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Vacuum & Thin Film Technology (AAS) - 60 credits

Why Choose Vacuum & Thin Film Technology?

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 & Thin Film 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.

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

Degrees & Certificates in Vacuum & Thin Film Technology

  • Associate of Applied Science in Vacuum & Thin Film Technology
  • Vacuum Maintenance Technician Certificate
  • Vacuum Technology Certificate

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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 and other industries which use thin film coating processes.


Core Courses - 30 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGT 1153 AC/DC Circuits 4
ENGT 1184 Fluid Mechanics 3
ENGT 1290 Measurement and Process Control 2
ENGT 2188 Electronics and Automation 4
VACT 1292 Introduction to Vacuum Technology 2
VACT 2293 Vacuum Analysis and Troubleshooting 4
VACT 2297 Thin Film Deposition 3

Complete eight credits from the following courses:

Code Title Credits
COMT 1107 Introduction to Computer Technology 4
CSCI 1101 Introduction to Computing and Problem Solving 4
ENGT 1180 Manufacturing Processes 2
ENGT 1511 Introduction to Engineering Technology (PLTW™) 3
ENGT 1512 Principles of Engineering (PLTW™) 3
ENGT 1513 Digital Electronics Technology (PLTW™) 3
ENGT 1514 Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW™) 3
VACT 2294 Semiconductor Processing 4

Additional Required Courses - 30 credits

 

Code Title Credits
CHEM 1020 Introductory 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 2102 Business and 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

Complete one of the following courses to reach 30 credits:

Code Title Credits
ACCT 2251 Financial Accounting 4
ART 1123 Introduction to Sculpture 3
ART 1124 Ceramics - Handbuilding 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 (PLTW™) 3
ENGT 1512* Principles of Engineering (PLTW™) 3
ENGT 1513* Digital Electronics Technology (PLTW™) 3
ENGT 1514* Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW™) 3
PHYS 1111 College Physics 2 4
THTR 1140 Stagecraft 3

*If not previously used to satisfy Core Courses credit requirements.

Other Degree Requirements

  • If needed, complete additional courses to reach 60 credits total.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.  

    Coursework in this degree program satisfies a portion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Please see MnTC Degree Audit Report.