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Jobs in Vacuum Technology

As one of the only associates of the applied science programs in Vacuum and Thin Film Technology in the nation, Normandale students are at an advantage when they are ready to hit the job market.

Individuals studying vacuum technology will learn skills in building, validating, operating, maintaining and troubleshooting vacuum-based equipment. Students will enter the workforce being able to provide advice on the use of this equipment and the processes supported by this technology.

Employment Opportunities

The Vacuum and Thin Film Technology program prepares a student to work as a technician in industries that rely on vacuum-based processes to create and manufacture products. Positions may include responsibilities associated with research and design, operations, quality control, technical writing, and technical sales.

Employment opportunities span a variety of industries:

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

Average State Pay

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

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