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Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology: Career Associate  (4690)

Nanofabrication technology is about working with small things. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter – and a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick! A human hair is 80,000-100,000 nanometers in diameter.

Working with atoms and other nanoparticles requires a special lab or “clean room,” and special equipment like field-emission scanning electron microscopes.

If this area of science is of interest, you are at the right place. It is a growing science that needs skilled workers, and our Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Program will prepare you to succeed in this challenging and rewarding career.

 

What can I do with this in the workforce?  

After graduating from our program, you will have the basic skills to become a clean room technician and be part of a team working for nanotechnology companies. This expanding field offers opportunities in the medical, biological, electronic, aerospace, government and private industries.

You are most likely to succeed in this field if you:

  • Describe yourself as detail-oriented
  • Are able to work on meticulous projects for extended periods of time
  • Can follow strict safety guidelines
  • Have problem-solving, project management, team building, research methods, IP awareness, report writing and presentation skills
  • Communicate well and work well with others

 

What is the average salary?

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What is HACC’s program like? 

We partner with Penn State University in State College, Pa. to provide you with the knowledge, training and skills that you need for the nanotechnology field. During your time with us, you will gain the skills you need for:

  • Biomedicine
  • Cutting-edge computer displays
  • Chip manufacturing
  • Micro-electromechanical systems
  • Opto-electronics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Sensors

In addition to working in our laboratory, you will spend your capstone term (spring or summer) gaining hands-on experience at Penn State’s newly constructed Nanotechnology Center at University Park. You will have the opportunity to work alongside research scientists and undergraduate students at Penn State.

To be able to work in Penn State’s laboratory during your capstone term, you will need to:

  • Complete three terms of background coursework at HACC
  • Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA)
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from a HACC electronics faculty member

After graduating from our Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Program, you will be able to: 

  • Operate and maintain clean-room equipment
  • Work in a micro- or Nanofabrication environment
  • Demonstrate proper safety when working in a chemical environment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of clean-room procedures
  • Write and speak effectively
  • Appreciate accomplishment in the arts and sciences

 

What classes will I take?


We encourage you to:
  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.

 

Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

Yes! Although this program is designed to lead directly to employment, transfer opportunities are available. Our programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. Therefore, we encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so that you can take the proper classes at HACC.

Your transfer options include:

Bloomsburg University of PA: Bachelor of Applied Science Technical Leadership (ONLINE & campus) (pdf)

 

Where can I complete this program?

You can complete the three terms at our Harrisburg Campus.

 

Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are scholarships available. Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships for details and deadlines.

 

When can I apply?

You can apply anytime by visiting our website. We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall. Please include program code 4690 with your application to ensure you apply to your intended program.

 

How can I learn more?

We are ready to help you get on the right track for entering a high demand and emerging field. To learn more about this promising career path, please contact an admissions counselor or department chair Kelley Engle, today!

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