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 technicianlevel jobs, including those in chemical technology, electronics technology, biotechnology, biopharmaceutical labs, micro-technology labs, and material science industry labs. Students will study electronics at LCCC for three semesters and complete the last semester at the nanofabrication facility at Pennsylvania State University (PSU). Industries involved with nanofabrication include microelectronics, optoelectronics, biopharmaceuticals, and materials. Current spending on nanotech by the U.S. government and industry exceeds $3 billion a year. Over the next 10 years, nanotechnology will transform every industry sector, from advanced materials, agriculture, and chemicals to electronics, energy, defense, and transportation. 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.
- demonstrate interpersonal relations, teamwork, and work ethics through group laboratory projects.