Nanofabrication Technology A.A.S. (NMT)

*This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.*

This program of study prepares students for technician level jobs not limited to but including the fields of chemical technology, electronics technology, bio technology, biopharmaceutical labs, micro-technology lab and material science industry labs. Students will study electronics at LCCC for three semesters and complete the last semester at the Nanofabrication Facility at Penn State University. Industries involved with nanofabrication include microelectronics, optoelectronics, biopharmaceuticals, and materials. Current spending on nanotech by the US government and industry exceeds $3 billion a year. Over the next ten years, nanotechnology will transform every industry sector, from advanced materials, agriculture and chemicals to electronics, energy, defense and transportation. By 2015, sales of nano-products will be $1 trillion, according to the US government. Students will have an in depth knowledge of nanofabrication industry practices and procedures.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • use digital circuits common to computers such as logic gates, flip flops, counters and arithmetic circuits.

  • interpret data sheets of various integrated circuits in order to select the proper integrated circuit for a given application.

  • describe the fundamental concepts needed for a thorough understanding of modern biotechnology and its applications.

  • list the objectives, techniques and problems related to the application of biotechnology in many different fields

  • describe the basic material types used in nanofabrication.

  • define and explain the interdisciplinary nature of the nanoscience field.

  • properly operate equipment used in the basic nanofabrication process

  • explain the safety and health issues involved with the nanofabrication process

  • describe various vacuum pump systems and verify when a system is functioning properly.

  • describe thin film deposition and etching practices.

  • explain the aspects of photo-lithography from the design to mask fabrication to pattern transfer and inspection.

  • demonstrate effective communication skills by writing technical reports based on their laboratory experiences.

  • demonstrate critical thinking/problem solving abilities by analyzing a non-functioning electrical circuit, determining the problem and restoring circuit operation.

Nanofabrication Technology A.A.S. (NMT)
First Semester   Credits
BGT 110 Fundamentals of Technology 3
ELE 120 DC Circuits 4
ELE 130 Digital Fundamentals 4
ENG 105 College English I 3
MAT 130 Industrial Mathematics 3
  Semester Total 17
     
Second Semester    
ELE 165 AC Circuits 4
BIO 112 Introduction to Biotechnology 3
ENG 107 Technical Writing 3
CHE 108* Essentials of Chemistry 4
Elective Social Science/Humanities 3
  Semester Total 17
     
Third Semester    
ELE 210 Electronic Circuits 4
PHY 110 Elements of Physics 4
Elective Social Science/Humanities 3
Elective** Technical 3
  Semester Total 14
     
Fourth Semester (***Course taken at Pennsylvania State University’s Nanofabrication Facility)  
SMT 211 Materials, Safety and Equipment, Overview for Nanofabrication 3
SMT 212 Basic Nanofabrication Processes 3
SMT 213 Thin Film in Nanofabrication 3
SMT 214 Lithography for Nanofabrication 3
SMT 215 Materials Modification in Nanofabrication 3
SMT 216 Characterization, Packaging, and Testing of Nanofabricated Structures 3
  Semester Total 18
  Credit Total 66

demonstrate interpersonal relations, teamwork, and work ethics through group laboratory projects.

*Students must elect CHE 108 or any chemistry course or sequence of chemistry courses CHE 108 or higher.

**Students may choose from one of the following courses:

BGT 240 Industrial Automation, EGR 101 Engineering Graphics or higher CAD course, ELE 222 Introduction to Fiber Optics, or MAT 150 Introduction to Probability and Statistics.

***Fourth semester class work is held at Penn State University’s Nanofabrication Facility. These courses are designed to be capstone courses for the Nanofabrication Technology program. These courses are lab intensive, leveraging the nanofabrication facility at the University Park campus of Penn State. All lectures will be given in a technology classroom. This classroom is dedicated to the Center for Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology and thus has a wide variety of very specialized, “hands-on” materials and facilities continually available to students.