Semiconductors Certificate

J. Erik Robey, BS, PE/PS, Chair 
Phone: (419) 995-8071
Office: JJC 132

The Semiconductors Certificate prepares student with the knowledge and skills for a career in the growing semiconductor manufacturing industry. Students will have an excellent general preparation for any manufacturing setting with classes in circuits, pneumatics, and hydraulics. Students will then take specialized classes on the fundamentals of semiconductors and vacuum and gases. The certificate also includes classes in communication and statistics: key skills that are highly desired by manufacturers. Classes are taught using a hands-on problem-solving and exercises that simulate manufacturing conditions. The certificate is an excellent preparation for anyone interested in manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing or their suppliers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate technical and professional writing; verbal and non-verbal communication, listening and documenting, group participation, reading, drafting and researching skills; computer literacy; ISO introduction.                                     
  2. Demonstrate fundamental electrical and mechanical system principles, utilizing test equipment for diagnostics and maintenance.                                        
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of schematics, their characteristics, and common symbols used for electrical, fluid, hydraulic, and pneumatic.                                   
  4. Introduction to semiconductor fabrication (defects, contamination, process flow, tools, operations); safety (working with chemicals/gases, electrical safety, LOTO); Lean manufacturing; hand tools; cleanroom gowning.  Introduction of hand tools commonly associated with preventive and corrective maintenance activities in semiconductor factories. Students get hands on with common hand tools to learn the safe and proper use.            
  5. Introduction to pneumatic systems in the context of a semiconductor fabrication/control/actuation.  Introduction to hydraulic systems and hands on.  Introduction to the chemistry and physics of vacuum, how it measures, and how it is achieved in an industrial setting. Introduction to gases, lab safety, hands on acid/base test; gas phase reaction.                                       

Technical Standards
See here for details.