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Learn the skills you need to get hired in one of Arizona's fastest-growing industries – in just 10 days.

Semiconductors make almost every piece of technology that we use possible. They're an essential component of our electronic devices and many of them are made right here in Arizona. We've partnered with major employers like Intel to develop our accelerated Semiconductor Technician Quick Start program where you can learn the skills you need to join this fast-growing industry.


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What is the Semiconductor industry?

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Maricopa County is emerging as a global semiconductor industry hub with industry growth expected over the next several years. Currently though, due to factors outside of our control, hiring among our employer partners in the semiconductor industry has slowed. At this time we do not know when hiring will pick up again, but we are in constant communication with our partners and we will update you as more information becomes available. 

We will continue to offer the Maricopa Community Colleges’ short-term training program to help prepare students for when jobs become available, to help students gain skills and knowledge to apply to an Automated Industrial Technology certificate or degree program, as well as to help individuals who are interested in applying these skills to other growing sectors of manufacturing.


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Semiconductor Technicians help manufacture semiconductors (essential components of electronic devices) with the use of special purpose furnaces, x-ray equipment, chemical baths, and equipment used to form circuitry and change conductive properties. These technicians work in a clean room environment and wear "bunny suits" (an overall garment to minimize contaminants).


Arizona leads the nation in pay for Semiconductor Processing Technicians, with an average salary of nearly $30 per hour or $62,370 per year (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)! 

Program Details

Program Details

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Course Dates



Spring 2024 Course Schedule

Join our waitlist and you'll be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis once additional classes become available! Please note: All courses take place Monday - Friday.


Chandler-Gilbert Community College

➤ Location: Chandler-Gilbert Community College - Williams Campus | 7360 E Tahoe Ave, Mesa, AZ 85212

          Spring classes are full.

 *The next round of classes will be starting in August 2024 for the Fall Semester.

Estrella Mountain Community College

➤ Location: Estrella Mountain Community College - West-MEC Southwest Campus | 500 N. Verrado Way Buckeye, AZ 85326

          Spring classes are full. 

*The next round of classes will be starting in August 2024 for the Fall Semester. 

Mesa Community College

➤ Location: Mesa Community College | 1833 West Southern Ave Mesa, AZ 85202           

          Spring classes are full. 

*The next round of classes will be starting in August 2024 for the Fall Semester.

 Campus Navigator Contact Information

A Campus Navigator supports you throughout your journey from student to employee. If you can not reach the assigned Campus Navigator by phone, please email the assigned navigator of the campus you plan to attend.

College: Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Contact: Max Espina-Lorenz
Email: azami@cgc.edu

College: Estrella Mountain Community College
Contact: Ivette Rodriguez
Email: ivette.rodriguez@estrellamountain.edu 


College: Mesa Community College
Contact: Alfonso Flores
Email: azami@mesacc.edu 

Duration and Modality

10 days (4 hours per day in the mornings or evenings) | In-person


You will be eligible to receive a $291 tuition stipend, which fully covers Arizona resident tuition and partially covers non-resident tuition. However, you will be responsible for paying a $15 registration fee. The stipend will be awarded upon completing the class and passing the NIMS Technician Certification test. Students who fail to pass the certification test successfully will be responsible for paying the $291 tuition.


Additional funding may be available to cover other training-related expenses for qualified Maricopa County residents.


Upon successful completion of this course:

  • - You will have a portable skills certification for your resume showing you're job ready.
  • - You will earn a college transcript with three credits.
  • - You will have a resume created to help you impress potential employers.

In the News

In the Media

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America’s Semiconductor Boom Faces a Challenge: Not Enough Workers
Fri, May 19, 2023 | The New York Times


Meet a millennial mom who resurrected her career with a 10-day crash course on semiconductors. She landed a new job, learned new skills, and says the pay outweighs long hours.
Sun, August 2, 2023 | Business Insider


Arizona Ramps Up Tech Workforce, Skills to Meet Chips Job Boom

Tues, December 8, 2022 | CNBC


President Joe Biden to visit Arizona semiconductor plant under construction

Wed, November 30, 2022 | CNBC


Colleges offering course for those who want to work at semiconductor factories

Mon, October 17, 2022 | CNBC


Micron announces historic multibillion-dollar deal for a manufacturing facility in New York State

Tue, October 4, 2022 | CNBC


How Arizona's community colleges are cultivating talent
Thu, September 22, 2022 | Arizona Technology Council


Chandler-Gilbert Community College offers chip program
Tue, September 20, 2022 | Ahwatukee Foothills News


The Chip Challenge: Growing a workforce for the Semiconductor Industry
Thu, September 8, 2022 | inBusiness

Phoenix-based Fresh Start Women's Foundation receives more than $540K in job-training grants
Thu, August 25, 2022 | Phoenix Business Journal


Women in tech: Semiconductor tech boot camp from Intel and Maricopa Community Colleges graduates all-female class
Mon, July 25, 2022 | Phoenix Business Journal


Intel & Maricopa to Unveil Workforce Development Initiative at MCC
Wed, March 9, 2022 | Technology Magazine


Maricopa Community Colleges and Intel to Launch New Semiconductor Manufacturing Workforce Development Initiative
Mon, March 7, 2022 | Business Wire


Interested in enrolling? Submit the form below to join our waitlist.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


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The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or national origin. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the career and technical education programs of the District.


The Maricopa County Community College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: 480.731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa College system, visit http://www.maricopa.edu/non-discrimination.