Online Electronics Materials and Processing Certificate

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Versatile Certificate | 9 credits | 1-2 Semesters to Complete


Advance Your Career with a Graduate Certificate in Electronics Materials and Processing from a Top Engineering School.

The electronics industry has grown significantly over the last ten years. According to the World Bank, global revenue from electronics manufacturing, which was $1.7 trillion in 2010, rose to $2.2 trillion by 2020. This difference represents a growth rate of over 28%. Therefore, as the world's technology and software continue to advance and grow more sophisticated, companies and organizations around the globe depend on the expertise of engineers trained in electronics materials and processing to keep these technologies running smoothly and efficiently.

Electronic materials are materials used in the manufacture of electronic components and devices. They include materials like silicon, copper, aluminum, and various polymers, as well as many specialty materials like conductive inks, adhesives, and fluxes. These materials play a key role in the performance and reliability of electronic components, which are found in devices used by billions of people across the world every day, such as watches, computers, smart devices, airplanes, and cars.  

In particular, electronic materials processing involves analyzing the composition and properties of various electronic and electro-mechanical materials; determining how these materials can be processed for optimum functionality, especially in computer engineering or sensor design applications; and troubleshooting electronic components and systems.

Earning a graduate electronics materials and processing certificate from Michigan Technological University will help you enhance your computer, mechanical, electrical, and materials science engineering knowledge. You'll learn micromachining and microfabrication techniques, design VLSI circuits using CAD tools, and analyze the principles of solid-state devices at micro- and nano-scale dimensions. In short, you will acquire cutting-edge, versatile skills that are in demand by several industries as well as by research and development facilities.

Why Earn Your Electronics Materials and Processing Graduate Certificate at MTU?

Whether you’re a working professional seeking promotion or are a recent graduate who wants to begin a career in the fast-paced worlds of electrical and computer engineering, we’ve designed our electronics materials and processing certificate with you in mind.

When you earn your graduate certificate in electronics materials and processing at MTU, you’ll have several advantages.

  • World-Class Academic Experience

    Our excellent academic programs and focus on career preparation are some of the main reasons that Forbes ranks MTU among the top 25 STEM colleges. 
  • Distinguished Faculty

    You'll benefit from faculty mentors who bring their years of industry and educational experience into the classroom. Work with Dr. Elena Semouchkinato understand complex concepts like metamaterials, metasurfaces, and the processing of electronic materials. Let Dr. Paul Bergstrom guide you through mastering micro-electromechanical systems and micromachining materials. Electronics Materials and Processing is one of MTU's strengths. In fact, in 2022, Michigan Tech's expertise in this area led it to being one of only four universities chosen for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's (MEDC) Semiconductor Talent Action Team (TAT).
  • Flexible Online Course Delivery

    We’ve designed an electronics materials and processing program to fit any schedule—no matter how hectic it may be. Working professionals or recent graduates will enjoy synchronous or asynchronous online courses they can view anytime.

Electronics Materials and Processing Courses

We offer an open electronics materials and processing certificate program that lets you build on your previous education and experience, whether it is in electrical engineering, microsystem technology, or computer engineer. You'll create a course of study that aligns with your career interests and goals.

Through experiential learning and engaging online classes, you will apply the theories you learn to real-world engineering situations.

Each student will choose three courses to complete their electronics materials and processing program.

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Choice of Courses

  • Advanced MEMS
  • Advanced VLSI Computer-Aided Design
  • Electronic Materials
  • Introduction to MEMS
  • Semiconductor Fabrication
  • Solid-State Devices
  • VLSI Design

Visit the program page to learn more about prerequisites and the above courses.

Program Website

Lay the Groundwork for a Graduate Program with an Electronics Materials and Processing Certificate from MTU.

The electronics industry faces upcoming challenges. For instance, there is the need for more efficient, cost-effective manufacturing processes. There are also imperatives to reduce component size and weight, increase the speed of assembly and testing, and develop new materials and processes that are more powerful, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and sustainable. These demands will require advances in materials, process, and device design. Engineering professionals must keep up with these advances and new processes to continue pushing the field forward.

With a certificate in electronics materials and processing, you will be prepared to meet these challenges and increase your career opportunities. Alternatively, this certificate might act as a pathway to further graduate studies, either now or further down the road.

What Can You Do with an Electronics Materials and Processing Certificate from MTU?

You might still be asking, “Who handles electronic materials?” Well, both electrical and computer engineers design, maintain, and process them.

As a student in the electronics materials and processing program at MTU, you’ll receive valuable training in the composition and properties of various electronic and electromechanical materials. You’ll also gain skills for industrial work in a wide variety of exciting industries, including manufacturing, technology, aerospace, and communications—among many others.

Not only will you enjoy the personal and professional satisfaction of following your passions, but you’ll also enjoy an exceptionally high salary.

Possible Career Pathways

  • Materials analysis engineer
  • Instrumentation and controls engineer
  • Materials research engineer
  • Electronics engineer
  • Nanofabrication processing engineer
  • Materials engineer
  • Materials and processes engineer
  • $128,000
    average yearly salary of a computer hardware engineer, according to the US BLS

Get Started on Your Online Certificate.

Take the next step on your journey at Michigan Tech and become a professional engineer with advanced knowledge and skills in the designing and processing of electronic materials. We’re here to answer all your questions and help you succeed in your online program.