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The High Tech Behind High Tech

When you study vacuum and thin film technology at Normandale, you’ll deepen your understanding of a technology that is vital to cutting edge research and used in many manufacturing industries. Vacuum technology is key to manufacturing many “high-tech” products such as semiconductors, optics, health care technology, architectural glass, and much more. This program will help prepare you to work as a technician in industries which rely on vacuum-based processes to create and manufacture products. 

Vacuum and thin film technology encompasses a variety of disciplines such as engineering, math, computer technology, manufacturing processes, and chemistry.  

Complete your two-year associate’s degree and be career-ready upon graduation. 

Where Will Vacuum and Thin Film Technology Take You?

With a vacuum and thin film technology degree, your specialized skill set will be in high demand by local and national companies.  

This technology is used in research, product development, and manufacturing to produce many everyday goods such as digital electronic components, energy efficient glass, metallized films used for food packaging, and more.  

As a vacuum and thin film technician, you’ll have important training and skills to perform a variety of functions relating to this critical enabling technology. Typical duties 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. 

Vacuum and thin film technology is growing — and so are technician jobs. 

What Makes Our Vacuum and Thin Film Technology Program Unique?

Normandale offers the only two-year vacuum and thin film technology program in the nation. Our specialized curriculum is created through unique partnerships with local companies.   

Your knowledge and skills will be developed in and out of the classroom. Our state-of-the-art vacuum and film technology model system will help you gain hands-on training that will foster your understanding of vacuum system functions and characteristics. 

"This has been such a valuable experience – I’ve learned about coding, collecting data, and doing data analysis. A lot of the devices we have in the vacuum tech lab are the devices they use in the industry. There’s a lot of businesses doing vacuum tech not only across Minnesota but across the country."

Sotheara Sen, Vacuum Technology Student

Vacuum Tech Department News and Publications

Vacuum Tech Department News and Publications

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Endowments and Grants

Endowments and Grants

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Jobs in Vacuum Technology

Jobs in Vacuum Technology

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Shaping the Future of Vacuum Technology Education

Shaping the Future of Vacuum Technology Education

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Vac Tech: Hands-On Learning

Vac Tech: Hands-On Learning

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Vacuum and Thin Film Technology Program Basics

Vacuum Technology Faculty

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