Why Choose a Vacuum Technology Certificate?
This program will help prepare students to work as technicians in industries which rely on vacuum-based processes to create and manufacture products.
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 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.
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:
- Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
- Light-emitting diodes (LEDS)
- Solar cells
- Vacuum-based equipment
- Other industries which use thin film coating processes
Certificate in Vacuum Technology
The Vacuum Technology Certificate is recommended for individuals who have either a two-year technical degree (complete with the necessary background in college algebra and chemistry) or a four-year technical or non-technical degree and the desire to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to end the field of vacuum technology. Completion of the certificate courses will prepare a two-year technical student with a degree for a career as a technician in vacuum technology. Students who possess four-year degrees will be prepared to advise on and support vacuum-based processes used in industries such as semiconductor, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), glass and optics, LED and solar cell, and thin film coatings.
At least one third of the credits required for this certificate must be completed at Normandale.