Specialist Diploma in Semiconductor Technology

This course is targeted at Polytechnic engineering graduates, university physical science and engineering graduates seeking employment in the semiconductor industry, as well as those currently employed in the same field, who wish to develop their competency in the specialised area of semiconductor technology.

Upon graduation from the course, students should be able to:

  • be equipped with specialised skills and knowledge in the semiconductor field and contribute positively and productively at your workplace.
  • have acquired a sound foundation in semiconductor technology principles that will provide more opportunities for further specialisation.

Target Participants
Graduates or individuals who want to upgrade their knowledge in semiconductor technology or specialize in any particular branch of semiconductor industry.

This course is eligible for SkillsFuture Study Award. For more information, please visit the website below.

 Course Information

Semester Commencement:

20 April 2020

Course Duration:

Part-Time / 1 year
This course consists of 2 Post-Diploma Certificates (PDC)

Course Frequency:

Evening Lesson
Every Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7pm to 10pm

Application Period:

04 November 2019 - 19 January 2020

 Course Fees

Course Fee Per Post-Diploma Certificate

Workfare Training Scheme (WTS)1 


SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents


Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above


Singapore Citizens aged below 40


Singapore Permanent Residents


Others & Repeat Students


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(nett fee payable inclusive of GST)
1Please refer to www.workfare.sg for more information on WTS
MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.
Fees payable is based on per MC.
The course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

 Career Opportunities

For graduates of this course who are already working in the semiconductor related field, they can expand their job scope or venture into other technology area according to their company needs. For new entrants, they can take up some entry point job roles as: Associate Engineer, Associate Process Engineer, Associate Quality Engineer, and Associate Equipment Engineer in the areas of design and development, technical support, manufacturing, service and maintenance in the semiconductor field.

 Contact Us


Temasek SkillsFuture Academy 
(East Wing Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 81)

What You Will Learn

Post-Diploma Certificate in IC Manufacturing

The certificate provides students with the knowledge of physics of semiconductors, the theory and the operations of some important semiconductor devices, IC packaging processes and testing techniques. Students will be given opportunities to work on various IC assembly equipment and failure analysis tools to enhance their understanding of the subject knowledge.

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

Gives an overall view of the complete IC manufacturing process, the related equipment and facility systems for crystal growth, wafer fabrication, IC assembly and electrical testing. Students will also discuss various manufacturing issues such as quality, safety, in-line process monitors, contamination, manufacturing errors and some aspects of IC failure analysis and reliability. Students will be taught test specifications, test generation and fault simulation, characterisation tests, tester interfaces and the modules of a typical test system. Students will also discuss the failure analysis of assembly defects and test fall-outs.


Provides the basic concepts of semiconductor material, p-n junctions and electrical contacts. Covers structures and operational features such as logic and memory devices. Students will also learn the fundamental aspects of IC design layout and be familiar with the topographic view of an IC chip.

Post-Diploma Certificate in Wafer Processing Technology

The certificate provides students with the knowledge of various wafer fabrication processes and basic concepts of high vacuum technology. Students will be given opportunities to work on various clean room and vacuum equipment to enhance their understanding of the subject knowledge and acquire some equipment handling skill.

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

Covers plasma techniques and fundamentals of CMOS process. Students will be taught the fundamental principles of various wafer fabrication processes, the fabrication-related causes of IC defects and the working principles of fabrication equipment. They will also use software tools for simulating the different wafer fabrication processes and work on the various wafer fabrication equipment in the cleanroom environment.


This subject introduces the students to a broad knowledge of contamination control in a cleanroom environment. Wafer plant facilities and process equipment are discussed. Students will be given the opportunity to experience the environment in the cleanroom. The subject also introduces vacuum technology which is vastly applied in the semiconductor wafer processing industry today. Students will be trained to operate vacuum pumps and systems through laboratory sessions.

Modes of Assessment


Practical Tests

Written Tests


Minimum Entry Requirements

 At least a Polytechnic Diploma or ITE Technical Diploma/Technical Engineer Diploma/Work-Learn Technical Diploma in Engineering or University Degree in Engineering or Physical Science, or equivalent.

Admission Based on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

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Application Procedures & Enquiries

Submit on-line application via: https://cetoas.tp.edu.sg/Account/Logon

Temasek SkillsFuture Academy
Temasek Polytechnic
(East Wing Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 81)
21 Tampines Ave 1
Singapore 529757

Opening Hours
8.30 am to 7.00 pm (Mon to Fri)
Closed on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Contact Details
Tel: 6788 1212
Email: tsa_acadcet@tp.edu.sg
URL: http://www.tp.edu.sg/tsa

Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel course with low enrolment.

Last updated 1 November 2017