Semiconductor Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Associate of Applied Science
Short-Term Certificate


Central Ohio’s emergence as a semiconductor hub, fueled by the arrival of Intel in Licking County, presents an exciting opportunity for people of all backgrounds aspiring to pursue a career in this rapidly evolving industry. As the community continues to grow, COTC will ensure a ready pipeline of skilled technicians to support area manufacturers at Intel, its suppliers and other advanced manufacturing firms.

The semiconductor manufacturing program introduces you to how semiconductor wafers are manufactured and processed to become an integrated circuit used in a variety of industries. Coursework includes a focus on quality control, industrial safety, industrial controls/automation, AutoCAD, circuits, introduction to semiconductors, introduction to vacuum systems, fluid mechanics and statistical process control. You will also demonstrate problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills while learning how the microelectronic manufacturing environment focuses on the punctual delivery of products and tasks, according to the standard operating procedure (SOP). A culminating capstone course provides a work-based learning or project opportunity that allows you to apply your knowledge to real-world settings.

Advanced manufacturing environments to produce products such as semiconductor integrated circuits (‘chips’), ultrathin wafer films, microsensors, etc. require extremely clean environments to avoid contamination. COTC partners with Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority and Neurxstem to make use of their state-of-the-art cleanroom spaces, so you can experience real-world cleanroom laboratories. You will learn safety protocols, practice cleanroom standard operating procedures (SOPs), and conduct lab activity in bunny suits and other personal protective equipment.

Industry Certification

Upon completion of the semiconductor manufacturing program, you will take the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Electrical Systems Specialist exam. NIMS certification demonstrates that your skills meet the industry established standards and is recognized by employers nationwide.


Engineering Preview Day

Learn about COTC’s engineering degrees and certificates and explore our labs to see how you will gain the necessary high-tech skills for a career in one of the region’s rapidly growing industries.


Thursday, April 25 at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4 at 5 p.m.
Thursday, June 20 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9 at 3 p.m.
Thursday, July 25 at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 3 p.m.


Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I complete the semiconductor manufacturing technology program?

The semiconductor manufacturing certificate can be completed in two semesters. 

The amount of time it takes a student to complete the semiconductor manufacturing technology associate degree depends upon how many courses are taken per semester. Students who attend full time (and take 3-5 classes on average per semester) can complete this degree in two years. 

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete an associate degree or certificate are listed in a plan of study. 

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students interested at COTC have the flexibility to take classes face-to-face and online. Many degrees, including semiconductor manufacturing technology, require face-to-face courses for hands-on learning. 

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each year!

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.