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Microelectronics Technology

Rock Creek Campus, Building 7, room 202 | 971-722-7621 | Advisor: mt-advising-group@pcc.edu | Faculty


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  • Did you know that the job placement rate of our graduates is close to 100%?
  • Register for Microelectronics Technology classes today and become a technician in two years or less!

PCC’s Microelectronics program could be your entry to the world of integrated circuits.

Why choose Microelectronics Technology at PCC?


Starting salaries are around $55,000 per year.

PCC’s Microelectronics Technology program has earned a reputation for excellence. In contrast to similar programs, our program is specifically designed to meet the needs of the industry. PCC enjoys a strong partnership with local semiconductor manufacturers. You can equip yourself for success by acquiring skills that are in high demand while benefiting from these strong industry partnerships.

Starting salary at Portland’s median household income

Microelectronics Technology (MT) graduates starting salary is around $55,000 per year including overtime pay, shift and compressed workweek differential pay, extensive benefits including full health coverage, retirement saving plans, tuition reimbursement, personal time off (PTO), paid holidays and more.

Regular schedule

Technicians work a regular fixed schedule of 12-hour shifts: three days one week (with four days off) followed by the second week working four days (with three days off).

Long-lasting, rewarding career

Portland is considered to be the “Silicon Forest” of the world, with a large semiconductor manufacturing base. Intel Corporation is the Portland region’s largest private employer, and there are many others including Analog Devices, Qorvo, Biotronik/MSEI, Lam Research, Applied Materials, Siltronic, Microchip, FEI/Thermo Fisher, SunPower, On Semiconductor, and others.

The cleanest automated environment

You will work in a cleanroom as a member of a team that has well-defined objectives and responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to work in a highly automated facility for some of the most reputable semiconductor manufacturers in the world. Nearly all MT students have jobs waiting for them upon graduation and some even before.

A diverse workforce

There is the opportunity for advancement and to make this a lifelong career. Military veterans have a long history working in this industry – technical military training can often be applied towards the MT credit requirements. Most, if not all, industry partners welcome and mention hiring initiatives in their employment materials to encourage veterans and members of protected classes to apply.

Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Associate Degree: Microelectronics Technology2 years
Associate Degree: Microelectronics Technology: Automated Manufacturing2 years
Associate Degree: Microelectronics Technology: Solar Voltaic Manufacturing2 years
Certificate: MechatronicsLess than 1 year
Career Pathway Certificate: Solar Voltaic Manufacturing TechnologyLess than 1 year


What will you learn?

You will learn to maintain and repair the advanced process equipment and automation used in the semiconductor and solar manufacturing industries using the skills you learn in our program which include mathematics, physics, chemistry, and electronics.

Learn more on our program overview and getting started pages.

What will you do?

The large semiconductor manufacturing base in Oregon needs qualified microelectronics technicians. Technicians in the semiconductor industry evaluate problems, take action to correct both the manufacturing process and the final product, and maintain and troubleshoot processing equipment.

What skills will you use on the job?
  • Applied chemistry and physics
  • Attention to detail
  • Electronic and mechanical skills needed to maintain and troubleshoot equipment
  • Computer skills
  • Interpret specifications, schematics and technical manuals
  • Verbal and written English skills to work in a team environment

Who will hire you?

Potential employers include:

  • Intel Corporation
  • Qorvo
  • Analog Devices
  • Applied Materials
  • Biotronik / MSEI
  • Lam Research
  • Jireh
  • FormFactor
  • FEI/Thermo Fisher
  • Siltronics
  • On Semiconductor
  • TEL
  • Edwards Vacuum Co
  • Microchip Technology
  • and others

Beau is one of our many graduates who started his Manufacturing Technician career with Intel immediately after graduation.

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