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Advanced Manufacturing

Nanotech(1)Advances in manufacturing technologies are revolutionizing industry, impacting almost every employment sector from electronics, biotechnology, biomedicine and pharmaceuticals to agriculture, food production, printing and publishing, plastics, metals, and others. As products are becoming more refined, concepts in nanotechnology are being implemented into common industry practices. Nanotechnology is defined as any technology related to developing materials or structures with features on the nanometer scale (less than 1 micrometer). Examples of these technologies are thin films, fine particles, chemical synthesis, advanced micro-lithography, and atomic/molecular engineering.

The National Science Foundation estimates that two million skilled, high-tech workers will be needed worldwide by 2015-one million in the United States-in high-tech industries such as optoelectronics, microelectronics and pharmaceuticals. Salaries for Advanced Manufacturing graduates with an associate degree range from $35,000 to $55,000 per year, while those with bachelor and master's degrees can expect much higher compensation.

As a student in the four-semester Advanced Manufacturing degree program, you will spend the first three semesters taking general education and science courses at the Venango and Clarion campuses. A capstone Advanced Manufacturing course will be offered in the third semester at the Gregory Barnes Center for Biotechnology Business Development at the Clarion campus.

You will spend your fourth and final semester at Penn State University as a Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Semester student. There you'll receive the most current, hands-on exposure available in nanofabrication manufacturing and characterization technology.

What is Advanced Manufacturing?
Nanotechnology is any technology related to developing materials or structures with features on the nanometer scale (less than 1 micrometer). A true sci-tech revolution has begun that is based upon our ability to systematically organize and manipulate matter on the nanometer length scale. Examples of nanotechnology are thin films, fine particles, chemical synthesis, advanced micro-lithography, and atomic/molecular engineering.

What is the future of nanotechnology?
The National Science Foundation estimates that two million skilled nanotechnology workers will be needed worldwide by 2015 - one million of them in the United States. High-tech industries like optoelectronics, microelectronics, and pharmaceuticals.

Where can I expect to find a job?
The Federal Government states that nanotechnology "is likely to change the way almost everything - from vaccines to computers to automobile tires to objects not yet imaginable - is designed and made." In the future, nearly all high-tech manufacturing company will utilize nanotechnology.

There are a broad range of opportunities for Advanced Manufacturing, such as Industrial Engineering Technicians, Industrial Engineers, Industrial Production Mechanic, Inspectors, Drafters, Chemical, Pharmaceutical & Materials workers. Industries are increasingly relying upon nanofabrication technology.

What is the work environment like?
The environment can range from a traditional powdered metal facility with additional safety protocols to working in a cleanroom-a highly disciplined, ultra-clean world of machining at the atomic level.

What type of equipment will I use?
The equipment used for machining at the atomic level falls into three categories: current industry tools used for manufacturing, instruments that fabricate or control nanoscale structures, and tools to characterize what has been developed. Just like the traditional manufacturing work place, the sophisticated equipment used usually requires a team of operators, technician, and engineers.

18 Credit Capstone Semester
Students will attend Penn State University in State College, PA, during their final semester. As a Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Semester student, you'll receive the most current, hands-on exposure available in nanofabrication manufacturing and characterization technology. You'll work in groups with other students from different schools and diverse backgrounds, enhancing each other's experience. Courses taken will include, Materials, Safety & Equipment; Basic Nanotechnology Processes; Materials; Patterning; Materials Modification; Characterization, and Testing of Nanotechnology Structures and Materials.

Salaries
AAS-IT graduates can expect salary offers up to $35,000 to $55,000 per year. Graduates with a baccalaureate degree can expect salary offers up to $65,000. Students who choose to continue their education may reach the $100,000 range.