Microelectronics Technology

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Career and Program Description

You don’t have to be tech-savvy to have a well-paid, fulfilling career in high-tech. A degree in Microelectronics Technology (MT) will give you the skills to maintain and repair the advanced process equipment and automation used in the fast-growing semiconductor manufacturing industry.

  • Portland is considered to be the “Silicon Forest” of the world, with a large semiconductor manufacturing base.
  • Intel Corporation is the Portland region’s largest private employer, and there are many others including:  Analog Devices, Qorvo, Microchip, Lam Research, Applied Materials, TEL, Siltronic, Biotronik/MSEI, FEI/Thermo Fisher.
  • MT graduates starting salary can be over $60,000 per year, with overtime pay, shift differential pay, extensive benefits including full health coverage, retirement saving plans, tuition reimbursement, Personal Time Off (PTO), paid holidays and more.
  • Technicians work a regular fixed schedule: Compressed Work Week (CWW) of 12-hour shifts: 3-days one week (with four days off) followed by the second week working four days (with three days off).
  • There is opportunity for advancement and to make this a lifelong career.
  • Military veterans have a long history working in this industry; technical military training can often be applied towards the MT credit requirements.
  • Most, if not all, industry partners welcome and mention hiring initiatives in their employment materials to encourage veterans and members of protected classes to apply.

What you would do as a Technician:

  • Help keep high tech fabrication facilities up and running.
  • Work in teams solving problems, managing logistics, and practicing good communication.
  • Work in clean room environments to maintain equipment and monitor various manufacturing processes.

What you would experience as an MT student:

  • Receive the technical training needed to work in this high-tech environment.
  • Most MT courses involve a hands-on laboratory component to develop equipment analysis, maintenance, and troubleshooting skills.
  • Develop oral and written communication skills in the English language.
  • Students may begin during any term of the academic year, however MT course sequences must start in fall or winter term.
  • First year courses must be completed before starting the second year.
  • Day classes are scheduled to accommodate the industry standard work CWW schedule enabling those students working CWW schedules to take courses.
  • Evening classes are also available for 100 level MT courses.
  • MT students who have little or no work experience in the semiconductor field have a chance to an early start in their technical career by applying to one of the paid Internship/Apprenticeship programs available with companies such as: Intel, Lam, Microchip, Jireh, and Qorvo. (Availability and starting pay may vary.) 

How long will the MT program take to complete?

  • Full-time students can complete the program in six to eight terms.
  • Part-time students complete the program over a longer time.
  • The core MT classes require two full academic years (six terms) in order to be completed.

Can my MT credits apply towards an advanced degree?

  • Yes, up to 58 credits can apply toward a four-year baccalaureate degree.
  • Graduates of the MT program may also transfer all of their credits to Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) to pursue a bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering Technology (EET).
  • This allows the possibility to complete a bachelor's degree in two additional years.
  • Upper division OIT courses are offered at OIT’s Wilsonville Campus.

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 Certificate

Mechatronics

Less than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology

Academic Prerequisites

  • None

Academic Requirements

  • None

Non-Academic Prerequisites

  • New students are encouraged to meet with a department representative for advising prior to signing up for classes.

Non-Academic Requirements

  • None

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 95 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of four courses of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. Math/computation competency is met through the courses in the program of study indicated with a § symbol. Students should consult with program advisors for academic planning.

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. Students should work with an MT advisor regarding proper sequencing and limited offerings.

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 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
MT 288High Tech Employment Strategies1
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.

1

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

2

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

3

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

Z

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

Microelectronics Program Communication Electives

COMM 111Public Speaking (COMM111=COMM111Z) Z4
COMM 130Business & Professional Communication4
COMM 140Introduction to Intercultural Communication4
COMM 215Communicating in Teams and Small Groups4
COMM 218Interpersonal Communication (COMM214=COMM218=COMM218Z) Z4
Z

This course is part of Oregon Common Course Numbering. The following courses are equivalent:

COMM 111 and COMM 111Z
COMM 214, COMM 218, and COMM 218Z 

Automated Manufacturing Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 90 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of four courses of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. Math/computation competency is met through the courses in the program of study indicated with a § symbol. Students should consult with program advisors for academic planning.

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. Students should work with an MT advisor regarding proper sequencing and limited offerings.

CIS 179Data Communication Concepts I4
CIS 278ACisco 1: Introduction to Networks4
or CIS 188 Introduction to Wireless Networking
COMM 130Business & Professional Communication4
or COMM 215 Communicating in Teams and Small Groups
CS 161AProgramming and Problem Solving I4
CS 161B Programming and Problem Solving II4
MT 101Introduction to Semiconductor Manufacturing1
MT 102Introduction to Semiconductor Devices1
MT 103Introduction to Micro and Nano Processing1
or MT 104 Introduction to Solar Voltaic Processing
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 131Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers2
or ELT 125 Basic Programmable Logic Controllers
MT 151Intro to Hand Tools and Mechanical Assembly1
MT 163Pneumatics2
MT 173Sensors, Power Amps and Motors2
MT 222Quality Control Methods in Manufacturing3
MT 224Process Equipment I §3
MT 227Process Equipment II3
MT 228Process Equipment III4
MT 288High Tech Employment Strategies1
PHY 201General Physics *4
or PHY 211 General Physics (Calculus)
WR 121Composition I (WR121=WR121Z) Z4
WR 227Technical Writing (WR227=WR227Z) Z4
Automation Elective (PLC track ONLY) 3(4)
Automation Elective (Microcomputer track ONLY) 34
Microelectronics Program Communication Electives *,44
General Education: 2 courses
Total Credits90
*

Could be used as General Education.

§

Course cannot be substituted for another course.

1

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

2

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

3

All students must earn 4 credits from the Automation Elective list.  Students choosing the PLC track within this list should take a 2-credit course from this track in the 5th term and a 2-credit course from this track in the 6th term. Students choosing the Microcomputer track should take a 4-credit course from this track in the 6th term.

4

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

Z

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

Automation Electives

Microcomputer Track
CIS 145Microcomputer Hardware and Troubleshooting4
or EET 178 Computing Environments for Technicians
PLC Track
ELT 126Intermediate Programmable Logic Controllers (PC Based)2
ELT 225Advanced Programmable Controllers, PC Based2

Microelectronics Program Communication Electives

COMM 111Public Speaking (COMM111=COMM111Z) Z4
COMM 130Business & Professional Communication4
COMM 140Introduction to Intercultural Communication4
COMM 215Communicating in Teams and Small Groups4
COMM 218Interpersonal Communication (COMM214=COMM218=COMM218Z) Z4
Z

This course is part of Oregon Common Course Numbering. The following courses are equivalent:

COMM 111 and COMM 111Z
COMM 214, COMM 218, and COMM 218Z 

Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 91 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of four courses of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. Math/computation competency is met through the courses in the program of study indicated with a § symbol. Students should consult with program advisors for academic planning.

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. Students should work with an MT advisor regarding proper sequencing and limited offerings.

CH 100Everyday Chemistry with Lab (or higher) *4
COMM 130Business & Professional Communication4
or COMM 215 Communicating in Teams and Small Groups
MT 101Introduction to Semiconductor Manufacturing1
MT 102Introduction to Semiconductor Devices1
MT 104Introduction to Solar Voltaic 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 131Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers2
or ELT 125 Basic Programmable Logic Controllers
MT 151Intro to Hand Tools and Mechanical Assembly1
MT 163Pneumatics2
MT 173Sensors, Power Amps and Motors2
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
MT 288High Tech Employment Strategies1
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 Comunication Electives *,34
General Education: 2 courses
Total Credits91
*

Could be used as General Education.

§

Course cannot be substituted for another course.

1

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

2

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

3

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

Z

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

Microelectronics Program Communication Electives

COMM 111Public Speaking (COMM111=COMM111Z) Z4
COMM 130Business & Professional Communication4
COMM 140Introduction to Intercultural Communication4
COMM 215Communicating in Teams and Small Groups4
COMM 218Interpersonal Communication (COMM214=COMM218=COMM218Z) Z4
Z

This course is part of Oregon Common Course Numbering. The following courses are equivalent:

COMM 111 and COMM 111Z
COMM 214, COMM 218, and COMM 218Z 

Less than One-Year Certificate

Mechatronics

Less than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology

Mechatronics Less Than One-Year Certificate

Minimum 36 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements.

Mechatronics Less than One-Year Certificate Courses

MT 111ADC and AC Electronics Intro4
MT 113AApplications of Semiconductor Devices A2
MT 121ADigital Electronics Intro2
MT 131Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers3
MT 132Programmable Logic Controller Application in Mechatronics3
MT 151Intro to Hand Tools and Mechanical Assembly1
MT 153Assembly of Mechanical Systems II3
MT 155Mechanical Systems5
MT 163Pneumatics2
MT 165Hydraulics2
MT 173Sensors, Power Amps and Motors2
MT 175AC Motors - Control, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting2
MT 177Industrial Robots I3
MT 178Mechatronics Capstone-Industrial Robots II2
Total Credits36

Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology Career Pathway Certificate

Minimum 15 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements. The Solar Voltaic Manufacturing certificate is a Career Pathway. All courses are contained in the Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology AAS Degree.

Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology Certificate Courses

CH 100Everyday Chemistry with Lab (or higher)4
MT 101Introduction to Semiconductor Manufacturing1
MT 102Introduction to Semiconductor Devices1
MT 104Introduction to Solar Voltaic Processing1
MT 111ADC and AC Electronics Intro4
MT 121ADigital Electronics Intro2
MT 151Intro to Hand Tools and Mechanical Assembly1
MT 288High Tech Employment Strategies1
Total Credits15

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 106. Math for Mechatronics. 3 Credits.

Provides a framework for applying mathematical concepts and principles to mechatronics situations and problems through collaborative learning. Involves development, articulation, and documentation of individual problem-solving strategies. Explores mechatronics problem topics including dimensional analysis, metrology, the metric system, pneumatics and hydraulics. Access to a computer, graphing technology and use of a spreadsheet program is required. Prerequisites: MTH 58 or MTH 60, or any course for which MTH 58 or MTH 60 is a prerequisite, or equivalent placement, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

MT 107. Math for Microelectronics. 2 Credits.

Provides a framework for applying mathematical concepts and principles to microelectronics manufacturing situations and problems through collaborative learning. Involves development, articulation, and documentation of individual problem-solving strategies. Explores microelectronics problem topics including dimensional analysis, the metric system, electronic feedback, electrical impedance, applied chemistry and physics. Access to a computer, graphing technology and use of a spreadsheet program are required. Prerequisites: MT 106 or MTH 98 or MTH 95, or any course for which MTH 98 or MTH 95 is a prerequisite, or equivalent placement, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 or equivalent placement. 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: MT 106 or MTH 58 or MTH 60, or any course for which MTH 58 or MTH 60 is a prerequisite, or equivalent placement, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

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

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

MT 111A. DC and AC Electronics Intro. 4 Credits.

Introduces fundamentals of DC and AC electronics in the context of electromechanical (mechatronic) systems. Includes using common instruments to measure and test DC and AC circuits. Emphasizes diagnosis of shorted and opened passive components as part of series or parallel electric combinations. Prerequisites: MTH 58 or MTH 60, or any course for which MTH 58 or MTH 60 is a prerequisite, or equivalent placement, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 or equivalent placement. Prerequisite/concurrent: MT 106 or MTH 65, or any math course for which MTH 65 is a prerequisite, or equivalent placement. 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 112A. DC and AC Electronics. 4 Credits.

Presents more advanced topics related to the analysis and troubleshooting of DC and AC complex circuitry, e.g. multiple power sources circuits, combination of series and parallel components, DC and AC sources present in the same circuit. Prerequisites: MT 111A, MT 106 or MTH 98 or MTH 95, or any course for which MTH 98 or MTH 95 is a prerequisite, or equivalent placement, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 or equivalent placement. Prerequisite/concurrent: MT 107 or MTH 111, or any course for which MTH 111 is a prerequisite, or equivalent placement. 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 113A. Applications of Semiconductor Devices A. 2 Credits.

Explores diodes, special diodes, transistors, and their applications as switches, specific to automated manufacturing systems. Introduces troubleshooting techniques of electronic circuits such as signal tracing, division in subsections, removal of parallel branches, and swapping identical components. Prerequisites: (MT 111A or MT 112) and (MT 106 or MTH 65, or any course for which MTH 65 is a prerequisite, or equivalent placement). Audit available.

MT 113B. Applications of Semiconductor Devices B. 2 Credits.

Overviews transistors and operational amplifiers and their applications as amplifiers. Labs emphasize circuit construction and include simulation of amplifier circuits. Practices troubleshooting techniques of electronic circuits such as signal tracing, division in subsections, removal of parallel branches, and swapping identical components. Prerequisites: (MT 112A or MT 112) and MT 113A and (MT 107 or MTH 111, or any course for which MTH 111 is a prerequisite, or equivalent placement). 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 121A. Digital Electronics Intro. 2 Credits.

Explores digital logic circuits built with logic gates such as NAND, NOR, and their derivatives. Emphasizes troubleshooting logic circuits using the signal tracing method. Enhances skills with basic electronic test instruments and circuit troubleshooting in the context of digital logic circuit interpretation and design. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 or equivalent placement. Prerequisite/concurrent: MT 106 or MTH 65, or any course for which MTH 65 is a prerequisite, or equivalent placement. 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 122A. Digital Electronics. 4 Credits.

Covers combinational and sequential logic devices and their applications. Includes the operation of logic gates, latches and flip-flops, and their use in functions such as encoders, decoders, multiplexers, demultiplexers, ripple and synchronous counters, shift registers, and memories. Labs emphasize the designing and troubleshooting aspects of logic circuits to which such devices apply. Prerequisite: MT 121A. Prerequisite/concurrent: MT 106 or MTH 65, or any course for which MTH 65 is a prerequisite, or equivalent placement. Audit available.

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

Introduces programmable logic controller (PLC) programming. Includes PLC components, architecture, execution cycle, data file type and management, variable monitoring, and basic programming instructions. Prerequisite: MT 121 or MT 121A or instructor permission.

MT 132. Programmable Logic Controller Application in Mechatronics. 3 Credits.

Introduces the specific programmable logic controller (PLC) hardware and software used by the program-specific mechatronics systems, including motor-driven and pneumatic components. Applies PLC instructions to control mechatronic robots. Prerequisites: MT 163, MT 177, and (MT 131 or ELT 126).

MT 150. Hand Tools for Assembly of Mechanical Systems. 1 Credit.

Provides an introduction to and an opportunity to use basic hand tools and measurement devices used for assembly of mechanical systems in a non-destructive environment.

MT 151. Intro to Hand Tools and Mechanical Assembly. 1 Credit.

Provides an introduction to and an opportunity to use basic hand tools and measurement devices used for assembly of mechanical systems in a non-destructive environment. Introduces mechanical drawings, schematics and procedures. Provides an opportunity to practice industry preventative maintenance techniques and standards involving the disassembly and assembly of mechanical systems using various hand tools. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement.

MT 153. Assembly of Mechanical Systems II. 3 Credits.

Includes developing and practicing mechanical assembly skills on a term-long project using an electro-mechanical device of intermediate complexity. Requires the use of mechanical illustrative drawings and schematic diagrams to create a logical order of operations to efficiently disassemble and reassemble the device. Introduces basic operation of the device for the purpose of testing its proper electro-mechanical operation after reassembly. Prerequisite: MT 151. Audit available.

MT 155. Mechanical Systems. 5 Credits.

Examines basic mechanical components of complex mechatronics systems. Introduces basic functions and physical properties of mechanical components, as well as component materials, lubrication requirements, and surface properties. Includes systematic troubleshooting techniques, troubleshooting strategies, preventative maintenance, and electrical and mechanical component safety. Includes technical documentation such as electrical/mechanical drawings, data sheets, and specifications of mechanical elements. Prerequisites: MTH 58 or MTH 60, or any course for which MTH 58 or MTH 60 is a prerequisite or equivalent placement, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 or equivalent placement. Prerequisite/concurrent: MT 151. Audit available.

MT 163. Pneumatics. 2 Credits.

Examines how compressed air is used in pneumatic components to actuate motion and how the starting, stopping, direction, and speed of the motion can be controlled. Covers troubleshooting of pneumatic system faults following a systematic methodology. Prerequisite: MT 111A.

MT 165. Hydraulics. 2 Credits.

Examines fluid power technology as applied in mechatronic systems. Includes basic functions and physical properties of complete hydraulic systems such as power sources, reservoirs, pumps, compressors, lines, valves, and actuators. Introduces systematic troubleshooting techniques and troubleshooting strategies to identify, localize, and correct malfunctions. Emphasizes safety and preventative maintenance. Prerequisites: MTH 58 or MTH 60, or any course for which MTH 58 or MTH 60 is a prerequisite or equivalent placement, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 or equivalent placement. Prerequisite/concurrent: MT 106 or MTH 65 or any math course for which MTH 65 is a prerequisite or equivalent placement. Audit available.

MT 173. Sensors, Power Amps and Motors. 2 Credits.

Examines sensors, power amps and motors common to mechatronics systems. Covers mechanisms and characteristics of DC motors. Includes DC motor controller/driver circuits. Develops troubleshooting skills at a systems/board level. Prerequisites: MT 111A and MT 121A.

MT 175. AC Motors - Control, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting. 2 Credits.

Covers AC motors and their control. Examines differences between single and three phase AC motors as applied in operation, routine maintenance, recognition, and elimination of malfunctions. Focuses on the industrial, commercial, and residential applications of AC motors in mechatronic systems. Prerequisites: MT 113A, MT 106 or MTH 58 or MTH 60, or any math course for which MTH 58 or MTH 60 is a prerequisite or equivalent placement, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

MT 177. Industrial Robots I. 3 Credits.

Introduces industrial robotic systems, including different types of robots, their components and controllers. Introduces and develops skills in robotic position teaching. Prerequisites: MT 111A, MT 121A, and (MT 106 or MTH 65, or any math course for which MTH 65 is a prerequisite, or equivalent placement). Prerequisite/concurrent: MT 163, MT 173.

MT 178. Mechatronics Capstone-Industrial Robots II. 2 Credits.

Provides an opportunity to work on system-level mechatronic trainers of increasing complexity. Covers signal tracing in schematics of mechatronic systems. Focuses on using schematics to trace, probe and judge abnormal signals in mechatronic systems. Develops systematic troubleshooting skills in mechatronic systems. Prerequisites: MT 131, MT 155, MT 163, MT 177. Prerequisite/Concurrent: MT 132, MT 175.

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: STAT 243 or MT 108, 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 troubleshooting. Prerequisites: MT 101, MT 102, (MT 103 or MT 104), MT 151, CH 100 or higher, WR 121, or instructor permission. Audit available.

MT 224. Process Equipment I. 3 Credits.

Covers components commonly used in industrial equipment, such as controllers, controlling software, 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), and (MT 113 or MT 113B), and (MT 122 or MT 122A), and MT 173, or instructor permission. Audit available.

MT 227. Process Equipment II. 3 Credits.

Covers the operation of typical process equipment. Introduces schematic reading and signal tracing. Covers subsystems of a semiconductor processing system. Includes pneumatics and robotic systems. Focuses on analysis, maintenance and troubleshooting. Prerequisite: (MT 223 or CS 161B or CS 162), and MT 163, and MT 224. Audit available.

MT 228. Process Equipment III. 4 Credits.

Covers a semiconductor processing system. Includes vacuum, gas delivery, robotic and control systems. Focuses on maintenance and troubleshooting. Prerequisites: MT 227, and (CS 161B or CS 162) or (MT 223 and MT 240).

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 112A or MT 112, MT 223, CH 100 or higher, WR 227, or instructor permission. Audit available.

MT 288. 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.