Microelectronics is the sub-field of electronics. Microelectronics is a field of engineering that deals with the electronic components and integrated circuits (ICs). It involves the design, fabrication and packaging of electronic components and ICs which are used extensively in smart phones, tablets, computers, telecommunication equipment, audio-video products, space equipment and other electronic products.
This Microelectronics course provides you with a strong foundation in the electronics and microelectronics disciplines. In your first year, you will undergo a common curriculum under the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Programme. In your second and third years of study, you will then branch out into the specific microelectronics areas such as computer-aided IC layout design, wafer fabrication technology, IC packaging and testing, IC failure analysis and reliability, and cleanroom equipment and technology.
As much of your learning is practice oriented, you will learn through laboratory exercises by using state-of-the-art microelectronics-related equipment, computer-aided design assignments, as well as mini-projects, and your Major Project (MP).
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If you wish to take opt for the Diploma in Microelectronics, you need to come in through the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) Programme (JAE code T05) or Common Engineering Programme (CEP) (JAE code T56). You will then undergo a common first year, before opting for, and branching out into, the Diploma in Microelectronics for your second and final years of study. You will then graduate with the Diploma in Microelectronics at the end of your third year of study.
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Electronics is the major industry underpinning Singapore's economic growth, it contributes 25% of the total manufacturing value-add. Of S$16 billion in fixed asset investments in 2012, electronics accounted for almost 38.8% of the total investments. Employment for the industry stands at 80,000, which is 19% of total manufacturing jobs.
There are 14 silicon wafer fabrication plants, 20 assembly and test operations and about 40 IC design centres in Singapore. This includes four 12-inch fabrication plants, the world’s top three wafer foundry companies, three of the world’s top five assembly and test subcontractor companies, and nine of the world’s top 10 fabless IC design companies. Singapore accounts for 10% of the world’s wafer starts.”
With such an industry base, career opportunities for Diploma in Microelectronics graduates are readily available all time round. The curriculum of this course is comprehensive, covering IC layout design, wafer fabrication, IC packaging and testing. The special skills and knowledge that you acquire in this course will definitely give you a head-start in the capital intensive, high technology semiconductor industry in Singapore. You will have the opportunity to work in wafer fabrication plants, assembly and test operations, and IC design centres.
Based on past survey data, Microelectronics graduates are known to command one of the highest average starting salaries and enjoy very high employment rate as well among TP graduates.
Diploma in Microelectronic also offer part-time Specialist Diploma in Semiconductor Technology for working adults. It has been running yearly since 2000. This is evidence showing that the Diploma in Microelectronics is in good demand in the semiconductor industry in Singapore.
Yes. There are plenty of opportunities for you to further your studies. Many universities, both local and overseas, offer degree programmes or Option courses in the field of Microelectronics. You can get into the Bachelor in EEE degree programme at NTU, the Bachelor in EE degree programme at NUS, or other relevant degree courses from both local and overseas universities.
Our diploma is recognized for direct entry by many universities, allowing you to get module exemptions or even direct entry into the second year of a degree programme.
It is also possible for you to further your studies in degree courses other than Microelectronics, both engineering and non-engineering. In the past, our graduates pursued diverse degree programmes in a wide range including EEE (NTU) and EE (NUS), Materials Science and Engineering, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Business, etc.