Online Graduate Certificate Semiconductor Processing

Arizona State University’s semiconductor processing graduate certificate online prepares students for careers in engineering and equipment manufacturing. You will learn the tools and techniques needed to create modern-day electronics. Plus, our certificate provides an opportunity for professional development if you are currently employed in semiconductor manufacturing or another related field.

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Next start date: 01/10/2022


Total classes: 5

Weeks per class: 7.5-15

Total credit hours: 15

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What is a semiconductor processing certificate?

Our semiconductor processing certificate is an academic program for graduate students who want to learn the process of creating semiconductor devices.

Semiconductor device manufacturing is an extensive set of fabrication processes used to manufacture electronic devices on the micrometer and nanometer length scales. These include wafer processing plus front and back-end operations and assembly. Semiconductor devices refer to pieces of hardware that rely on the electronic properties of a semiconductor material. Examples include solar cells, light emitting diodes, transistors and more.

This online graduate certificate program in semiconductor processing and manufacturing prepares you for a career in the manufacture of these essential devices and in semiconductor fabrication equipment manufacturing. Semiconductor fabrication equipment manufacturing is the creation of the various tools and processes needed to manufacture semiconductor devices.

What will I learn in a semiconductor processing graduate certificate course?

 

In the semiconductor processing certificate, you will learn how to make the devices that enable the use of modern-day electronics. Our curriculum includes basic and advanced topics in electrical engineering, industrial engineering and materials science and engineering. You will also learn how to apply these principles to semiconductor processing problems.

Valuable skills gained in our semiconductor processing certificate include:

  • Designing experiences and semiconductor process controls tools.
  • Learning cleanroom processes and tools used to fabricate semiconductor devices.
  • Practicing advanced research techniques such as SEM, SIMS, TEM and Auger.
  • Using materials and device characterization techniques.

Is a semiconductor processing certificate worth it?

 

Yes, a semiconductor processing certificate is worth it. ASU’s semiconductor processing curriculum draws on input from local hiring managers and focuses on training students and professionals in various aspects associated with semiconductor manufacturing. Several companies, such as Intel, have also announced major investments into their semiconductor manufacturing facilities, making this certificate even more relevant today.

ASU currently partners with several semiconductor device manufacturers and equipment manufacturers on joint projects. For instance, ASU recently launched a collaboration with semiconductor industry giant Applied Materials. The company agreed to fund at least five years of research in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, with student involvement as the principal focus. Students who complete this certificate will have numerous opportunities inside and outside of the university to apply their skill set.

Arizona’s semiconductor industry continues to grow amid national security and economic concerns. For instance, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company plans to build a $35B semiconductor manufacturing facility in Phoenix, and Intel recently announced a $20B expansion. Along with the many other local device manufacturers or equipment manufacturers, this confirms the utility of our semiconductor processing certificate.

Semiconductor processing classes

This program covers both basic and advanced topics in engineering, math and science. Skills learned are applied to the manufacture of semiconductor devices. Examples of courses include:


Required course

Advanced Silicon Processing


Required course

Design Engineering Experiments


Required course

Advanced Materials Characterization


Elective course

Semiconductor Device Theory I


Elective course

Semiconductor Process/Device Simulation


Elective course

Semiconductor Characterization


Elective course

Fundamentals of Solid State Devices


Elective course

Semiconductor Facilities/Cleanroom Practice


What jobs will I get with a semiconductor processing certificate?

This program is meant to focus on a specific skill set and is designed to provide students with expertise needed in specialized fields. Upon completion of this program, graduates may go on to work as:

Process engineer at a semiconductor device manufacturer.

Process engineer at a semiconductor equipment manufacturer.

Yield enhancement engineer at a semiconductor device manufacturer.

Yield enhancement engineer at a semiconductor equipment manufacturer.

Study with experts in semiconductor technology.

Of the 350+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 42 NSF CAREER Awards for early career faculty in the last five years.

Study with experts in semiconductor technology.

Of the 350+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 42 NSF CAREER Awards for early career faculty in the last five years.

Semiconductor processing certificate admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Application requirements

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Each student is fully supported on their path to success in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. We have received peer-reviewed programmatic honors from the U.S. News & World Report and provide students with a rich learning environment.

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best online master’s in electrical engineering.

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bachelor’s degrees awarded to underrepresented minorities (American Society for Engineering Education 2019).

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engineering student organizations and student professional societies.

#42


undergraduate engineering programs.

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Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

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