Semiconductor Manufacturing


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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Semiconductor Manufacturing program is designed for students seeking employment in semiconductor manufacturing. This certificate provides an intermediate understanding of the scientific principles and application of practical skills involved in the fabrication and characterization of semiconductors, microelectronic components, and photonic integrated circuits. Students will have opportunities to prepare for entry-level employment, career transition, or career advancement as operators or technicians in these fields. This certificate of completion may also prepare students to take industry certification credential exams in safety, fabrication, characterization, material properties and photonics.


Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Semiconductor Manufacturing (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2023

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Practice safety standards and procedures commonly implemented within the fields of micro- and nanotechnology.
  2. Demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors and how they apply to career opportunities within the field of micro- and nanotechnology.
  3. Differentiate between basic micro- and nanotechnology fabrication processes.
  4. Demonstrate competence using characterization techniques and tools.
  5. Apply photonics principles by assembling, measuring, testing, or repairing optical components and photonic devices.
  6. Relate material properties to the characterization and fabrication processes.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Calibration Technologists and Technicians


Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other


Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians


* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2022.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
MNT130 Introduction to Light and Lasers Gateway course 4
MNT201 Materials, Safety, and Equipment for Nanotechnology 3
MNT215 Micro and Nano Fabrication Tools and Techniques 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
MNT225 Material Properties and Effects of Size Critical course 3
MNT235 Nanotechnology Characterization Tools and Techniques 3
MNT245 Advanced Topics in Light and Lasers 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.