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Vacuum Maintenance Technician Certificate - 28-29 credits

Why Choose the Vacuum Maintenance Technician Certificate?

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 Maintenance

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

Certificate in Vacuum Maintenance

The Vacuum Maintenance Technician Certificate prepares individuals with little or no previous college coursework for a career as a technician supporting vacuum-based equipment.

The coursework included in the certificate provides the student with the necessary academic experience in college algebra, chemistry, general engineering technology and vacuum technology to perform as a vacuum maintenance technician.  

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The Vacuum Maintenance Technician Certificate prepares individuals with little or no previous college coursework for a career as a technician supporting vacuum-based equipment.

The coursework included in the certificate provides the student with the necessary academic experience in college algebra, chemistry, general engineering technology and vacuum technology to perform as a vacuum maintenance technician.

Required Courses - 28-29 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
ENGT 1153 AC/DC Circuits 4
ENGT 1184 Fluid Mechanics 3
VACT 1292 Introduction to Vacuum Technology 2
VACT 2293 Vacuum Analysis and Troubleshooting 4
VACT 2297 Thin Film Deposition 3

Complete one of the following:

Code Title Credits
CHEM 1020 Introductory Chemistry 4
CHEM 1061 Principles of Chemistry 1 5

Complete one of the following:

Code Title Credits
MATH 1100 College Algebra and Probability 4
MATH 1400 Survey of Calculus 4

Other Certificate Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn at least one third of the required certificate credits from Normandale.