The @MATEC Archives
|Volume 1, Number 4||Associate
of Applied Science in Microelectronics Technology
Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon
Program History: Portland Community College (PCC) implemented its first Microelectronics Technology program in 1980. The program emphasized thin film processing and was supported primarily by Tektronix, Inc. The program was mothballed in the mid 80’s when enrollments could no longer sustain operation of the degree program.
In 1990, at the request of Intel Corporation, PCC’s Microelectronics program was restarted with redesigned curriculum aimed at preparing technicians for wafer fab positions in Intel’s new factories in Oregon. Intel’s new wafer fab positions required technicians to perform the duties of operator, equipment tech and process tech. Furthermore, PCC’s program prepares technicians to work in teams and to use their education to pursue life-long learning in this dynamic industry.
The allocation of credits reflects the mission and goals of PCC’s program. Of the 108-quarter credits required for the AAS degree, 39 credits are allocated to the math/science core and include a year-long sequence in math, general chemistry and general physics. Twenty-four credits are allocated to English, speech and general education, enabling students to hone their communication skills. The remaining 45 credits are devoted to technical courses in electronics, semiconductor processes, process equipment, and vacuum/RF systems.
PCC’s Microelectronics was offered on-site at Intel’s Aloha, OR, campus from 1990 to 1995. In 1995, the program was moved to PCC’s Washington County Workforce Training Center and opened to the general public. For more information, contact David Hata at (503) 533-2929 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Total Credits Required for the AAS Degree = 108 Quarter Credits