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Are you detail-oriented? Looking for a hands-on high-tech job? Are you willing to develop a high skill level as a trained technician?

Think about a career in Semiconductor Manufacturing.

Semiconductors, or microchips, are the “brains” of computers and can be found in almost every electronic product — including cars, fax machines, pagers, cell phones, microwaves and traffic signals. The Internet, wireless communications, satellites and modern medicine all depend on the microchips that control sophisticated computer systems.

Career Opportunities

Become the kind of highly skilled technician that the industry needs. Learn how to install, repair and maintain the equipment it takes to make a modern semiconductor chip.

Get started now in Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology!

Jobs might include semiconductor manufacturing specialist and equipment or process technician. Local industry giant Texas Instruments Inc. has hired many of our program graduates.

Why is This a Good Career Bet?

Microchip technology is used in every type of electronic device across diverse markets that include manufacturing, the automotive industry, biotechnology, computers, appliances and cellphones. Because of increased automation, most new positions will be for technicians as machinery becomes more complex and needs more monitoring.  

Technicians are responsible for understanding more of the fabrication process, so companies hiring new employees will expect a higher level of competency – usually a minimum of an associate degree. Locally based Texas Instruments, which unveiled the first working integrated circuit in 1958, employs more than 30,000 employees in 35 countries. 

Find out more about careers in Semiconductor Manufacturing.

Degrees or Certificates in Semiconductor Manufacturing

Richland College

Richland College is the only one of the seven colleges of DCCCD to offer Semiconductor Manufacturing.

The associate degree formerly called Semiconductor Manufacturing Equipment Technician has been realigned to meet workforce demand and renamed: 

  • Electrical Engineering Technology A.A.S. This new degree was designed in collaboration with Texas Instruments, using target competencies identified by the TI Engineering Council to create a job pathway for well-trained semiconductor manufacturing technicians. Its creation was funded by TI and the DCCCD, as well as a federal grant to Richland College to support the Veterans-Focused Engineering Technology Project for local veterans to enter or re-enter the job market. This degree can be completed in two years by a full-time student and is offered at Eastfield and Richland colleges. 

Biomedical Equipment Technology (BMET) Program for Veterans 

Qualified North Texas veterans have the opportunity to train for one of the hottest job growth areas in health care: biomedical equipment maintenance. The Biomedical Technology (BMET) program provides an intensive five-month curriculum that teaches installation and repair of sophisticated biomedical equipment such as CT scanners, ultrasound machines and EKG machines, all critical for patient treatment and care. This innovative program is a result of a partnership between DCCCD and the Gen. Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Equipment Technology Program, and is a part of MediSend International, a Dallas-based nonprofit humanitarian organization. 

Program participants must be post-9/11 veterans who are good at math and algebra, have electronic and technical skills and are able to attend classes daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MediSend's Biomedical Technology School. 

Successful completers earn a BMET certification and may continue their education to an accelerated associate degree at Eastfield or Richland colleges. Visit for more information or call 214-575-5006, ext. 112.