October 07, 2011

CNSE’s STC And FLCC Partner To Launch Cleanroom Operator Training Program

By: Lenore Friend, FLCC and Steve Janack, CNSE


VICTOR, N.Y. (October 6, 2011) - The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's (CNSE) Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) and Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) today announced a partnership to establish an innovative education and training program that will help build the highly skilled nanotechnology workforce critical to driving high-tech economic growth in Western New York.

FLCC has begun accepting applications for the two-week cleanroom operator training program, scheduled to begin in January, with classroom education at the FLCC Victor Campus Center and cleanroom tours and activities at CNSE's STC in Canandaigua.

Students who complete the program will be prepared for entry-level work in high-tech research, development and manufacturing facilities that require environments free of pollutants to produce precision components, including those used in products ranging from smart phones, laptops and televisions to medical devices, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and weaponry and protective gear for the military.

In developing the course, FLCC and CNSE's STC worked with Moser Baer Technologies, which began operations at CNSE's STC in May 2010. The company is engaged in the business of designing and installing a manufacturing pilot line for OLED (organic light emitting diode) lighting panels, as well as other activities relative to advanced solid-state lighting technology. 

"As CNSE's Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center continues to build its high-tech capabilities and deploy them to attract new jobs and companies to the Greater Rochester region, it is critical to have a highly skilled, highly trained workforce in place to support and enable technological and economic growth," said Paul Tolley, CNSE Vice President for Disruptive Technologies and Executive Director of CNSE's STC. "We look forward to working with Finger Lakes Community College and Moser Baer Technologies to ensure that this program provides innovative education and training through which residents can build exciting and productive careers in the growing nanotechnology industry."

"Statistics show a demand for middle-skill jobs, those that require more than high school but less than a four-year degree," said Lynn Freid, manager of training and business development at FLCC. "We're starting to see that now in the region, and FLCC's programs, such as this partnership with CNSE's STC, can provide the training for people to get the skills that match emerging jobs."

"Moser Baer Technologies anticipates hiring three trained qualified cleanroom operators beginning in the first quarter of 2012," said David Newman, vice president of Moser Baer. "Over the next two years, as we ramp up our pilot line activities, we anticipate the need to hire additional qualified cleanroom operators and other staff."

Cleanroom operators must know how to properly prepare themselves and dress to work in a cleanroom environment; how to monitor and adjust expensive equipment that is highly sensitive; and how to adhere to environmental and occupational health and safety standards, among other responsibilities.

To be eligible for the program, students must be legally authorized to work in the United States and be 18 or older with a driver's license and a high school diploma or GED. Tuition is $780, including all course materials. Tuition assistance may be available through programs for dislocated or unemployed workers and low-income youth.

Entry into the program also requires completion of one of the orientation sessions, scheduled for Oct. 18 and 25 and Nov. 1 and 8, at 9 a.m. at the FLCC Professional Development and Continuing Education, Room B128, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive in Canandaigua.

Space in the class is limited. To register for orientation, contact Colleen Aiezza at FLCC at (585) 785-1906 or [email protected].

About  FLCC. Finger Lakes Community College (https://exchange.albany.edu/owa/[email protected]/UrlBlockedError.aspx) is a State University of New York two-year higher education institution. FLCC's 250-acre park-like campus is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes in Canandaigua, N.Y. The College offers 54 degree and certificate programs, including environmental conservation, ornamental horticulture, music recording technology, nursing, communications, graphic design and viticulture and wine technology. FLCC's current enrollment is 6,935 full- and part-time students.

About CNSE. The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience and nanoeconomics. With more than $12 billon in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world's most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE's footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, an 800,000-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 85,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,600 scientists, researchers, engineers, students and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML and Novellus Systems. An expansion now underway, part of which will house the world's first Global 450mm Consortium, will add nearly 500,000 square feet of next-generation infrastructure, an additional 50,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms, and more than 1,000 scientists, researchers and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. In addition, CNSE's Smart Systems Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center at SUNYIT in Utica and is a co-founder of the Nanotechnology Innovation and Commercialization Excelerator in Syracuse. For information, visit http://www.cnse.albany.edu/.

About CNSE's STC. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center assists small and large companies in transitioning new technologies from concept to manufacturing. STC maintains a 140,000-square-foot facility with over 25,000 square feet of cleanrooms for micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication and packaging, and works with large and medium-sized companies to help them bring new technologies to market; with small companies ready to transition from prototype and low-volume manufacturing to scalable manufacturing; and with various federal agencies to develop technology solutions to areas of critical national need, including smart prosthetics and improvised explosive device (IED) detection. For more information, visit http://www.stcmems.com/.