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  • Small chips. Big Careers.

Degrees and Training for Careers in the Growing Semiconductor Industry

Microchips power nearly all our modern devices. That means big career opportunities. Start your future in the growing semiconductor industry with degrees, certificates, and training programs at SUNY.

 

Find Your Program

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Wide range of career opportunities

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Average industry salary of nearly $80,000

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280,000 new jobs expected over five years

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Cutting-edge research opportunities at world-leading labs

Get a degree or certificate to enter in-demand jobs in the semiconductor industry, such as:

  • Network engineer/architect
  • Production worker
  • Process engineer
  • Senior software developer/engineer
  • Application developer/engineer
  • Product line manager
  • Process control engineer
  • Order processor
  • Electronics engineering manager
  • Software developer

 

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Explore Semiconductor Programs at SUNY

 
Advanced Manufacturing
Degree Level: Certificate

This program prepares students for a career in the evolving advanced manufacturing field. Students develop expertise using manufacturing materials and processes and production tools and equipment. The program can be completed in one year, and students can apply the Advanced Manufacturing certificate credits toward the Mechanical Technology AAS degree.

Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Degree Level: Associate

This program prepares students for careers centered on precision metal, composite and plastic fabrication. Using computers and other advanced manufacturing technology, they enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

Advanced Manufacturing Technology (Evenings only)
Degree Level: Associate

This program prepares students for careers centered on precision metal, composite and plastic fabrication. Using computers and other advanced manufacturing technology, they enter the workforce immediately following graduation.

Advanced Manufacturing-Machining
Degree Level: Certificate

This certificate program qualify graduates for entry-level employment in the machining industry. Coursework exposes students to a broad range of technical skills and prepares them for the modern manufacturing world.

Agricultural Engineering Technology: Power Machinery
Degree Level: Associate

Focused on techniques of servicing and selling farm machinery and tractors, students in this program develop skills in the mechanics of gas and diesel power units, field machines, hydraulics, transmissions and final drives, as well as diesel engines, power trains, computerized controllers, electronics, and mobile air conditioning as they pertain to modern tractors. Thanks to a partnership with John Deere, many students are guaranteed employment upon graduation. Graduates are highly sought by employers because they possess the knowledge and skills needed for success in an industry where job opportunities are plentiful.

Automation Systems: Mechatronics
Degree Level: Certificate

The certificate program in Mechatronics is designed to provide the technical training that is necessary for entry-level employment in a variety of high-tech fields. Mechanical and electronic topics are combined to provide a system view of "mechatronic" automation and robotics. It is an excellent path to jobs in advanced manufacturing, including those in the field of semiconductor manufacture. This also provides a pathway to the two-year Electrical Technology AAS program.

Computer Electronics Technology
Elect Tech: Semiconductor Manuf Tech
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering (Online Degree)
Degree Level: Bachelor's
Options: Online Only
Transfers Only

This BSEE program provides flexibility and convenience for completion of a BS degree in electrical engineering while continuing in a current job. It is ideal for professionals and qualified students who are seeking an excellent education in electrical engineering and commensurate opportunities for career advancement. While the program is administered by Stony Brook University, courses are taught online by faculty members at both Stony Brook University and the University at Buffalo. It offers upper-division undergraduate courses, typically offered during the third and fourth years of a four-year undergraduate program in Electrical Engineering. The program is taught completely online, asynchronously delivered for flexible scheduling, and provides all courses, materials, tests, labs, discussions, advising and contact with faculty completely online over the Internet. BSEE Online is an ABET-Accredited and New York State approved degree program in Electrical Engineering.

Electrical Engineering BS/Electrical Engineering MS 4+1
Degree Level: Bachelor's

This program enables students to complete the requirements of two degrees in five years. With an additional year of study, students receive a MA in electrical engineering.

Electrical Engineering Technology
Degree Level: Associate

This AAS degree provides the skills and occupational competence necessary for entry into the workplace as an applied engineer who works with and is responsible for all the electronic equipment in the field. In addition to a firm foundation in electrical circuit concepts, the program also provides a robust laboratory experience. These laboratory experiments supplement classroom instruction and problem solving, and computer problem solving and simulation aid in course instruction. Graduates may enter directly into either the construction supervision BTech, the electrical engineering technology BS, the interdisciplinary studies BTech, or technology management BBA degree program.

Degree Level: Bachelor's

This BS degree is recognized as a "professional degree" that qualifies for experience/education credit toward New York Professional Engineering Licensure. Graduates are allowed six years of the required 12 years of education/experience credit and are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), formerly called Engineer-in-Training (EIT), examination upon graduation. The program includes fundamental DC and AC circuit analysis and digital circuit logic to develop skills in use of electronic test equipment and in use of tools and printed circuit fabrication equipment. Laboratory experiments supplement classroom instruction and problem solving, and computer problem solving and simulation aid in course instruction.

Degree Level: Associate

This program emphasizes both the theory and the application of scientific and engineering methods, and it prepares graduates for immediate employment or for transfer to an upper-division school upon graduation.

Degree Level: Associate

This degree enables students to investigate the theories of electricity with practical experience in electrical, electronic, and computer automated control systems. They receive hands-on experience with programmable controllers, motors, generators, power systems, and computer interfaces. During the final year, students integrate laptop computers into all major courses to further enhance their employability upon graduation.

Degree Level: Bachelor's

Through this degree, students design, develop, test, and manufacture electrical and electronic equipment. They may work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. Electrical and electronic engineering technology is also applied to a wide variety of systems such as communications and process controls.

Degree Level: Associate

This program prepares students for entry-level skills as technicians in the fields of electronics, computers, communications, instrumentation, automation, and power. It also provides the basis for transferring to a four-year engineering technology program. Students receive a solid foundation in electrical and electronics theory and hands-on laboratory experience. Computer simulation and applications are an integral part of the curriculum.

Degree Level: Bachelor's

This program meets the transfer and continuing education needs of associate degree graduates, as well as addresses industry needs for graduates with sound and current skills in electrical engineering technology. It has a sound foundation of mathematics and physics, provides a variety of electives in the arts, sciences, and the humanities. Graduates are well prepared for a wide range of industry positions in the areas of electronic product development, automated testing, quality control, technical sales, technical writing, and management.

Degree Level: Associate

This degree is designed to meet the demand for employees with electronics skills. Students will learn electrical and electronic theories and how to apply those theories in a laboratory setting. Program graduates work in the electronics field as technicians or in a variety of testing and manufacturing careers.

Degree Level: Associate

This program prepares students to fill careers in specialized fields of electronics including electrical machinery, control systems, digital and microprocessors, telecommunications. Students may also use this program as the basis of baccalaureate degree studies in Engineering Technology.

Degree Level: Associate

This program prepares students as electronic technicians to enter such fields as aerospace, communications, digital computer controls and energy conversion. Within these and related fields, technicians may perform duties as part of a research and development team or a manufacturing, test or service group. Graduates may continue their education by pursuing studies towards a Bachelor's degree in engineering technology.

Degree Level: Bachelor's

Students in this program can tailor their program to meet their needs by selecting technical electives to fill individual interests or career plans. Areas of concentration include communication systems, control systems, and microprocessors and digital systems.

Electrical Engineering Technology - Electronics
Degree Level: Associate

In this associate degree program, students receive hands-on training for careers in electronics design, manufacturing, sales, or service.

Electrical Engineering Technology: Electronics
Degree Level: Bachelor's

Program graduates who specialize in electronics are employed in the design, testing, fabrication, and application of solid-state circuits and systems (both digital and analog), communication systems, and control systems. This includes consumer products, as well as industrial electronics and computer equipment.

Electrical Technology
Electrical Technology: Electronics
Electromechanical: Drone Technology (AAS)
Degree Level: Associate

This program prepares students for the workforce as electromechanical technicians with a specialization in drone repair. Students explore internship opportunities through Career Services to gain valuable experience with local high-tech companies.

Electronics
Electronics & Computer Systems: Electronics Technology
Engineering Physics
Engineering Science
Engineering Studies
Industrial Automation - Mechatronics
Degree Level: Certificate

This certificate program combines the principles of electrical-mechanical and computer control used by highly skilled maintenance technicians working in automated manufacturing.

Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Manufacturing Technology
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Degree Level: Associate

This AAS degree prepares graduates for mechanical technologist or industry technician jobs in industry-related areas. These include: automotive component design; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC); process and component design; mechanical systems design; energy systems; product development; and technical support and sales. Students will be able to design, specify, test, analyze, and install mechanical systems.

Degree Level: Bachelor's

This BS degree is recognized as a "professional degree" that qualifies for experience/education credit toward Professional Engineering (PE) licensure.

Degree Level: Associate

A vital part of any engineering field, this program prepares students in the applied aspects of engineering. It requires the application of scientific and engineering knowledge and methods, combined with practical technical skills in support of engineering activities.

Degree Level: Bachelor's

This degree provides a broad education in the areas of mechanical design, mechanics, stress analysis, thermosciences, and manufacturing. Graduates are in high demand and are employed by manufacturing companies, consulting firms, government agencies, testing laboratories, and other enterprises that require people with strong mechanically oriented backgrounds.

Degree Level: Associate

This program is appropriate for students who like hands-on experience, enjoy technology, and want to use their heads. Math ability is important and students center much of their effort on experimentation and problem solving. From manufacturing and construction to equipment testing and power generation, employment opportunities exist in production, product/system testing, quality improvement, and technical services support.

Degree Level: Bachelor's

Students in this BTech degree learn design skills and manufacturing tools and techniques, apply mathematical and science skills in a hands-on world, utilize sophisticated laboratory equipment in testing products and processes, and develop computer skills for solving technical problems. Communication and project management skills are very important, and students often participate in small team projects.

Degree Level: Associate

This program offers an in-depth study of mechanical engineering technology courses, as well as liberal arts and social science courses. Analytical mechanics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics and electricity for mechanical equipment are among the subjects covered in the curriculum. Graduates either assume positions as mechanical technicians or continue their education toward a bachelor or advanced degree in engineering or technology.

Degree Level: Bachelor's

This program provides students with a foundation of knowledge and hands-on experience required and utilized by the industry. It offers traditional courses such as statics, dynamics, strength of materials, material science, machine and product design, applied fluid mechanics, applied thermodynamics, and applied heat transfer providing graduates with a solid foundation of the field. The program also offers numerous technology-based and practical courses, providing students with a well-balanced and needed background.

Degree Level: Associate

Mechanical engineering technicians are problem solvers who study system design, and the production, installation and monitoring of products. This degree provides students with practical, hands-on experience, and prepares them to enter the workforce as a mechanical engineering technician or offers the opportunity to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a bachelor's degree.

Degree Level: Associate

This program prepares students to fill mechanical engineering technician (or related) career fields. It also lays a foundation for students who plan on pursuing a four-year mechanical technology curriculum. The program includes topics in technical computing, mechanical analysis, manufacturing systems, and material testing.

Degree Level: Associate

This laboratory-oriented curriculum emphasizes technical graphics communication, manufacturing processes and mechanical design. Students work hands-on with industry-standard, state-of-the-art equipment as they take courses in computer-aided drafting (CAD) and manufacturing, 3D modeling, machining, and engineering. The program, accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, prepares students for careers as engineering aides, laboratory technicians, and plant engineering technicians in areas such as design and drafting, mechanical design, metal working, and foundry industries.

Degree Level: Bachelor's

This program prepares students to be problem solvers with hands-on skills and well-rounded technical backgrounds. They work in a wide range of advanced mechanical systems and processes, including design and development, installation, maintenance, documentation, manufacturing, fabricating, testing and evaluation, and technical sales. Graduates pursue careers in MET, as well as related fields of computer science, industrial, manufacturing, and civil engineering.

Mechanical Technology
Degree Level: Associate

This program prepares students for employment in the field of mechanical design and drafting, with an in-depth course of study in the technological aspects of the design profession. Students are exposed to the current technology used in industry and prepared for careers in the field of mechanical design and technology. There are concentrations in computer aided design, facilities design, mechatronics, and precision machining.

Degree Level: Associate

This AAS degree prepares students for employment in the manufacturing industries, and they may enter directly from high school or by transferring from another college or university. The program is comprised of general education courses, general industrial technology subjects common to most manufacturing industries, and elective courses providing an area of emphasis in one of three specialties: pulp & paper, plastics, or computer-assisted manufacturing (CAM).

Degree Level: Associate

This program prepares students to enter the workforce after graduation to aid engineers with the design, development, testing, and manufacturing of industrial machinery and consumer products. Students will use 2D and 3D CAD (computer-aided design and drafting) software as a design, drafting, and presentation tool in the workforce.

Degree Level: Associate

This degree program is for students desiring employment in the field of mechanical or industrial engineering technology. Graduates may qualify for positions such as machine, tool, and product designer; industrial laboratory technician; inspector; production control technician; sales, field, or safety technician; CAD operator; and other related positions. Students can choose from either the machine tool concentration or the design concentration and must complete all concentration requirements to earn the degree. Graduates also have the option of transferring to four-year institutions offering the bachelor's degree in mechanical technology.

Degree Level: Associate

This program provides students with an introduction to the principles, materials, and equipment of mechanical technology. Courses include topics in manufacturing, physics, materials, electronics, thermal dynamics, and related subjects. Upon completion, students will have earned a strong credential for entry-level positions in mechanical design, with potential for advancement.

Degree Level: Associate

This broad-based program prepares students to pursue a wide variety of career positions, including engineering design, product development, laboratory testing, technical sales, technician, and manufacturing. Additionally, it includes hands-on application courses, such as robotics, machining, CNC programming, CADD, and hydraulics and pneumatics.

Degree Level: Associate

This program prepares students for a wide array of technical positions in manufacturing. They learn about computer-aided design, conventional and CNC machining techniques, and advanced manufacturing methods and processes.

Degree Level: Associate

Students in this program learn to interpret engineering drawings, design parts, analyze designs, construct parts through 3D printing and CNC technology, and learn other aspects of the manufacturing process. A state-of-the-art CAD lab and fully equipped mechanical laboratory (mechanical and computerized) enables students to combine both the theoretical and practical aspects of designing and manufacturing a product.

Mechanical Technology: CAD Design
Mechatronics
Degree Level: Associate

Students will study a combination of electrical and mechanical topics and have an opportunity to complete an internship to reinforce classroom concepts with real world applications. Among the classes students take are electricity, robotics, automation and controls, mechanical technology, hydraulics and pneumatics, and introduction to networking. Graduates will be prepared for direct employment for technician roles in the manufacturing industry or transfer to a 4-year BT program in a compatible field upon completion of this degree.

Degree Level: Certificate

The Mechatronics Certificate Program prepares graduates to enter the workforce in a wide range of industries with the skills necessary to work on electro-mechanical systems. System-level analysis, control systems, troubleshooting techniques, and repair of electrical and mechanical devices is emphasized with a focus on hands-on laboratory experiences that complement classroom-based instruction.

Degree Level: Certificate

This certificate program prepares students for employment as production technicians in manufacturing locations throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region. It is a two-semester program, comprised of 25 credit hours of training and development. Graduates pursue pathways for achieving associate or baccalaureate degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and industrial technology.

Degree Level: Associate

This two-year program gives students hands-on learning that focuses on developing technical skills needed to support installation, maintenance, repair, calibration and troubleshooting of control circuitry and machine-to-machine networks. The program is one of only a few across the region that offers this training.

Degree Level: Associate

Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary field that combines elements of engineering, machining, information technology, robotics, and electronics. It synergizes these diverse fields to keep production lines, manufacturing floors, and industry processes working smoothly. Graduates of this program will be prepared to operate and maintain electro-mechanical systems found in automated or robotically controlled environments.

Degree Level: Certificate

This program prepares graduates for entry-level positions that involve the operation and maintenance of electro-mechanical systems commonly found in automated manufacturing environments. Graduates are prepared to work in the operations, installation, and maintenance of automated and robotically controlled systems.

Mechatronics Technology
Degree Level: Associate

This two-year AAS degree interweaves electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering technology with applications in automated industrial processes and robotics. Mechatronics technicians and engineers design and maintain automated equipment and work toward the same goal of producing safe and efficient automated equipment. While technicians primarily maintain machinery, engineers are more concerned with the design and development of components and products. Graduates design, adapt, and troubleshoot electro-mechanical systems that are controlled by programmable digital devices.

Degree Level: Bachelor's

This BS degree interweaves electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering technology with applications in automated industrial processes and robotics. Mechatronics technicians and engineers design and maintain automated equipment and work toward the same goal of producing safe and efficient automated equipment. While technicians primarily maintain machinery, engineers are more concerned with the design and development of components and products. Graduates design, adapt, and troubleshoot electro-mechanical systems that are controlled by programmable digital devices.

Degree Level: Bachelor's

The Mechatronics Technology Bachelor of Science degree integrates mechanical engineering, computer science and electronics into one program. The multidisciplinary program allows students to integrate mechanical, electrical, software, and controls into practice through applied problem-solving strategies. Mechatronics impacts the production of smartphones, automobiles and the assembly and distribution of consumer appliances.A broad spectrum of employment opportunities allows graduates to pursue jobs seeking Mechanical, Electrical, Computer, Telecommunications, Systems, and Control Engineers.

Degree Level: Bachelor's
Transfers Only

With this BTech degree, students build on the foundation from the Mechatronics Design associate degree program with experience in welding, machining, pneumatics and hydraulics, sheet metal work, advanced design, and advanced work with programmable logic controllers.

Nanoscale Engineering
Degree Level: Bachelor's

This program offers an academically rigorous preparation for students intending to pursue scientific, technical, or professional careers in nanotechnology-enabled fields or graduate studies in nanoscale engineering or nanoscale science. It also prepares students for careers in other physical sciences or interdisciplinary sciences such as materials science, physics, biophysics, chemistry, or biochemistry.

Nanoscale Materials Technology
Degree Level: Associate

This program prepares graduates for employment in the semiconductor and superconductor industries in manufacturing, research or development fields while providing a solid foundation in material and physical sciences, mathematics, and electronics.

Nanoscale Science
Degree Level: Bachelor's

This program features a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and truly innovative instructional portfolio centered on scholarly excellence. It is an academically rigorous preparation for students intending to pursue scientific, technical, or professional careers in nanotechnology-enabled fields or graduate studies in nanoscale engineering or nanoscale science. It also prepares students for careers in other physical sciences or interdisciplinary sciences such as materials science, physics, biophysics, chemistry, or biochemistry.

Nanotechnology (Jointly registered with Erie)
Precision Machining: Optical Fabrication
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
Degree Level: Associate

This program prepares students for careers in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. It requires a solid foundation in mathematics and physical sciences, as well as technical knowledge and good problem-solving and teamwork skills. Graduates secure employment as manufacturing and process technicians, maintenance and installation/facility support technicians, and quality control and metrology technicians.

Semiconductor Technology
Degree Level: Certificate
Transfers Only

This certificate provides students with highly specialized training in semiconductor and nanotechnology, digital electronics, electro-mechanical devices, semiconductor manufacturing and the nanofabrication processes. The program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce in entry-level roles such as semiconductor processors and nanotechnology technicians.