instructor permission. Audit available.

MT 227. Process Equipment II. 3 Credits.

Covers subsystems of a semiconductor processing system. Includes pneumatics and robotic systems. Focuses on analysis, maintenance and troubleshooting. Prerequisite: MT 223 and MT 224 Audit available.

MT 228. Process Equipment III. 4 Credits.

Covers a semiconductor processing system. Includes power, vacuum, gas, delivery, robotic and control systems. Focuses on maintenance and troubleshooting. Prerequisites: MT 227, MT 223, MT 240. Audit available.

MT 240. RF Plasma Systems. 3 Credits.

Covers the theory and practice of RF (Radio Frequency) plasma systems as used in semiconductor manufacturing processes such as etching, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and sputter deposition. Includes plasma physics, RF power system components, power matching and match circuits, and applications in semiconductor manufacturing. Prerequisite: MT 223, MT 224, CH 100 or higher, WR 227, or instructor permission. Audit available.