Micro-Nano Fabrication Safety Credential
The Micro-Nano Fabrication Safety Credential provides students with the fundamental knowledge required to work safely and effectively in the semiconductor cleanroom environment as well as other high-tech scientific facilities.
Tompkins County and the surrounding Upstate NY area are rich in high-tech companies seeking talented employees, and the the number of jobs in this field will increase dramatically in the future. Through a partnership with the Cornell NanoScale Facility (CNF) on the Cornell University campus in nearby Ithaca’s, student in the credential program will use the CNF specialized labs for their coursework, earning valuable experience as they prepare for careers in the semiconductor and micro-nano fabrication sector.
The Micro-Nano Fabrication Safety Credential at Tompkins Cortland requires completion of four courses.
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CHEM 101 Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 107 General Chemistry I
ELEC 128 Fundamentals of Electricity
MNT 100 Cleanroom Orientation and Safety
MNT 101 Technology and Characterization at the Nanoscale
Principles of Chemistry I
This is a study of the basic principles of chemistry including measurement, atomic structure, bonding, mole concept, stoichiometry, and chemical formulas and equations. It is intended for students who have not had a chemistry course. Laboratory experiments are hands-on, wet-lab, performed in a traditional chemistry lab under supervision of a chemistry professor. Substantial outside preparation for the laboratories is required. CHEM 101 fulfills the SUNY General Education Natural Sciences requirement. PREREQUISITES: MATH 095 or MATH 098 and RDNG 099 if required by placement testing; ENGL 099 or prior completion or concurrent enrollment in ESL 120, 121, and 122 (or prior completion of ESL 103) if required by placement testing.
General Chemistry I
This is a more thorough study of basic principles than CHEM 101. Topics include atoms, molecules, ions, chemical formulas, equations, stoichiometry, gases, electronic structure of atoms, periodic table, bonding, physical properties, phase changes, and thermochemistry. Laboratory experiments are hands-on, wet-lab, performed in a traditional chemistry lab under supervision of a chemistry professor. Substantial outside preparation for the laboratories is required. CHEM 107 fulfills the SUNY General Education Natural Sciences requirement. A student may only apply credit earned in CHEM 101 or CHEM 107 toward degree requirements. PREREQUISITES: MATH 120 and college prep chemistry or CHEM 101; RDNG 099 if required by placement testing; ENGL 099 or prior completion or concurrent enrollment in ESL 120, 121, and 122 (or prior completion of ESL 103) if required by placement testing.
Fundamentals of Electricity
This course provides the fundamental prerequisite theory and laboratory experience to begin studies in electronics subject areas. Students will learn terminology, solutions to engineering problems, and circuit construction and measurement techniques. The material will provide a firm background for further studies in electricity and electronics. Topics include principles of electricity, DC series and parallel circuits, network theorems, magnetism, AC circuits, inductors, capacitors, and frequency response. The lab component will include testing, measurement, and troubleshooting of DC and AC electrical circuits. Computer simulation and calculations will also be used to solve engineering problems. Prerequisites: ELEC 102, prior completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, MATH 120 or MATH 122 and ENGL 100.
Cleanroom Orientation and Safety
This course provides initial training on laboratory safety in the cleanroom environment including overview of cleanroom suit and proper attire, chemical safety, and functionality of the cleanroom. Societal and ethical implications of nanoscale research are also discussed. All training associated with cleanroom orientation is in alignment with OSHA and EPA and GLP standards. Prerequisites: CHEM101 and ELEC128.
Technology and Characterization at the Nanoscale
This is a short course on the key concepts of micro and nanofabrication. This course instructs students on the key concepts they need to understand in order to begin to fabricate semiconductor devices. The course includes in-person fabrication of practical devices. Prerequisites: MNT 100.