Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (TVI) developed the Advanced Manufacturing career cluster as part of the Carl Perkins Project. The project originated from the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act Amendments of 1998, and its mission is to develop more fully the academic, vocational, and technical skills of secondary students who elect to enroll in vocational and technical education programs.
TVI’s Advanced Manufacturing curriculum offers a broad base of hands-on and heads-on skills necessary to succeed. Associate degrees and certificate options in electronic technologies, materials science, semiconductor manufacturing, precision machining technology, automated machining and manufacturing technology, welding, photonics technology, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and testing and calibration are available. As a part of the program, TVI addresses Sandia’s technologist requirements and aligns to national skills standards.
San Juan College, located in Farmington, New Mexico, offers an associate of applied science degree in Controls and Semiconductor Technology. Students gain knowledge in semiconductor manufacturing technology, equipment monitoring, adjustment and repair procedures. San Juan College also offers an associate of applied science degree program in machine shop technology where students acquire an understanding of machining, tool and dye making, mold making, machine set-up and operation, and quality control analysis.
Luna Community College (LCC), located in Las Vegas, New Mexico, provides two associates of applied science degrees: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology and Electronics Engineering Technology. As part of the Manufacturing Technology degree, students learn about semiconductor manufacturing, electro-mechanical systems, RF power, and computer use for technology. The Electronics Engineering Technology degree includes courses on microprocessor/interfacing, digital electronic circuitry and applications, telecommunications, computer-aided design (CAD) graphics, and electro-mechanical fluid devices. LCC also offers a certificate program for electronics technicians.