Course Track

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Vacuum & Thin Film Technology

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.

General Education Requirements: 26 -27 credits
with a minimum of 15 MnTC goal credits from 2 MnTC goal areas.
Course Course Name 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
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Specialized Career Program Requirements - 22 credits
Course Course Name Credits
ENGT 1153 AC/DC Circuits 4
ENGT 1184 Fluid Mechanics 3
ENGT 1290 Measurement and Process Control 2
ENGT 2188 Electronics and Automation 3
VACT 1292 Introduction to Vacuum Technology 2
VACT 2293 Vacuum Analysis and Trouble Shooting 4
VACT 2297 Thin Films Deposition 3
     
Complete additional courses (8 credits) to total 30 Career Program 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 3
ENGT 1512 Principles of Engineering (PLTW)™ 3
ENGT 1513 Digital Electronics Technology 3
ENGT 1514 Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW)™ 3
VACT 2294 Semiconductor Processing 4
     
Select from one (3-4 credits) of the following courses to reach 60 credits:
ACCT 2251 Principles of Accounting 1 4
ART 1123 Sculpture 1 3
ART 1124 Ceramics 1 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 * ** 3* **
ENGT 1512 Principles of Engineering (PLTW)™ * 3*
ENGT 1513 Digital Electronics Technology * 3*
ENGT 1514 Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW)™ * 3*
PHYS 1111 College Physics 2 4
THTR 1140 Stagecraft 3
  * If not previously applied to satisfy Career Course Option credit requirements  
  ** Satifies University of Minnesota Technology & Society Theme goal  
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