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Vacuum & Thin Film Technology (AAS)

Why Choose Vacuum & Thin Film Technology?

This program will help prepare students to work as technicians in industries which rely on vacuum-based processes to create and manufacture products.

Skills Acquired

Individuals studying vacuum technology will learn skills in building, validating, operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting vacuum-based equipment as well as providing advice on the use of this equipment and the processes supported by this technology.

Positions may include responsibilities associated with research and design, operations, quality control, technical writing, and technical sales.

Careers in Vacuum & Thin Film Technology

Types of Jobs

Employment opportunities span a variety of industries such as semiconductor, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), glass, optics, light-emitting diodes (LEDS), solar cells, vacuum-based equipment and other industries which used thin film coating processes.

The duties of a technician include building, validating, operating, maintaining, and troubleshooting vacuum-based equipment as well as providing advice on the use of this equipment and processes supported by this technology.

 

Average State Pay

Annual median salary ranges from $33,821 ($16.26 per hour) to $57,886 ($27.83 per hour) in the state of Minnesota.

Description

The Vacuum and Thin Film Technology program prepares a student to work as a technician in industries which rely on vacuum-based processes to create and manufacture products.

Employment opportunities span a variety of industries such as:

  • Semiconductor
  • Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Glass
  • Optics
  • Light-emitting diodes (LEDS)
  • Solar cells
  • Vacuum-based equipment
  • Other industries which use thin film coating processes

Degrees & Certificates in Vacuum & Thin Film Technology

  • Associate of Applied Science in Vacuum & Thin Film Technology
  • Vacuum Maintenance Technician Certificate
  • Vacuum Technology Certificate

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The Vacuum & Thin Film Technology program prepares a student to work as a technician in industries which rely on vacuum-based processes to create and manufacture products. Employment opportunities span a variety of industries such as semiconductor, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), glass, optics, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) solar cells, vacuum-based equipment and other industries which use think film coating processes.

The duties of a technician include building, validating, operating, maintaining and troubleshooting vacuum-based equipment as well as providing advice on the use of this equipment and the processes supported by this technology. Positions may include responsibilities associated with research and design, operations, quality control, technical writing or technical sales.

NOTE: ENGT 1511 satisfies the University of Minnesota Technology Society Theme Goal.

General Requirements: 26-27 credits

 

Code Title Credits
CHEM 1020 Survey of Chemistry 4
or CHEM 1061 Principles of Chemistry 1 5
COMM 1100 Introduction to Human Communication 3
or COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
or COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
or COMM 1121 Small Group Communication 3
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
ENGC 1102 Technical Writing 3
MATH 1100 College Algebra and Probability 4
or MATH 1400 Survey of Calculus 4
MATH 1080 Introduction to Statistics 4
PHYS 1110 College Physics 1 4

Specialized Career Program Requirements - 22 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGT 1153 AC/DC Circuits 4
ENGT 1184 Fluid Mechanics 3
ENGT 1290 Measurement and Process Control 2
ENGT 2188 Electronics and Automation 4
VACT 1292 Introduction to Vacuum Technology 2
VACT 2293 Vacuum Analysis and Troubleshooting 4
VACT 2297 Thin Film Deposition 3

Complete additional courses to total 30 Career Program Credits - 8 credits

Code Title Credits
COMT 1107 Introduction to Computer Technology 4
or CSCI 1101 Introduction to Computing and Problem Solving 4
ENGT 1180 Manufacturing Processes 2
ENGT 1511 Introduction to Engineering Technology (PLTW™) 3
ENGT 1512 Principles of Engineering (PLTW™) 3
ENGT 1513 Digital Electronics Technology (PLTW™) 3
ENGT 1514 Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW™) 3
VACT 2294 Semiconductor Processing 4

Select from one of the following to reach 60 credits - 3-4 credits

Code Title Credits
ACCT 2251 Financial Accounting 4
ART 1123 Sculpture 1 3
ART 1124 Ceramics 1: Handbuilding 3
ART 1125 Glass Fusing 1 3
COMT 1107 Introduction to Computer Technology 4
CSCI 1101 Introduction to Computing and Problem Solving 4
ECON 2201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 2202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENGT 1511 Introduction to Engineering Technology (PLTW™) 3
ENGT 1512 Principles of Engineering (PLTW™) 3
ENGT 1513 Digital Electronics Technology (PLTW™) 3
ENGT 1514 Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW™) 3
PHYS 1111 College Physics 2 4
THTR 1140 Introduction to Stagecraft 3

Students may select the following if they have not previously applied them to satisfy the Career Course Options above:

  • COMT 1107
  • CSCI 1101
  • ENGT 1511
  • ENGT 1512
  • ENGT 1513
  • ENGT 1514