The semiconductor Chip Fabrication and Nano Characterization certificate program prepares students for semiconductor, nanotechnology, and electronics industry careers through extensive hands-on training on state-of-the-art techniques used to develop today’s most advanced semiconductor chips. 

Students will learn how to design, fabricate, and test advanced semiconductor chips through extensive hands-on training. Students will learn about the principles and processes used by large semiconductor manufacturers as well as semiconductor startups.   

Having completed this program, students will be able to:

  • Safely work in a semiconductor fabrication cleanroom 
  • Design parts of the semiconductor fabrication process flow
  • Understand the different types of vacuum technologies 
  • Transfer a pattern from a mask to a wafer using photolithography
  • Carryout thin-film deposition
  • Perform basic thin-film analysis such as thickness and optical properties measurements
  • Learn and perform basic etching techniques
  • Analyze the semiconductor product through advanced imaging techniques

Roles You’ll Be Ready For
Participants will be ready for entry-level engineering and technician positions in the semiconductor industry following the completion of the program.

There are two cohorts planned for 2024:

  • July 15 - September 21, 2024
  • October 7 - December 20, 2024

The certificate program will be 10 weeks and will include 40 hours of synchronous and asynchronous online lectures and up to 60 hours of hands-on, in-person lab training. The course consists of 10 modules:
Semiconductor fabrication cleanroom orientation and safety

  • Metrology 
  • Lithography
  • Thin film deposition
  • Etching techniques
  • High-temperature processing
  • Wafer bonding
  • Integrated Processes
  • Advanced characterization techniques
  • Post-processing
Weekly Schedule
  Lecture Lecture Lab Lab Office Hour
Mode Online Live* Online Live* In-person In-person Online Live
Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Thursday
Duration 2 hours 2 hours 3 hours 3 hours 1 hour
Time 6:00-8:00 pm 6:00-8:00 pm 1:00-4:00 pm 1:00-4:00 pm 6:00-7:00 pm

*Lectures will be both synchronous and asynchronous.

Cohort 1 - July 15 - September 21, 2024
A tuition waiver is being offered for the first cohort. Use discount code: intro2VASTfw

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Cohort 2 - October 7 - December 20, 2024
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