What is this course about?
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 specific microelectronics areas such as computer-aided IC design and layout, wafer fabrication technology, IC packaging process, IC test engineering, and IC failure analysis and reliability.
As much of your learning is practice oriented, you will learn by using state-of-the-art microelectronics-related equipment, through laboratory exercises, computer-aided design assignments, through mini-projects, and your Major Project (MP).
What are the entry requirements
5 GCE ‘O’ Level subjects comprising :
English Language (EL1)* (Grades 1-7)
Mathematics (E or A Maths) (Grades 1-6)
Any one of the following subjects (See#)(Grades 1-6)
Any two other subjects (except CCA)---
# Biology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Design & Technology, Engineering(Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry). Science, Physical Science, Physics, Science (Chemistry, Biology),
* SPM/UEC holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the Bahasa Inggeris (English Language) subject
What is the cut-off point for the Diploma in Microelectronics?
If you wish to take the Diploma in Microelectronics, you need to come in through the Electricial and Electronic Engineering Programme (JAE code T05) or Common Engineering Programme (JAE code T56). You will then undergo a common first year Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme, before opting for and branching out into the Diploma in Microelectronics in 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. The cut-off point for T05 in JAE2011 was 20.
Is there any opportunity for further education?
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 overseas universities. Our diploma is recognised 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 non-engineering degrees courses such as Business
What are the career opportunities?
Despite the economic downturn, many microelectronics-related companies are expanding and preparing for future growth. They are still setting up new factories and hiring polytechnic diploma holders! So beyond the downturn, the Microelectronics sector will be one of the first to recover and surge ahead. In addition, big multi-national companies, such as, French Wafer Maker Soitec and US-based IC Design Company, Marvell,have been setting up bases in Singapore, and this will surely provide more jobs as the sector expands.
The recent developments in Clean Energy in Singapore are also career opportunities for Diploma in Microelectronics graduates. This is becasue the processes and equipments involved in the fabrication of solar cells are very similar to the fabrication of ICs. In fact, many Diploma in Microelectronics students had the opportunities to work on major projects including Solar Cell, in particular Dye-Sensitive Solar Cell (DSSC) and Fuel Cell Technology
To read about the economic assessment of the Microelectronics sector made by the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB), check out the EDB website:
What is so special about this course?
According to the Graduate Employment Survey 2010 (GES 2010), more than 90% of the polytechnic graduates were in the workforce as at 1 October 2010. The curriculum of this course is comprehensive, covering chip design, wafer fabrication, chip packaging and testing. You will have the opportunity to work in our high-tech Class 100 Cleanroom too. 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.
I am interested in Nanotechnology. Does this course offer Nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is part of the field of Microelectronics, and it is offered as an Elective/Option in our “Diploma in Microelectronics” course.
The advantage of our Elective/Option system is that you will get to specialise in a particular field (in this case, Nanotechnology), while still getting broad-based training in a wider field (in this case, other Microelectronics aspects). So ultimately, you can be more versatile in the job market later on, as compared to a student who only specialises in Nanotechnology.
I am interested in Clean Energy Technologies. Does this course offer Clean Energy Technologies?
Clean Energy Technologies are very closely related to microelectronics. Many of the processes, like diffusion and ion implantation, are similar to that of wafer fabrication. After all, a solar cell is but a big piece of diode. Microelectronics students will have opportnities to work on major projects related to clean energy technologies including Solar Cell, in particular Dye-Sensitive Solar Cell (DSSC) and Fuel Cell Technology.